It's been a busy time again with expos and school talks but before I tell you about the events that I've been to, let me tell you a little more about an amazing creature that I got to see this last week at the Wits University Museum (it wasn't alive, but I've only ever seen them in books so it was amazing to see it!)....the GLASS SEA SPONGE!
Yes, the easy way to remember it is as Sponge Bob's cousin, but it's so much more impressive than Sponge Bob!
|Sponge Bob about to go skiing. Photo: Alex|
The most well known of the glass sea sponges is the Venus's flower basket. This sponge has become popular as a collectors' item, but was traditionally given as a wedding gift in some Asian cultures because there are little shrimp (a male and a female) which climb inside the sponge as larvae (babies), and then become trapped there as they grow. These are considered a good luck gift for a wedding couple as a symbol of the lifetime bond between the two partners.
Go to this site for more pics and info for parents: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/83/i28/8328notw4.html
Nature is amazing...what more can I say!
Have a great week Sea Fans and chat soon.