posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 01:15 PM
A photo posted to the online sharing site Reddit has the Internet abuzz. It shows a tiny animal--a shrimp-like crustacean called a copepod--and
announces that the reader found it in his New York City tap water.
"You swallow these invisible shrimp with every gulp of NYC tap water," trumpeted online blog Gizmodo about the discovery. Time magazine's website also
announced the find breathlessly, exhorting New Yorkers to "drink up"--but noting that the critters may pose a problem for many of the city's Jewish
"Besides a serious 'ick' factor, the copepods are technically crustaceans, which means they aren't kosher for the city's large Orthodox, observant
Jewish population," the site warned.
Copepods like this one are among the zooplankton that live in freshwater--and that's nothing to worry about.
Photo of copepod Eudiaptomus vulgaris from Wikimedia Commons
It's all true. There are, indeed, copepods in New York's drinking water--and the reason they're there is that the city's water is superb for drinking.
In fact, people across the country with excellent natural water supplies swallow invisible bugs like these every day
Ok so I was wondering how many other known creatures are living in our drinking water besides these little guys?
edit on 9/9/10 by Ophiuchus 13 because: (no reason given)