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Working alone, the spongers poke around with their sensitive snouts, particularly in deep waters in rough terrain where they risk stings from bottom dwellers.
The researchers observed that 10 out of the 11 females, but just two of the eight males, became spongers themselves, generally within two to three years.
He scoffed at claims Prince Philip called him a sponger - which the Palace later denied.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "The Duke of Edinburgh categorically did not call Mr Cowell a sponger.
REFERRING to the Evening Chronicle of June 28, BS of Jesmond writes regarding renaming incapacity benefit to `work-shy spongers benefit'.
He is not a sponger nor does he sit on his lazy backside waiting for his Giro.
Finally, I didn't identify Mr Hope as a sponger since I don't know him beyond his writings.
To be a single parent and automatically labelled a sponger is outrageous.
I object to being called a sponger on today's society by a member of the public.
MODEL Jordan has branded her jilted teenage lover a lazy sponger, The People can reveal.
Robbie, if you need a magic sponger for all those thigh strains, then I'm up for the job