Sponges are critical for coral reefs to thrive. The sponges divide the carbon cells in an intestine like system. The remaining shreds of the divided cells are discarded for the rest of the reef ecosystem to feed upon. This discovery is monumental in the scientific world. It explains why the reef ecosystem can be so diverse, and why these sponges are so vital for the reefs to survive. Jasper De Goeij investigated the sponges of coral reefs and came to this conclusion with his colleagues. Here is a link to a helpful youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW05vMziy2o
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