Dr Maria Vittoria Marra will be presenting this introduction to sponge identification. Though sponges are one of the most commonly seen species by divers they are extremely under recorded and make up only 8% of Seasearch records in Ireland. This in depth course will cover the range of sponges in Irish waters and some of the issues in terms of identification. We will look at how to prepare sponge samples so that spicules can be examined under a microscope. We will also be recruiting volunteers for the sponge recording project.
Level – This course is aimed at recorders interested in expanding their knowledge of this under recorded group of marine animals. While no prior knowledge of sponge identification is required but this course will be quite in depth in terms of topic
Register for this event by emailing SeasearchIreland@gmail.com