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Scientists Dropped A Camera Into A Volcano And Found Sharks

Sharkcano, anyone?

Posted on July 10, 2015, at 6:37 p.m. ET

In a new video from National Geographic, an expedition team found sharks in Kavachi, an active submarine volcano.

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To get a better look at the volcano's inner workings, the team dropped a heavy deep-sea camera into one of its craters. Kavachi is located off the remote Solomon Islands, just northeast of Australia.

When it was time to review the footage, the researchers discovered a wonderful world in the underwater plumes.

They saw this willowy guy and let out a collective cheer.

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But that's not all: There was also this hammerhead...

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...and silky sharks! So smooth, so silky.

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Since the volcano is active, the animals are essentially in danger while in the volcano.

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"Do they get an early warning and escape the caldera before it gets explosive, or do they get trapped and perish in steam and lava?" ocean engineer Brennan Phillips asked in National Geographic's Explorers Journal.

Even though the volcano wasn't erupting at the time, it's often burbling with hot lava, ash, and steam, he said. And since the water in the volcano is presumably hotter and more acidic, the discovery also raises questions about the animals' adaptation to the extreme environment.

β€œThat’s the best project, is to go out with one question and come back with many,” Phillips said in the video.

For now, they nailed it.

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(Because hammerh...sorry. Have a good weekend.)

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