A pair of massive, Deep-Water Verongias, with Red Rope Sponge (Haliclona rubens), and Deep-water Gorgonians (Icilogorgia schrammi).
|* Attached beneath a rocky outcrop we
a pair of massive, deep-water Sponges (Verongia sp.) In the
foreground is the Red Rope Sponge (Haliclona rubens), and
in the background is the Deep-water Gorgonian (Icilogorgia schrammi).
The waters around the Grand Cayman Island are especially rich in
sponges of the species Verongia (1),
(2), (3). The
sponges such as the above seem
peculiar to the Great North Wall and West Bay of Grand Cayman
the walls of Little Cayman Island, we have found no
Verongias such as the above.
North Wall, Grand Cayman Island - Depth 130 feet or 40 meters