Well, this qualifies as the strangest thing i have seen this month. I suppose it is some sort of marine sponge, since it is extremely spongy in nature. It is about ten cm in length, and has a remarkable purple tinge in its sizable cylindrical hollow. The conical nature is quite regular.
This Velvety Red Sponge is an encrusting sponge. Another example of the brilliant reds and oranges so often found in the intertidal zone.
Aquatic Habitat - Small Pond Close to Bioblitz Reception
not the same as the species Diaulula eats
Sponges are animals of the phylum Porifera (/pɒˈrɪfərə/; meaning "pore bearer"). They are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to circulate through them, consisting of jelly-like mesohyl sandwiched between two thin layers of cells. Sponges have unspecialized cells that can transform into other types and which often migrate between the main cell layers and the mesohyl in the process. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most...