30 May '16, 3pm

Marine scientists in Hawaii unearth an ancient minivan-sized sea sponge

Marine scientists in Hawaii unearth an ancient minivan-sized sea sponge

We’ve all heard stories about enormous deep sea worms and sharks the size of a city bus. It turns out, those aren’t the only incredibly huge creatures hiding beneath the waves. A team of researchers in Hawaii have discovered the largest sea sponge known to science , and it’s as big as a minivan. Located near the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument , the sea sponge is thought to be several centuries old, if not more. The expedition took place in the summer of 2015. Researchers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer, led by research specialist Daniel Wagner, Ph.D, discovered the huge sea sponge while exploring the deep water habitats surrounding the national monument. With the aid of remote-controlled vehicles, the expedition stumbled upon the 12-foot by 7-foot sponge at depth of 7,000 feet. That makes it the largest se...

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