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Ping-pong tree sponge - Chondrocladia lampadiglobus (Porifera: Demospongiae). It's carnivorous...

The aptly named Ping-pong tree sponge (Chondrocladia lampadiglobus) is a carnivorous sponge. Those ping-pong ball looking things are covered in tiny spicules which the sponge uses to catch tiny crustaceans.

New Family of deep-sea crab from hot vents. Its conspicuous fur has given it the informal name, Yeti crab, after the hairy abominable snowman. www.facebook.com/loveswish

New Family of deep-sea crab from hot vents. Its conspicuous fur(-like processes) has given it the informal name, Yeti crab, after the hairy abominable snowman. (Edited to explain that crustaceans don't have fur, appearances to the contrary.

The Butterfly of the Sea: Red Gurnard |..(Chelidonichthys spinosus) is one of 100 different species of Sea Robins, or Gurnards. These fantastic fish are normally found on the sea floor at depths of around 660 ft. Instead of scales, they have special armored plates. They also have a special set of ‘wings,’ which are actually just beautiful pectoral fins, that allow them to “fly” through the water and six spiny feet that allow them to walk across the ocean floor in search of food.   Photo by…

Under The Sea The Butterfly of the Sea: Red Gurnard The Red Gurnard (Chelidonichthys spinosus)is one of 100 different species of Sea Robins, or Gurnards. These fantastic fish are normally found on the sea floor at depths of around 660 ft.