Strange, Meat-Eating Sea Sponge Found In Deep Ocean

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PostThu Nov 15, 2012 12:19 am » by NamelessGhoul

Strange, Meat-Eating Sea Sponge Found In Deep Ocean


A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California’s Monterey Bay. The meat-eating species was dubbed the “harp sponge,” so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side. A team from the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., discovered the sponge in 2000 while exploring with a remotely operated vehicle. The sponges live nearly 2 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. “We were just amazed. No one had ever seen this animal with their own eyes before,” said Lonny Lundsten, an invertebrate biologist at the research institute and one of the first to see the harp sponge.

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Researchers later collected two sponges and made video observations of 10 more. Comparison with other carnivorous sponges confirmed that Chondrocladia lyra, the sponge’s scientific name, was a new species and revealed some interesting insights into the sponge’s life cycle. The results of the analysis were published Oct. 18 in the journal Invertebrate Biology. … Velcro-like barbed hooks cover the sponge’s branching limbs, snaring crustaceans as they are swept into its branches by deep-sea currents.Once the harp sponge has its meal, it envelops the animal in a thin membrane, and then slowly begins to digest its prey. The sponges cling to soft, muddy sediment on the ocean floor with root-like “rhizoids,” living among other mysterious creatures. The first harp sponges scientists found had only two branches, called vanes. Additional remote-vehicle dives revealed creatures with up to six vanes, Lundsten told OurAmazingPlanet. The biggest were 14 inches tall. The team believes the harp sponge evolved this elaborate, candelabra-like structure to increase the surface area it exposes to currents so it can capture more prey.

The harp sponge is one of four new species Lundsten has helped identify. “We’ve seen only 1 percent of Monterey Bay and it’s still one of the most well-studied regions of Earth in deep water,” he said. “I can look out over the waters from MBARI and imagine thousands of species out there yet to be discovered.” …

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PostThu Nov 15, 2012 12:31 am » by Kaarmaa

Beautiful. :flop: Deep sea creatures are fascinating especially the fluorescent ones.

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PostThu Nov 15, 2012 2:48 am » by Ishumble

wow how unique

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PostThu Nov 15, 2012 4:11 am » by Shaggietrip


But is it new? hmmm.. Some theories say we came from the sea. Now we eat meat. Even though some studies say it is bad for us. Evolution baby.

neat thread Marduk2012 :dunno:
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PostThu Nov 15, 2012 4:32 am » by Lowsix

Was almost positive this would be a thread about El Dorado.
warløckmitbladderinfection wrote:blasphemous new gehenna inhabitant makes god sad...

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