New deep-sea sponge could play a starring role in monitoring ocean health

Plenaster craigi grows on metal-filled rocks that are a target for mining

DEEP-SEA STAR  This fuzzy white sponge — identified as a new species, thanks in part to star-shaped skeletal parts — encrusts metal-filled rocks that could be a target for deep-sea mining.

S.-C. Lim et al/Systematics and Biodiversity 2017, published by Taylor & Francis

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