Story: Deep-sea creatures

The voyage of the Challenger (1st of 3)

The voyage of the Challenger

This drawing is of a huge Hexactinellida or glass sponge, Poliopogon gigas, which was trawled from a depth of 1,150 metres near the Kermadec Islands during the Challenger voyage. It was 70 centimetres across at its widest, and had a lattice outer layer. The centre was a 20-centimetre cavity known as a paragaster, where water collects after passing through small canals to filter out food. In the specimen depicted here the osculum or top opening was damaged.

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Reference: F. E. Schulze, Report on the Hexactinellida. Scientific results of H.M.S. Challenger expedition, zoology vol. 21, 1887, plate 47

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Paddy Ryan, 'Deep-sea creatures - Exploration of the deep', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2022)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 12 Jun 2006