Neglect “Sharknado” — there’s a real-life Sharkcano!
A brand new documentary, “Sharkcano,” premiered on Nationwide Geographic in July as a part of Nationwide Geographic’s Sharkfest, and explored sharks that stay and hunt round underwater volcanoes in excessive circumstances that aren’t palatable to many different types of life.
“Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips led a workforce to the distant Solomon Islands in the hunt for hydrothermal exercise. They discovered loads of exercise—together with sharks in a submarine volcano. The principle peak of the volcano, known as Kavachi, was not erupting throughout their expedition, so that they have been capable of drop devices, together with a deep-sea digital camera, into the crater. The footage revealed hammerheads and silky sharks residing inside, seemingly unaffected by the hostile temperatures and acidity,” a abstract discovered on the channel’s YouTube website notes.
Brennan Phillips, a organic oceanography Ph.D. scholar on the College of Rhode Island, mentioned within the video, “The thought of there being giant animals like sharks hanging out and residing contained in the caldera of the volcano conflicts with what we find out about Kavachi, which is that it erupts.”
Dr. Michael Heithaus of Florida Worldwide College, one other member of the workforce, instructed Newsweek, “it isn’t nearly energetic volcanoes. It’s concerning the habitat they create out in the course of the ocean. … If there hadn’t been volcanoes in sure areas there can be no reefs or no land. That will imply that the species of sharks that want these habitats couldn’t stay in these areas with out the presence of a volcano.”
There are literally a number of sharkcanos – off the coast of Réunion, within the Indian Ocean, Heithaus finds bull sharks making the most of the turbulent water, utilizing it as a means of ambushing prey, in addition to one close to Guadalupe Island, off of the west coast of Mexico.
Heithaus instructed Newsweek the volcanoes present the ocean with vitamins and entice fish, including, “the place you might have plenty of meals you are inclined to have plenty of sharks, if there isn’t an excessive amount of fishing to scale back their populations.”