Oldest sponge

By | 2017-10-13T03:17:21+00:00 May 20, 2017|Biology, Records|

Oldest sponge

Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 3:17 am

A giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta) discovered off Curaçao in 1997 was estimated to be 2,300 years old. The barrel sponge is a filter feeder continually pumping water through pores in its sides and out of the osculum (large opening) at its top.

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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