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Rough Scallop Sponge – Pacific Northwest Underwater Photos
This rough scallop sponge (Myxilla incrustans) is the strangest one I’ve encountered so far, with very dramatic chimney like openings (oscula) across its surface. These chimney openings are where water exits the sponge after first having been gleaned of food particles. These sponges may start out small, but eventually cover the entire scallop’s shell surface. The rough scallop sponge has a range that includes Japan, as well as the Arctic to southern California.
Jim Auzins Photography is a website where I share photos, many of which are of the diverse marine life that thrives in the Pacific Northwest. Living on Vancouver Island provides a great opportunity to explore the ocean and witness the vast biodiversity, including many interesting invertebrates that inhabit the rocky reefs of the area. Jacques-Yves Cousteau said Vancouver Island has “the best temperate-water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea.”
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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