Purse Sponge - "Grantia Compressa"
Purse Sponge - "Grantia Compressa"

A thin and flat ,Whitish Sponge that grows attached to larger seaweeds or ,as here, amongst short tufted seaweeds encrusting the wall of a cave.
Sponges are sessile animals that filter water through their porous bodies, and ingest food particles and dissolved materials.
There are more than 7000 species alive today living in both freshwater and marine environments, and are the oldest known multicellular animals.

Ref: 11095C

Date: 13/11/2012

Location: Smuggler's Cave - Lydstep Caverns Beach

Purse Sponge - "Grantia Compressa"

A thin and flat ,Whitish Sponge that grows attached to larger seaweeds or ,as here, amongst short tufted seaweeds encrusting the wall of a cave.
Sponges are sessile animals that filter water through their porous bodies, and ingest food particles and dissolved materials.
There are more than 7000 species alive today living in both freshwater and marine environments, and are the oldest known multicellular animals.

Ref: 11095C

Date: 13/11/2012

Location: Smuggler's Cave - Lydstep Caverns Beach