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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:40 PM

Weird-Looking, Meat-Eating Sponge Found In Deep Sea

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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 (3.5 kilometers) 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.

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.

More at link including video.
http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/3752-new-carnivorous-sponge-species.html

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littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 OP
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #1
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2012 #3
Gore1FL Dec 2012 #5
intheflow Dec 2012 #4
Tyrs WolfDaemon Dec 2012 #13
intheflow Dec 2012 #18
Tyrs WolfDaemon Dec 2012 #25
Beartracks Dec 2012 #6
patrice Dec 2012 #7
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #23
liberalhistorian Dec 2012 #8
Javaman Dec 2012 #9
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #10
flying-skeleton Dec 2012 #11
Enrique Dec 2012 #12
eppur_se_muova Dec 2012 #14
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #16
eppur_se_muova Dec 2012 #17
valerief Dec 2012 #15
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #20
valerief Dec 2012 #21
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2012 #22
yesphan Dec 2012 #19
Kablooie Dec 2012 #24
Pterodactyl Dec 2012 #26

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:42 PM

1. Braaaainnns....must have brains.....come closer my friend...

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:52 PM

2. Beautiful creature!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:53 PM

3. A carnivorous sponge?

Who lives in a dark abyss under the sea?
Spongebob Squarepants!
Spiny and weird and carniv'rous is he!
Spongebob Squarepants!



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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:57 PM

5. I'd love a crabby patty right about now. n/t

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:46 PM

4. the balls on the top are its balls.

Literally. Those balls are sperm sacks.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:42 PM

13. Does this mean we can finally say:

"Chuck Norris doesn't have the balls of a sponge" ?

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Response to Tyrs WolfDaemon (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:38 AM

18. Er... sure.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:22 AM

25. Sorry about that. That comment is proof that I need to not use the computer after taking

lots of my pain meds. I'm sure it made sense to me at the time, but I have no idea what I was thinking.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:25 AM

6. I thought most meat-eating sponges were in Congress...

... or maybe Texas.



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Response to Beartracks (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:30 AM

7. LOL!!!

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:20 PM

23. good one!

Comedy gold.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:42 AM

8. I remember when I took my son to see the

exhibit of Titanic artifacts about twelve or so years ago at the Great Lakes Science Museum in Cleveland. In addition to all of the passenger possessions and ship memorabilia that had so far been found in the wreckage, they had an exhibit of the deep-sea creatures that had been found and captured during searches and explorations of the wreckage. The words strange, weird, eerie and, at times, terrifying, do not begin to come close to the way these creatures looked. Many had never been seen before and, from the looks of them, I was very glad they were deep-sea and rarely seen!

This sponge, though, is truly both beyond fascinating and bizarre.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:43 AM

9. I'm always so amazed at how such delicate looking creatures can exist at

such amazing pressures.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:27 AM

10. K&R

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 03:13 PM

11. "Harp Sponge" is boring - How about renaming it .........

Boehnersarus !!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 05:58 PM

12. it looks like a bar graph

i've been reading too many polls.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:54 PM

14. I was going to post a picture of SpongeBob, but then I saw the picture ...

and couldn't help but think of Hallucigenia ...

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:05 AM

17. Artist's reconstructions vary considerably ...

at first, the animal was shown upside down ... at least that's what they think now ...

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:45 PM

15. Gorgeous. Should be called the Liberace Sponge. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:51 PM

20. +1 gajillionskadillionbillionzillion!

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:47 PM

21. Since you're a fan...

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Response to valerief (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:19 PM

22. hahaaaa!

Yay Liberace and YAY for the Liberace Sponge. Much more creative and funny name than the one the biologists came up with!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:49 AM

19. Poseidons Comb.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:15 AM

24. I wonder if the Humane Society will ever find a loving home for that poor thing.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:59 PM

26. That's amazing!

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