‘Minivan-sized’ sea creature discovered off Hawaii

Chad Serrate:

A massive sponge was recently discovered off the coast of Hawaii. The sponge is roughly the size of a minivan and a shocking find. Scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer spotted the massive sea creature at a depth of 7,000 feet within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a protected U.S. National Monument spanning 140,000 square miles of ocean, during a month-long expedition from July to August of 2015. (Imam) It was so large that when they first came upon it on their feed; they had to keep zooming out to get the whole span of the sponge. They believe it is a new species and have collected samples. It is around 11 feet long, 6.5 feet high and 5 feet wide. It was discovered in an area considered pristine and in which a species like this could flourish. As we make more discoveries it is important to know that there are still places creatures can flourish.

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/28/us/massive-sponge-hawaii-irpt/index.html

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