Scientists in the Solomon Islands made a recent discovery when they lowered a camera into the submarine volcano, Kavachi. A team of engineers was studying the dangerous volcano while it was dormant.
Engineers reviewed the camera footage to find a Sixgill stingray, jellyfish, and other sea animals. They continued viewing the footage and hollered in unison when they discovered scalloped hammerheads and silky sharks within the hostile temperatures and acidic environment of Kavachi. This raised several questions in scientists’ minds, including whether the sharks have some sign as to when the volcano is close to erupting, or whether the sharks perish once the volcano becomes active.
“That’s the best project, is to go out with one question and come back with many. And that’s exactly what happened here,” said ocean engineer, Brennan Phillips. He also said:
No one has ever looked in the deep sea there, period. No one’s been out to anywhere in the Solomon Islands and gone deeper than a few hundred meters or deeper than a scuba diver has gone, really. So we were very excited. We thought there was a lot of potential.
Though the deep-sea cameras are programmed to film for several hours underwater, the team decided to use caution and left the camera underwater for only an hour, reports a post via National Geographic. This makes the unexpected discovery even more surprising.
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“Sharks are cool in their own right—all of them are—but a hammerhead is particularly neat looking. And they’re in there, in numbers, inside the volcano! Now I want to spend years trying to study that and why that is the case,” Phillips said.
h/t: The Blaze