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Break a sponge in half, and two grow. More than a colony, less vulnerable than a tissue-based creature. Tube Sponge (Aplysina fistularis).

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Sponge - A beautiful Haliclona sp. specimen from Chek Jawa, Singapore. Haliclona permollis showing multiple chimneys of a single individual sponge. Seawater is pumped continuously through a sponge by the beating activity of flagella that line the internal cavities. Water is drawn into the sponge through many small intake openings located on the outside surface and is released from exhalent openings on chimneys and vented away.

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Purple barrel sponge, super pretty. If you take your camera, shoot as close as possible to the sponge, and use a flash...you will end up with an image much, much cooler than this

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Either something just took this guy by surprise, or he's an underwater Cookie Monster look-a-like! This Caribbean sea creature is called the stove-pipe sponge. (photo: MAURICIO HANDLER/NAT GEO CREATIVE/CATERS NEWS)

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How to Clean Sea Sponges Found on the Beach

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Natural Sea Sponge

Slip into the bath and start soaping yourself with a natural sea sponge, and you'll understand why it's a perfect bathing accessory. Natural sponges produce extraordinary lather and cleanse most excel

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Xestospongia muta: commonly known as the giant barrel sponge, is one of the largest species of sponge found in the Caribbean.

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