Photo has been used for illustrative purposes.
Gulf Today Report
A new species of sea sponge that was identified off the north Norfolk coast has been officially named by a 9-year-old girl.
Sylvie, who attends Langham Village School in north Norfolk, is said to have come up with the winning name Parpal Dumplin due to the sponge’s purple appearance and what she believes is its close resemblance to a dumpling.
The Marine Conservation Society’s Agents of Change project asked children to use their creativity to name the species, which was found in chalk beds by volunteer divers from Seasearch a decade ago.
Panellists were unanimous in their decision, they said, noting their fondness for Sylvie’s spelling as it gives the sponge a “strong connection” to Norfolk.
Sponge specialist Claire Goodwin said she believed Parpal Dumplin to be “a species new to science, in a sub-genus of sponges known as Hymedesmia (Stylopus)”.
“We need to look at specimens deposited in museums to understand how many different Hymedesmia (Stylopus) species exist in the UK and how they differ from this new species,” she said.
“The Agents of Change naming project has given the sponge a common name that we can use until it has a scientific one.”
Parpal Dumplin is encrusting, meaning it adopts the shape of whatever it covers, and it was identified in Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds Marine Conservation Zone.
She added: “I loved seeing all the creative suggestions.”
Sponges help to keep seawater clean by filter feeding: consuming tiny particles of food that float by, according to the Independent.
Despite the common misconception, sponges are not plants – they are relatively basic multi-celled animals without a brain or a central nervous system.
They also do not have tissues or organs like other animals do, instead they have specialised cells to perform necessary functions.
There are more than 11,000 different species of sponge around the world and they make up an entire phylum of animals: phylum porifera.
Some types of it have been found to live for over 200 years.
While autotomy is relatively well-known in the animal kingdom, such as lizards losing their tails to escape predators, this extreme form of self-decapitation is unprecedented and has researchers stumped.
Government officials have been tracking the 4,200-square-km iceberg closely with the help of the British Royal Air Force.
The official said, “Our juvenile whale shark has returned to Al Raha after last being seen there one week ago."
Georgia may be the Peach State, but blueberries have slowly risen to become the state’s top fruit crop.
Kim Jones’ Spring-Summer 2024 collection for Fendi unveiled during the first day of Milan fashion Week on Wednesday was a twist on knitwear, anchored by leather.
While medication and other conventional treatments have their place, one often overlooked yet highly effective approach to pain management is movement.
These awards recognise the Mediclinic Adjunct Faculty for the academic year 2022-2023 for their contribution to the education of MBRU’s MBBS students, MSc Nursing trainees, postgraduate medical residents and fellows.