At Last, a Solution For Rising Ocean Levels! (Sunday Funnies)

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“Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.”  (Steven Wright).
Now why didn’t someone at the National Marine Fisheries Service figure this out?  We have taken too many sponges from the sea over the centuries with perilous consequences…

Quick!  Put them back!
Quick! Put them back!

They are beautiful!  (NOAA)
They are beautiful when alive! (Courtesy of NOAA)

Sponge biodiversity and morphotypes at the lip of our wall site in 60 ft of water. Included are the yellow tube sponge, Aplysina fistularis, the purple vase sponge, Niphates digitalis, the red encrusting sponge, Spiratrella coccinea, and the gray rope sponge, Callyspongia sp. Image courtesy of Cayman Island Twilight Zone 2007 Exploration, NOAA-OE.

sea sponge

Look at how much water they hold!

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