'Absolutely bizarre' new species of coral, sponges found near Hawaii

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  1. Matt Rogers

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    HONOLULU — New and dramatic species of coral and sponges have been found in the Pacific during deep sea dives near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, scientists said Monday.
    Submersibles operated by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory discovered the species in early December in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. They found the species during dives nearly 1 mile deep.
    Christopher Kelley, the lab's program biologist, called sponges found at dive sites off Middle Bank, some 120 miles northwest of Hawaii, "absolutely bizarre."

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    Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

    During radio transmissions between the submersible Pisces IV and its support ship, Kelley said one observer remarked when first seeing the sponges, "It looks like something out of Dr. Seuss."

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  3. Matt Rogers

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    FYI - No pics yet, just this AP story going around for now.
     
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    No pics or video?? What a dirty tease!!

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    I know! :) How dare they! Karma to anyone that can find any...
     
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    I will be following this thread. Cant wait to see these pictures
     
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    Karma to you buddy - what a sponge in that video! WOW.
     
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