Mediterranean sponge sighted in Dutch coastal waters
Eighteen sightings of the Suberites massa sponges have been recorded by divers over an eight-day period.19 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - A voluntary organisation observing ecological changes in Dutch inland and coastal waters has reported an explosive increase in sponges in the Eastern Scheldt estuary in the province of Zeeland.
The Anemoon foundation says divers recorded 18 sightings of the Suberites massa sponges over an eight-day period. This represents an enormous increase, as the sponges have only been reported in Dutch waters twice before.
Suberites massa is usually found in the Mediterranean, but probably arrived in to the Netherlands along with shellfish imports. Anemoon says global warming may also be a factor as Dutch coastal waters have warmed up considerably.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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