As if it were even possible, sharks have just been discovered to be a little more terrifying. They aren’t being swept up by a tornados or wreaking havoc in Los Angeles, but in a perhaps even more terrifying and improbable turn of events, hammerhead and silky sharks have been found this week swimming in the treacherous conditions that are produced by an underwater volcano.
Much to the surprise of researchers, and the dismay of those who are still afraid to go in the water, the Kavachi Volcano near the Solomon Islands was found to be inhabited by different types of shark. The link to the video of the fire-resistant man-eaters can be found here.
How is this even possible?
While details are still relatively unclear, experts are attempting to collect more information as to how these sharks could possibly live in one of the most inhospitable environments on planet earth. One of the last things that Brennan Phillips and his team were expecting to find around Kavachi Volcano were sharks, exclaiming “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.”
The odds of finding any life so close to the volcano seemed slim, but finding sharks swimming around has baffled Phillips and his team. Kavachi Volcano is one of the more active submarine volcanos, and scientists are wary when they travel to study the volcano because of its high activity.
Sharks: marine biologists don’t even know how scary they are
The odds of getting attacked and killed by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067, which leaves you with a very slim chance of ever actually being harmed by the fanged fish. Even if the odds are low, and you thought you had a place that was safe from sharks altogether, it would seem that you were incorrect given this new discovery.
Shares Phillips, “These large animals are living in what you have to assume is much hotter and much more acidic water, and they’re just hanging out. 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.”
More research still needs to be conducted into the mysterious heat resistant nature of these sharks, but for now we can lie awake at night knowing that there is one more place in the world that these nightmare inducing predators can live in — other than just the ocean.
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