Think volcanoes are hot? Not for some deep-sea creatures.
And studying them is just the adventure that National Geographic explorers had in mind to explain the mystery of an underwater volcano that is home to different marine animals.
It was previously thought that due to the harsh environment in and around submerged volcanoes, it could not possibly accommodate any life-form. However, recent data and videos from explorers and marine biologists have debunked this belief.
If some deep-sea shrimps can survive the toxic plumes of hydrothermal vents, other marine animals like sharks can take the heat of underwater volcanoes. In fact, they aren’t just “taking” the heat but have made it their home.
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According to Express UK, a daily national middle-market tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom, ocean engineer Brennan Phillips and his team dropped cams to the bottom to see what they could find, and the results were more than they expected, in the best possible way. Huffpost, an American news and opinion website with localized and international editors, added that the discoveries Phillips and his team made in the southwest most active underwater volcano in the Pacific, Kavachi, were fascinating and only led to more questions.
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For instance, it is a fact that living in or around an active volcano is dangerous, no matter where that volcano is. So how is it possible that large marine animals continue to stay there.
Phillips raised questions as to what sharks, stingrays, and other sea creatures were doing there. “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?”
As of now, there really isn’t a lot of data. Even their equipment was only able to stay in the hot waters for an hour. And so, the mystery of this entirely different ecosystem would have to wait to be explained some other time.