Good Sponge Everyone! My name is SamSolo93 and I shall be studying deep sea sponges for weeks to come. Every week, I am going to give the world information about an iconic sponge or some interesting facts about sponges in general. Join me as I go a bit sponge mad and revel in the sponge mania.
Todays iconic sponge is the Venus Flower Basket (Euplectella aspergillum).
This glass sponge inhabits the deep sea and tends to provide a home for two shrimps. That’s right, these sponges actually allow a male and female shrimp to live out their lives in a sponge (if they are in to that sort of thing!). The sponge also provides the shrimps with a delicious meal of it’s own waste. After the couple reproduces, their young are released to find a Venus Flower Basket of their very own.
So what’s in it for the sponge? It’s all very well making a couple of shrimps happy, but sometimes a sponge needs something in return. Naturally, any self-respecting shrimp wants to keep their household tidy and this spring clean provided by the shrimps are what make this shrimp-shrimp-sponge relationship work!
The shrimps and the sponge is such a beautiful story that it has captured the imagination of many. The dry husk of a formal shrimp home is given as a traditional wedding gift in some Asian communities. Join us next week for another iconic sponge!