A deep sponge-covered wall of a Meso-American reef (colors inverted).

Ocean Art, a Gift from the Poriferans

Words and images by W Goodwin

Every time I descend into the sea, I ask myself, “Am I dreaming?” The shapes and colors, subtle and subdued one moment, exuberant and boisterous the next, suggest paintings by Dali or some artistic Drama Queen. It was some time before I realized all the extravagant forms, the gales of hues and the sensual parades of sea life are dependent upon sponges.