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Deep-sea sponges found in UK at site of extinct volcano

Deep-sea sponges found in UK at site of extinct volcano

LONDON: The largest reef of deep-sea sponges in UK waters has been exposed off the beach of Scotland. Scientists at Marine Scotland made the innovation while carrying out surveys at Rosemary Bank seamount, an vanished volcano about 100 miles off the northwest coast in the Rockall Trough.
The Scottish government has designated the region, which stretches more than 35 miles at depths of more than 1,200 metres, as a marine protected area to safeguard its ecosystem from deep sea fishing fleets.
Sponges help keep the oceans clean by filtering large volumes of water as well as providing refuge for a wide variety.