An underwater volcano
surrounded by sharks sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but “Sharkcano” is very real
NASA’s Operational Land Imager-2
located aboard the Landsat 9 satellite, took striking snapshots of the submarine volcano, called Kavachi, erupting earlier this month.
Named after a sea god
is a nod to the Solomon Islands' two species of sharks, according to(opens in new tab) NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
It’s one of the most active
underwater volcanoes in this part of the Pacific and has been erupting nearly continuously since at least 1939
Scientists believe the
volcano’s summit is roughly 65 feet below the water; Kavachi’s base is on the seafloor, about three-fourths of a mile below sea level,
“Sharkcano” earned its nickname
after a 2015 expedition found two species of sharks, along with active microbial communities, living within the volcano’s crater.