Killer Sponge! Four New Carnivorous Sponges Discovered

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 5 years ago
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When most people think of sponges, Killer Sponges are not the first thought that comes to mind. However, they do in fact exist. [youtube] Up until just this month, there were only 7 known species of carnivorous sponges, most of which were found in the Mediterranean. However, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently discovered 4 new species of carnivorous sponges. These discoveries bring the total known number of carnivorous sponges to 11. killer-sponge-01-600x450sponge 2sponge 3Two of the species found were off the California Coast, one in the Gulf of California off Mexico, and the last species was found off south Vancouver Island. To feed, the carnivorous sponges use microscopic hooks to snare tiny crustaceans and then slowly eat them, using specialized enzymes. MORE

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Francis Yupangco

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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