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Cozumel sponge formations

Cozumel divers has a special treat when it comes to the unusually large and colorful sponge formations.

A marine biologist I once interviewed said Cozumel's sponge growth "is some of the best in the world, if not THE best."

He said the island could grow spectacularly large sponges due to the continual currents that constantly nourish the reefs.

" Elephant ear sponges, which grow as much as 10-12 feet across, are probably the biggest anywhere, and barrel sponges are very common," he says.

"I have taken pictures of 150 different species of sponges in Cozumel, but on each dive I'm seeing a new species I've never seen before."

Cozumel's sponges are truly something special.

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