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May 27, 2016

A rock sponge reef

BY: Silvia García



The first ROV immersions of this 2016 campaign have been carried out in a fossil reef with stone sponges.

This reef, discovered last year, promises to be a great deal bigger than what we have previously seen. It’s a habitat replete with nooks and crannies, where dozens of species of crustaceans, molluscs, coral, fish and numerous other sea inhabitants shelter and feed, and it’s also one of the biggest natural assets discovered in Maltese waters, as well as being one of a kind in the Mediterranean.

Therefore, its description is one of this campaign’s main goals. Today luck wasn’t on our side given that the visited areas were muddy beds without a trace of these sponges. However, we’re sure that the upcoming immersions will bring us pleasant surprises.