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Giant barrel sponges off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean next to a researcher.

Giant barrel sponges off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean dwarf researchers.

Credit: Joe Pawlik, UNCW


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Scientists research chemical defenses in tube sponges off Little Cayman Island.

Scientists research chemical defenses in tube sponges off Little Cayman Island.

Credit: Joe Pawlik, UNCW


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Close up of an orange sponge

Predatory fish prevent orange sponges from smothering corals.

Credit: Joe Pawlik, UNCW


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Sponge growth experiment underway on Conch Reef, Key Largo, Florida.

A sponge growth experiment underway on Conch Reef, Key Largo, Fla.

Credit: Joe Pawlik, UNCW


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Diver surveys a gray tube sponge with "bite marks" from angelfish

A gray tube sponge with "bite marks" from angelfish off Grand Cayman Island.

Credit: Joe Pawlik, UNCW


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Reef-building corals overgrown by orange sponges on an overfished reef off Martinique.

Reef-building corals overgrown by orange sponges on an overfished reef off Martinique.

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