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Puffball Sponge

Oceanapia sagittaria


Also known as Pink Puffball Sponge, Burrowing Sponge, Red Burrowing Sponge, Maiden's Fan and Red Maiden Fan Sponge. They feed on plankton and can grow to a length of about 10cm.


Found on shallow coral and rocky reefs with the stalk buried in the substrate and the cap about the size of a golf ball above is used for filtering food. This ball can also fall off, roll around the seabed, reattach or reform into another sponge. Widespread in the Western Central Pacific.


A violet-hued globe that looks like it's made of gossamer, attached to a slender tube. The base seems to be rooted in the sand. Spotted this curious-looking marine life at a depth of about 30 feet, at a dive site called Limao Reef, off the coast of Samal Island, Philippines.

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MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Beautiful! Nice colour!

Rhex 8 years ago

Your welcome blogie.. very amazing creature!

Roxanne 8 years ago

Amazing color, I love it, thanks for sharing!

Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion, Rhex, but it's something else. Thanks to who ID'd it for me!

Rhex 8 years ago

i think it's a kind of tube worm..

Blogie 8 years ago

@Gerardo - I don't know. I showed it to some of my friends and they couldn't identify it either.

@Leuba - I'd say it was about 2-3cm in diameter. Partially visible creature? Do you mean the one above it? That's a type of corallimorph, if I'm not mistaken.

@Nopayahnah - Thanks very much!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Your photos are beautiful and this is an interesting form of sealife!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

very strange - would like to know what it is. How big were the jelly globes Blogie and what is that creature partially visible ?? - could it be an egg case of some sort ?

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Very interesting Blogie do you have a local name for this organism?

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Spotted on Jan 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012

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