PHOTOS: "Unusual" Sea Volcano Spews Acid, Grows Fast

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Two types of shrimp—including a new species—thrive in harsh chemical conditions on the NW Rota-1 volcano, which is toxic to other marine life, in April 2009.

The larger orange shrimp are of a new carnivorous species, which preys on the smaller shrimp species in the photo as well as on carcasses of creatures that had wandered too close to the noxious volcanic plume.

Scientists saw poisoned fish and squid "raining down" on the seamount, where they were immediately devoured by the predatory shrimp—"a lovely adaptation of exploiting the noxious effects of the volcano," Verena Tunnicliffe, a biologist from the University of Victoria in Canada, said in a statement.
— Photograph courtesy WHOI
 
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