Sharks found living inside an active VOLCANO baffle scientists: 'Like a sci-fi ...

SHARKS living inside of an active volcano have baffled scientists who are unsure how the marine predators survive the extreme environment.

PUBLISHED: 13:50, Mon, Aug 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:50, Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Several species of shark, ranging from reef sharks, hammerheads and scalloped hammerheads have made an expected appearance in one of the world's most active submarine volcanoes. Exactly why sharks inhabit this area remain one of the world's enduring marine mysteries.

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Marine ecologist Michael Heithaus of Florida International University, has dedicated his life to answer why the apex predators are attracted to volcanoes.

I thought it sounded like a sci-fi movie. It's an amazing find

Professor Michael Heithaus

Professor Heithaus was surprised by the discovery, which he said occurred by chance.

He said: ”I thought it sounded like a sci-fi movie. It's an amazing find.

"It just demonstrates how adaptable sharks are.

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Several species of shark have made an expected appearance in a volcanoSeveral species of shark have made an expected appearance in a volcano (Image: Getty)

Further studies into the sharks’ strange behaviour have been disrupted because of Kavachi’s activityFurther studies into the sharks’ strange behaviour have been disrupted because of Kavachi’s activity (Image: Getty)

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"Extreme environments are something they can clearly handle; whether it's a volcano or surviving thousands of metres underwater.

"It's really not yet known why they are there. It could be something to do with reproduction, or who knows what else is living in there... maybe they're just sniffing out a meal."

The shocking discovery was made in 2015 at the Solomon Islands’ Kavachi volcano in a National Geographic documentary.

Scientists have since dubbed the marine volcano the "Sharkcano".

most dangerous volcanoes map graphicThe shocking discovery was made in 2015 at the Solomon Islands’ Kavachi volcano (Image: Express)

But further studies into the sharks’ strange behaviour have been disrupted because of Kavachi’s activity.

Questions, therefore, remain as to how sharks survive in an active crater, 60ft (18m) below the surface, where temperatures approach boiling point.

Professor Heithaus believes the answer may relate to a cluster of pores on their snout called the ampullae of Lorenzini.

He suspects

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