They didn’t think anything could live in an active volcano, but they were so wrong. Scientists were shocked to discover sharks living in an “uninhabitable” underwater volcano named Kavachi, which is located near the Solomon Islands. Their discovery came as a complete surprise given the animals could “die at any minute” because the volcano regularly erupts.
“You never know what you’re going to find. Especially when you are working deep underwater,” said Phillips. “The deeper you go, the stranger it gets.” According to Phillips no one has ever looked in the deep sea there, so it’s an exciting find.
As the volcano was not erupting during their expedition, ocean engineer Brennan Phillips and his team lowered cameras into the crater. The camera recorded for an hour and revealed scalloped hammerhead sharks, silky sharks and sixgill stingrays living inside, seemingly unaffected by the hostile temperatures and acidity of the water.
In the video, Phillips says the discovery of sharks living in the volcano brings up a lot of interesting questions. “Do they leave? Do they have some sort of sign that it’s about to erupt? Do they blow up sky-high in little bits?” The researchers have a lot of new questions to answer, but all are eager to continue exploring.
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