This harp sponge may look innocent, but it’s really a carnivorous deep-sea predator

A couple of years ago, some scientists discovered the harp sponge or Chondrocladia lyra at 10,800-11,500 feet underwater off the coast of California. While the creature looks quite benign, thanks to the numerous barbed hooks that cover its branching parts, it is actually quite capable of snaring little crustaceans and digesting them after coating them with a layer of membrane. That’s great. Remind us never to go anywhere near water again, will you?

Via All That is Interesting

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