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Four New Species of Deep-Sea Killer Sponge Discovered

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Four new species of carnivorous sea sponge have been discovered in a place where ridiculous adaptations for sourcing food seem about as widespread as horrific ways to die – the deep sea. Following their discovery in 2012 of the fantastic-looking carnivorous harp sponge (Chondrocladia lyra) off the coast of California and almost four kilometres deep, [...]

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New carnivorous harp sponge discovered in deep sea

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You may remember the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) from such discoveries as the Yeti crab, the squid with elbows and my personal favourite, the pigbutt worm, and now they’re back with footage of a new species of carnivorous sponge. Seventeen years ago, Jean Vacelet and Nicole Boury-Esnault from the Centre of Oceanology at [...]

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