Fan Sponge

Dr. Martha Nizinski holds a specimen of a fan sponge (Phakellia sp.) collected at a deep-sea coral study site off the coast of South Carolina. Deep-sea corals and sponges provide structure for a variety of other organisms, which use these habitats for protection as well as for finding food and mates. Explore more in the multimedia feature "Coral Gardens of the Deep Sea." 

 

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