Meat-eating sponge

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Discovered by the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute, the harp shaped sponge lives 2 miles below the sea surface and uses velcro-like barbed hooks to catch its prey. Named Chondrocladia lyra, this carnivorous sponge can be found in the deep waters off California’s Monterey Bay. The first carnivorous sponges were first discovered less than 20 years ago and because they live in very deep waters, not much about them is know. More on this story can be found at Science on NBCNews.com.

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