An Unusually Massive Amount of Bacteria Is Found

A single-cell bacterium that can be seen with the naked eye is a sign that something really unusual is taking place. Biologist Jean Marrie Volland had this experience when he discovered a bacterium species with a maximum size of 20 millimetres! Photograph of a mangrove by Pierre Yves Pascal; illustration by Susan Brand/Berkeley Lab; seen above is an artist’s rendition)

These Guadeloupean bacteria were previously discovered by a different researcher. Location: Guadeloupe is a French territory that is just north of Puerto Rico. As I would expect, these megabacteria originate from a tropical environment, which is where I would expect them to flourish.

There is a plausible explanation for the discovery of such massive single-cell organisms. The mangroves where this bacterium was located produce a lot of sulphur, which is why this bacteria is so large. Thiomargarita Magnifica is the name of their clan. Furthermore, bacteria of this size have no natural predators.

There may be much larger germs out there, according to scientists. Because it’s a scientific curiosity, this one doesn’t pose any harm to people. Just a rare case of a microbe that may be caught with tweezers in nature. If you’re swimming near a mangrove, keep an eye out for one.