Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS Animals Found Living INSIDE Volcanoes! From strange sharks swimming around at the bottom of the world to other bizarre creatures, this top 10 list of animals that can survive inside a volcano will amaze you!
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Of course, bees are usually found flying around gardens and fields of flowers in their search for pollen, but there’s one species of bee that has been found to be living in the last place you’d expect… on the edge of a volcano. And it wasn’t just by chance either!
9. Larval Fish
In 2015, an Australian research vessel was investigating undersea volcanoes off the coast of the continent and found a horrifying-looking fish that was living there. Known as a scaleless blackfish, it has translucent fangs and no scales. Scientists have struggled to identify the exact species, although some believe it to be an adult snaggletooth dragonfish.
8. Yeti Crabs
The ocean floor is littered with hydrothermal vents, which are chimneys that release water and minerals that have been heated to as much as 700 degrees Fahrenheit by volcanic activity below. They’re inhospitable places, but a survey in the waters near Antarctica found an unusual animal living in and around them.
7. Venus’ Hair
The Tagoro volcano, which lies under the ocean near the Canary islands, erupted in 2012 and reshaped 3.5 square miles of the sea floor. Two years later, a team of researchers visited the site to take samples and were very surprised by what they found. It soon became clear that the region was covered in long white filaments, which are now called Venus’ Hair… named after Botticelli’s painting of the goddess Venus emerging from the sea.
6. Tube Worms
Not all volcanoes spew out molten hot lava, and in the Arctic Ocean, there’s another type, called Mud Volcanoes, that release hot mud as well as methane gas. This environment would, of course, be inhospitable to most animals, but studies have found them to be home to billions of tiny worms.
5. Loihi Shrimp
The seabed around Guam is a volcanically active place, and there’s one volcano that’s particularly lively and teeming with life. Studies between 2004 and 2006 found that the volcano had built a new cone that was 131 feet high and 984 feet wide, which is about the same as a 12-story tall city block.
4. Megapode Birds
In New Guinea, there’s a species of bird that actually needs the specialized environment around a volcano to breed. Known as megapodes, they are similar to chickens, with a small head and large feet, and their name comes from the Greek meaning ‘large foot’.
A study in 2012 that performed DNA analysis on rocky soils around the volcanoes of South America found evidence of a number of different species of bacteria, fungi, and various other simple organisms called archaea. Archaea are found around the world, but these ones have adapted to be very different from their cousins.
2. Thermus aquaticus
Sitting above a supervolcano, the bubbling hot springs of Yellowstone can reach temperatures in excess of 194 degrees Fahrenheit and are way too inhospitable for most organisms to survive. Researchers have found one microbe that flourishes in this environment, though, called Thermus aquaticus.
If undersea volcanoes weren’t dangerous enough, a team of researchers investigating the Kavachi volcano near the Solomon islands found some of the ocean’s deadliest predators living within the main peak. Footage taken by undersea rovers showed hammerhead sharks and silky sharks living inside and seemingly unaffected by the harsh heat and acidic environment.
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