Beautiful Sea Sponges of the Windward Passage
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Nautilus has spotted a number of beautiful glass, tornado, and other sponges during our exploration of the Windward Passage - watch as we get up close and personal with several of these beautiful animals.
The Windward Passage, located between Cuba and Haiti, is a major conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It is a site of complex currents, mixing and exchange of water that have been little explored despite the historical importance of this region as a major shipping route. This region also represents a very active portion of the northern Caribbean plate boundary, where several geologic (seismic and tectonic) features and processes occur along the seafloor beneath the Windward Passage.