Mary's Monday Metazoan: Son of Spongebob

The sequel is going to go a bit dark: this is a deep ocean sponge. It's dark and ominous, and it's also carnivorous, with sticky spines for capturing and killing passing animals.

I think that thing has been waiting for me in a lot of my nightmares.

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