Microciona prolifera

Common Names: Red-beard sponge, red sponge
Category: Sea Creatures
Sub-category: Sponges

They begin as thin encrusting layers and eventually develop into heavy masses. Color is distinctively bright red or orange. Size is up to 12 inches wide and 8 inches high.

Found attached to rocks, pilings, or other hard objects in shallow bays; salt marshes or estuaries or washed up on shore.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.