The Last Creature You’d Expect Left Mysterious Trails on the Ocean Floor

Date: April 30, 2021

Source: The New York Times
Author: Marion Renault

Deep-sea sponges are not known for their mobility. After all, they lack muscles, nervous systems and organs. And forget about fins or feet for traveling the Arctic seafloor.

But new research suggests these ancient life-forms can and do, indeed, get around — and far more than marine biologists believed. By studying hundreds of photos and videos of Arctic sponges, scientists from Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology discovered a vast web of trails several feet long left in the creatures’ roaming wake.

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