African sponge has won its first international test in the Caribbean, ahead of a possible move to the United States in the future.
The African sponge, named after the African nation of Swaziland, beat competitors from the United Kingdom and Italy by a score of 1.7 to 1.8, according to the European Federation of Sport, which organised the test in Cagayan de Oro, northern Mexico.
The sponge, which weighs about 0.5 kilograms (1.6 pounds), can live for years in tropical freshwater habitats.
It is one of the world’s most popular species of sponge, popular for its use in making a variety of dishes, including porridge, soups and salads.
The team from the University of California, Irvine, also made it to the finals of the 2018 International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Championships in Tokyo, which were held in Japan.
The European Federation said the African sponge had been placed into the International Team of the Year category and would be eligible for a possible trip to the U.S. to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.