In my email several months ago Casey Burns, a field associate with the California Academy of Science, sent me a fantastic find. The photo is a potential carnivorous sponge from the
Eocene, roughly 55 million to 39 million years ago Eocene/Oligocene boundary at 33 million years ago. The fossil is from the well-known Mist crinoid locality in the Keasey Formation of Northwest Oregon. Other sponges from the same formation have already been described. The site is thought to be ash-derived mud and estimated to be about 600 meters. The original collectors of the beautiful specimen were Lori and Rob Healy.
And here is a contemporary and Cladorhizid species.