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Researchers discover 'killer sponges' in Monterey Bay

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Updated: 4/16/2014 11:17 am
By May Chow
NBC News

MONTEREY, Calif. — The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered new species of sponges living in the deepest depths of the Monterey Bay and marine biologists described them as "killer sponges."

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A recently published paper co-authored by MBARI marine biologist Lonny Lundsten describes four new species of sponges that live on the ocean floor from the Pacific Northwest to Baja, Calif.

"The discovery of these species highlights the importance of biodiversity," Lundsten said. "This group of sponges is remarkable because they developed their own way of feeding."



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