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Meat-eating sponge observed on ocean floor

By T.K. Randall
November 14, 2012 · Comment icon 18 comments

Image Credit: CC 2.5 Clark Anderson
A bizarre carnivorous sponge shaped like a candelabra has been found off the coast off California.
Known as the 'harp sponge', the species lives two miles below the ocean surface and feeds off crustaceans. The sponge's limbs are covered in Velcro-like hooks which snare unsuspecting prey swept in to it by the currents. Until now the harp sponge had only ever been seen through a remote-operated deep sea vehicle.

"No one had ever seen this animal with their own eyes before," said biologist Lonny Lundsten who was one of the first researchers to see the sponges. "We were just amazed."
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.

Source: MSNBC | Comments (18)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by sergeantflynn 11 years ago
man-eating sponge ? I once saw a man eating fish .
Comment icon #10 Posted by Pinguin 11 years ago
man-eating tree? haha that would be interesting
Comment icon #11 Posted by csspwns 11 years ago
man-eating rock ? haha that would be very interesting
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns 11 years ago
man-eating rock ? haha that would be very interesting
Comment icon #13 Posted by Oniomancer 11 years ago
Looks like a relative of the species infamously photographed by the Eltanin:
Comment icon #14 Posted by WoIverine 11 years ago
Meat eating sponge? I was wondering where my ex ran off to. Oh look, there she is.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Junior Chubb 11 years ago
I was really hoping to see a man cross legged on the ocean floor eating a sponge. My disappointment was replaced by amazement when I took a look at the killer-sponge. Now I can't stop imagining a Jaws like film... Sponge its not safe to go back into the water
Comment icon #16 Posted by justcalmebubba 11 years ago
lol the real spoungebobbit
Comment icon #17 Posted by Tommy13 11 years ago
Looks like a Venus fly trap under water
Comment icon #18 Posted by nohands 11 years ago
lol is not man eating... it can capture a man but a man can destroy it in a second lol.

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