Alex Mustard - Sponge Bob


All the world’s animals are classified into one of 34 phyla. Each phylum represents a fundamentally different type of multi-cellular life. Tropical rainforests represent arguably the most biodiverse ecosystem on land and search their trees and soils and you will find representatives of 9 of these animal phyla. Visit a coral reef and you can find animals from 32 different phyla, providing a huge diversity of nature stories to tell.
This is a sponge, one of the simplest types of multi-cellular life, but it is highly adapted to its filtering way of life. These are details of its excurrent opening, that allows it to efficiently filter food from a volume of seawater equivalent to its own body every 5-20 seconds.

Location: Cayman Islands, Caribbean Sea.

Tags: Alex Mustard, branching tube sponge, Cayman, Islands, macro, Pseudoceratina crassa, underwater

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  1. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    13/02/2012 10:12

    Marvellous shot - don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

    Interesting caption as well.

  2. Jaak P├Áder said:

    13/02/2012 21:29

    Great shot Alex. I truly like the yellow fading to soft black and irregular lines that make this pic.

  3. David Guimaraes said:

    20/02/2012 21:38

    Dazzling!! What an image what a show, ladies and gentlemans!! Great, great shot, almost a vanguardist painting of life!