This new type of harp sponge, Chondrocladia lyra, was found off the coast of California. The creature captures tiny crustaceans with barbed hooks on its branching limbs. After catching a tiny crustacean, the harp sponge envelops it in a thin membrane and then slowly digests it.
Nina Sen is a frequent contributor to Live Science’s Life’s Little Mysteries series: an exploration and explanation of our world’s phenomena, both natural and man-made. She also writes astronomy photo stories for Live Science's sister site Space.com.