Just when you think the world couldn’t get weirder, guess what?! It does! Scientists have recently discovered a community of sharks living inside an underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean! If this was a way to hide from humans, the sharks have just been busted!
A population of sharks have been spotted in volcano Kavachi situated beneath the ocean off the coast of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The spectacular discovery has been made by a team from the National Geographic Society. Furthermore, many other species of animals were seen.
The researchers were initially looking into the volcano, attempting to gauge its level of activity to determine whether it was safe to dive there. Their aim was to map the volcano’s peak, and to documents its chemical and geological make-up. They also explained that the lack of knowledge concerning the volcano made it extremely dangerous for divers.
“Absolutely, we were scared,” said one of the team members, Brennan Phillips in a statement to National Geographic.
“But one of the ways you can tell that Kavachi is erupting is that you can actually hear it – both on the surface and underwater. Anywhere within 10 miles (16 km) even, you can hear it rumbling in your ears and in your body.”
“Divers who have gotten close to the outer edge of the volcano have had to back away because of how hot it is or because they were getting mild skin burns from the acid water,” said Brennan.
Given the potential hazards entailed, the group of researchers took the necessary precautions. They first deployed submersible robots equipped with cameras into the volcano. That was how they witnessed a whole ecosystem: stingrays, jellyfish, hammerhead and silky sharks.
“It makes you question what type of extreme environment these animals are adapted to. What sort of changes have they undergone? Are there only certain animals that can withstand it? It is so black and white when you see a human being not able to get anywhere near where these sharks are able to go,” Brennan said.