Deep Sea Explorers Recently Spotted This Minivan-Sized Sea Sponge

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a news release about the discovery of the world’s largest known massive, 1,000-year-old sea sponge described to be ‘the size of a minivan’; the organism was found in the deep waters (7,000 feet) of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument near Hawaii.

The largest sea sponge in the world has been documented in a recently published study. The organism is believed to be around 12 feet by 7 feet or, as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association describes in an article, “the size of a minivan.”

As one team member, Dr. Christopher Kelly, told Pacific Beat, “We had just gotten some close ups of some corals, then turned away to continue the survey and the sponge appeared out of nowhere.”

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