NEW LIFE IN A FAR-OFF WORLD

Demospongiae sponge with commensal entoprocta/kamptozoa

Smoking like a volcano on an alien planet, and triggered in some mysterious way by the full moon, a sponge spawns deep on a reef in Indonesia’s Banda Sea. Entoprocts cluster thickly around the vent, combing the sponge’s exhalations of water for microscopic particles of food.

Wakatobi National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Canon 5DSR, 100mm EF 100mm f2.8 L macro IS USM, 1/180, f/22, ISO 100, two INON Z240 strobes, Nauticam

 

by Wade Hughes FRGS, Western Australia