Back in 2013, we were treated to the horror that could happen if a tornado swooped up a bunch of sharks and deposited them down on us in a killer fury of cinema silliness. Sharknado combined two horror premises into one hilarious B-rated film about a tornado water spout flooding a city and bringing along killer sharks who were more than happy to cause maximum damage along the way. It spawned a franchise of movies and now we might have another scenario like this on our hands, though it’s actually happening in the real world. There’s been recent activity in an underwater volcano that has species of mutant sharks living in it. Could we be going from Sharknado to Sharkcano? It sure looks like it’s something of a possibility.
The volcanic activity is happening in the Kavachi Volcano which is located near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. According to NASA, the volcano has been showing recent eruption activity over the last month or so with plumes of smoke detected in the vicinity. While underwater volcano eruptions are never amazing things, this particular volcano has some differences in what is actually living in and around the area. Those are species of sharks that have adapted to live in the acidic and very hot conditions present in the volcanic area.
The two sharks that live in the crater of the volcano are the scalloped hammerhead and the silky shark which have adapted to make this unique situation home. The prevailing idea is that these sharks mutated over the millennia in order to survive the singular conditions present in this region. Their initial discovery back in 2016 did raise eyebrows from researchers who wondered exactly what else could be living in the region of a volcano (or other extreme places) and why they would have even been in the area, to begin with. There was essentially a question of what else could have adapted to survive and thrive in such conditions. In addition to the two species of sharks, there’s also a type of stingray that was discovered in this area.
Now, volcanic activity in the Kavachi crater doesn’t mean we are going to get an eruption that launches these sharks into the sky to reign terror on the high seas. Far from it. The sharks living in the volcanic crater are adapted for those conditions only and would survive, in their current form, out in the open ocean. So no worries there. But it does make you wonder what else has adapted to live in these hard-to-reach places throughout the history of our big blue orb. There are surely secrets tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the planet with a whole host of mutated animals and species that have come to live in places once thought impossible.
We are unlikely to get a full-on Sharkcano with these sharks, though I suppose the Sharknado idea could still happen in just the right conditions. We might not be out of the woods (or the seas) on that one just quite yet.