Scientists uncover historical, underwater volcano continues to be lively — and lined in as much as one million large eggs

The summit of the seamount was lined in 1000’s of large, ravioli-shaped eggs. (Picture credit score: NEPDEP 2023)

Researchers exploring an historical, underwater volcano off the Pacific coast of Canada have found it’s nonetheless lively — and “lined” in 1000’s of large eggs.

Earlier than the expedition, the staff thought the volcano was extinct and the waters round it frigid. Nevertheless, they discovered the underwater mountain — which towers 3,600 ft (1,100 meters) above the seafloor — spouting heat water and encrusted with deep-sea corals. The recent, mineral-rich fluid retains the encircling waters toasty, offering ultimate circumstances for some marine creatures to outlive within the deep sea. The researchers had been much more shocked to see a Pacific white skate (Bathyraja spinosissima) weaving out and in of the fronds and laying eggs on the summit, almost a mile (1.5 kilometers) beneath the floor.

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