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Saturday, 27 May 2017

New species of meat-eating sponge found off the coast of Canada

Researchers discovered new Species of meat eating sponge in North Atlantic Ocean. New Species of meat eating does not eat a human meat, New Species of meat eating feeds on zooplankton and tiny animals in sea water. The new species Cladorhiza kenchingtonae was found in the depth of 1.8 miles underneath the ocean surface.


New species of meat-eating sponge found off the coast of Canada
New species of meat-eating sponge found off the coast of Canada



Carnivorous sponge named Cladorhiza kenchingtonae after the Ellen Kenchington Canadian researcher, its 6.5 feet long. Cladorhiza kenchingtonae surface covered with the microscopic hook its look like glass spicules, that give sea creature “Velcro like surface,” 



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according to the press release by the Fisheries of Canada and Oceans Canada department. This discovery was announced on this week, sponge was found in 2010 by Kenchington and some of other researchers at Bedford Institute of Oceanography. 



New species of meat-eating sponge found off the coast of Canada



The team of researchers were not looking for new species but when the Remotely Operate Vehicle spotted at the sponge, The team on board Hudson realized they had never see this type of creature before and quickly collected a sample. Starting studding on this sponge since then and will be described in study coming out on this summer.


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Our Seas are populated by 1000's of sponge species. Usually these sea creatures passively filter ocean water for nutrients. But some of sponge species like to feed meat. Scientists discovered 4 species of killer sponges off coast of California in 2014, nearby deep-sea vents and undersea volcanoes These carnivorous sponges use their hooks to trap tiny crustaceans.




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