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The Unsinkable Pygmy Gecko

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The Brazilian pygmy gecko is a tiny inhabitant of the Amazon rainforest, growing to no longer than 24 mm. But these tiny lizards have some incredible superpowers when it comes to surviving the rainforest’s deluges. The gecko’s surface is superhydrophobic — water repellent — thanks to millions of tiny hairs that create air pockets between water and the gecko’s skin. This superhydrophobic surface, combined with the gecko’s tiny stature, allow it to sit atop water, supported entirely by surface tension. (Image and video credit: BBC Earth)

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