Divers in West Vancouver say they continue to find new damage to the rare glass sponge reefs. Glen Dennison, one of the divers said he is worried every time he heads out onto the waters in Howe Sound. Dennison is concerned about the health and wellbeing of a prehistoric creatures that he identified.
On his small boat filled with custom equipment, Dennison explained “I discovered them – so, you know, right away, they’re my children,” Most of the equipment on his boat is meant to monitor the rare glass sponge reefs below the water. The species looks like something from another world.
The glass sponge reefs consist of beige and brown tubes delicately intertwining as fish swim between them. The species is not common and scientists believed that these reefs known as bioherms had gone extinct 40 million years ago. They can also grow 20 to 30 metres high.
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