Singapore hunts for giant sea sponge to save species from extinction

Thought to be extinct for close to a century, a Neptune's Cup sponge was rediscovered in Singapore’s waters in 2011. PHOTO: JEFFREY LOW
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SINGAPORE - An islandwide hunt for a rare giant sea sponge in Singapore waters will start in the first quarter of 2023 to take stock of the critically endangered species.

This search for the sponge, known as the Neptune’s Cup, follows a recent study which found that the marine creature, once thought to be extinct, is at risk of disappearing once again.

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