CRYO: Nature's little cryonauts

Aaron Davidson (
Sun, 1 Aug 1999 02:24:16 -0600

Hello everyone. I just thought I'd write down a little childhood memory to share with the list, as those of you who are interested in cryonic suspension may find it amuzing.

As a young boy, I grew up in the North West Territories of Canada, in a small town call Inuvik. Inuvik strangely would give me my first introuction to the idea of cryonic suspension. I lived there for five years, and each spring the same amazing event happened in our school yard. As the warm winds started to move in to town, and the snow and ice began to thaw, large chunks of hard ice would start sliding off of the roof of the school. What my friends and I soon discovered to our delight were flies encased in the ice. They had spent the entire 9 months of the winter frozen solid in ice which formed on the aluminum roofing of the school. At recess we would chip out dozens of ice chunks holding these flies, and sneak them back into the classroom with us. Then we would hide them in the garbage pail and about an hour into the class the ice would have thawed and amazingly, the flies would thaw as well and soon there would be dozens of house flies buzzing around annoying the teacher. It was always amuzing to have flies buzzing about when the land was still covered in snow and the temperature outside was just above freezing!

Does anyone know how common such types of hibernation are in the animal kingdom? I've heard of frogs and such that hibernate in the ground, but they must still remain warm enough that they don't freeze solid. These little house flies (at least they looked like ordinary house flies) were frozen solid in the ice. There can't have been any liquid in them during the winters. But they managed to thaw out and fly around as soon as the ice melted off of them.

Strange, bu true.


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