Velvety Red Sponge
The Velvety Red Sponge can be found from Alaska to California, you can see it at low tide on most parts of the Pacific Northwest coastal region. The velvety red sponge is a red to an orange sponge that can grow more than 1 meter across. It has a soft, smooth, but very tough surface that has many small star-like holes scattered around its surface. Read More….
Sponges are fixed or sedentary animals that are quite common inhabitants of most of the worlds marine environments. They are very common in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island. They can be seen from the inter-tidal zone right down to over 700 meters deep. There are even a few species that live in freshwater environments.
Sponges can be a thin encrusting mat or can come in tall erect structures that can reach to over 2 meters tall.
There are over 270 various species in the waters around the island with many more types over the world, they are all beautiful and fascinating to see.
Sponges feed by siphoning as they draw water into spores in their bodies, then the water is expelled through larger holes. They filter out the nutrients and other tiny bits of food. Sponges are themselves, eaten by sea stars like the leather and blood stars and chitons. A few are eaten by nudibranchs.