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PacSci-Doku: “Biggest and Oldest”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

What’s the size of a SUV and may be one of the oldest animals on Earth?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

E  e  A  o  S  s  g  n  p

PacSci-Doku: Biggest and Oldest

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

The Answer

PacSci-Doku: Biggest and Oldest Answer

The question in this edition is:

What’s the size of a SUV and may be one of the oldest animal on Earth?

The answer: Sea Sponge

Scientists looking for deep water coral and sponges discovered a 12-foot-long and seven-foot-long sea sponge that looked like a folded blanket. The dramatic find was in a marine reserve in water 7,000 feet deep off the north coast of Hawaii. The largest sea sponge prior to this discovery was made in the late 1800s and was only 11 feet long and three feet wide. Deep water sea sponges tend to grow slowly, so scientists estimate the sponge is around 1,000 years old. Read more about and see images of this record breaking sea sponge.

 

 

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