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Glass Animals

While exploring Horizon Guyot, a seamount located north of Johnston Atoll, scientists observed a seafloor community dominated by several species of hexactinellid – or glass – sponges. Glass sponges have skeletons made of silica, which is the same material used to make glass; however, glass sponges are not glass, per se.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana.

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