This large sponge was seen on Leg 3 Dive 19 at Vogt Seamount. One of the exciting things I learned during this expedition from Science Lead Dr. Shirley Pomponi is that sponges hold the potential for the development of new medical agents and therapeutic treatments of cancers and other diseases.

This large sponge was seen on Leg 3 Dive 19 at Vogt Seamount. One of the exciting things I learned during this expedition from Science Lead Dr. Shirley Pomponi is that sponges hold the potential for the development of new medical agents and therapeutic treatments of cancers and other diseases. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

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