Pure white form of the Caribbean Pink Vase Sponge under a ledge on Grand Cayman's South Coast.
Depth 125 feet or 38 meters
|* We found this pure
white example of the Caribbean Pink Vase Sponge (Dasychalina cyathina)
deep under a ledge off the South coast of Grand Cayman Island, at a spot
called by Author and Skipper Paul Humann the Lighthouse Wall. The
texture and fringe of the sponge marks it as (Dasychalina cyathina).
This proves the advantage of precise nomenclature over 'common names.'
At the point of attachment of the sponge are Brittlestars, which we
suspect are pale forms of Swenson's Brittlestar (Ophiothrix swensonii.)
We were unable to identify the yellow sponge in the upper left quadrant.
South Coast, Grand Cayman Island - Depth 125 feet or 38 meters - Time 10:15 am