|Image: Richard Ling|
|Image: Bernard DUPONT|
They're quite the stand-out citizen with their unique, paper thin shape. It earns them alternative names like Paper Sponge and Scroll Sponge. I guess a piece of paper that can reach well over a metre (3.3 feet) long and is completely waterproof is... alright. But compared to the merest thought of a monstrous, half elephant, half fish beast, the piece of paper simply wilts away. Like it would if it wasn't waterproof.
|Image: Jan Messersmith|
Like other sponges, Elephant Ears draw in water through pores so they can filter out the tasty bacteria.
|Image: Klaus Stiefel|
So while you can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear, you could perhaps make a woollen one out of an elephant's.