‘Sharkcano’: NASA captures the eruption of an underwater volcano, home to 2 species of sharks

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NASA’s Earth Observatory has released satellite images of an erupting underwater volcano.

The image, taken on May 14 by Operational Land Imager 2 on the Landsat 9 satellite, shows a discolored plume of water emitted from the underwater volcano. the satelite is designed to capture high-resolution images of our planet.

The The Kavachi volcano in the Solomon Islands is one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the Pacific, NASA said. The volcano is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of an island called Vangunu.

Kavachi was nicknamed “Sharkanoafter a 2015 expedition to the site revealed the crater to be an unlikely home for two species of sharks, suggesting that large marine animals may exist in an extreme environment, tolerating hot and acidic water.

A scalloped hammerhead shark and silky shark were among multiple fish species sighted living in the active volcano by researchers. To look inside the Kavachi crater, scientists deployed a baited drop camera to a depth of 164 feet (50 meters), according to the journal Oceanography.

The volcano erupts almost continuously, according to NASA, and the steam and ash are often visible. The nearby island is named after a sea god of the Gatokae and Vangunu peoples, and is also sometimes referred to as Rejo te Kvachi, or “Kavachi’s Oven.”

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