The Venus' flower basket looks like an otherworldly creature one would find on an alien planet. But it is instead a remarkable sea sponge found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Its body is composed of silica and looks like a sculpture or, perhaps, a vase made of glassy mesh. The sponges are often found to house glass sponge shrimp, usually a breeding pair, who are typically unable to exit the sponge's lattice due to their size. Consequently, they live in and around these sponges, where the shrimp perform a mutualistic relationship with the sponge until they die. This may have influenced the adoption of the sponge as a symbol of undying love in Japan, where the skeletons of these sponges are presented as wedding gifts. So remember when Valentine's Day rolls around, there's nothing is more romantic than giving your partner a sea sponge.
All shells and sea life vary in size and shape. You will receive a high quality specimen of the selected item but not the exact one pictured. All sealife is guaranteed to be top quality; sourced from ethical vendors around the world.
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