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Jun 27, 2011 12:50 PM

What was eating this

This piece of shell has obviously been tunnelled into by something, but what?

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    Nov 13, 2011 1:20 AM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: What was eating this

    There are numerous things that will burrow and tunnel into submerged wood, stone and shell. Some of the worst offenders are molluscs, but I think in this case, it might be due to a species of marine sponge - one of the Clionaidae family - a boring sponge. Not boring because it doesn't do anything! Quite to the contrary, these boring sponges are known worldwide for boring holes in calcareous material such as mollusc shells and corals, using both chemical and mechanical processes.

    So there you have it - a not so boring sponge.

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