An extremely old Farrea nr occa erecta sponge found ~2,660 meters deep at McCall Seamount. This species has two types of morphologies – a bushy type and a stalked type (shown here). A fairly large number of dead colonies of this sponge were observed during the dive – this was the only live sponge of this type encountered.

An extremely old Farrea nr occa erecta sponge found ~2,660 meters deep at McCall Seamount. This species has two types of morphologies – a bushy type and a stalked type (shown here). A fairly large number of dead colonies of this sponge were observed during the dive – this was the only live sponge of this type encountered. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana.

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