Deep under water grows Euplectella, a sponge with a skeleton made of pure glass. Made in temperatures of a few degrees Celsius, the glass is a wonder of high tech. the tiny netlike structure looks fragile yet is able to withstand immense pressure deep under water. It is fast unbreakable.
Venus flower basket it is called, it's a wedding present in Japan, since in the sponge often two shrimps stay together for their whole life, unable to escape once they are grown.
This is episode 5 of the series 'Dat willen wij ook" . The series 'Dat willen wij ook' (copy cats) tells us what we can learn from plants and animals. Each episode shows how scientist unravel one of the magnificent tricks of nature. And each episode shows how far we are in applying what we have learned.
Camera: Chris Blokhuis
Editing: Jurjen Blick