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Epic underwater discovery: Active ancient volcano reveals astonishing secret in Canadian seas

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Marine biologists stumble upon volcanic ‘mermaid purses’—A nursery of giant eggs

In a groundbreaking expedition off the Pacific coast of Canada, a team of intrepid scientists, led by marine biologist Dr Cherisse Du Preez, has unveiled the stunning revelation of a supposedly dormant underwater volcano teeming with life and shrouded in mystery.

Expecting a chilly, lifeless mound hidden beneath icy waters, the team was astounded to find warm mineral-rich fluid erupting from the ancient volcano, creating a haven for a thriving marine ecosystem. What truly left the researchers in awe was the summit adorned with colossal eggs, leading them to the unexpected culprit—a Pacific white skate, a distant relative of sharks and rays.

Dr Du Preez, the expedition leader, disclosed that these peculiar eggs, reminiscent of ‘mermaid purses,’ were scattered across the summit, measuring an impressive 1.5 feet (0.5 metres) in diameter. During the two-week exploration, the team observed the Pacific white skate weaving through the fronds, depositing its precious cargo.

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Remarkably, the warm water emanating from the volcano accelerates the gestation period, allowing the eggs to hatch into fully-fledged juveniles in just four years. Dr Du Preez exclaimed, “It’s a win-win situation— the shallow summit acts as a coral garden, providing a safe haven for the young skates before their descent into the deep.”

Regrettably, the egg-covered undersea mountain faces an imminent threat from fishing activities, as it lacks protection. However, in response to this extraordinary find, the research team is committed to monitoring the volcanic mount to safeguard its newfound treasures.

In the aftermath of this United Nations Ocean Decade-endorsed expedition, a riveting three-minute video, now available on YouTube, captures the team’s unprecedented discoveries and their encounters with mesmerizing deep-sea creatures. Dr Du Preez confessed, “Our expedition was unprecedented. The discoveries we made and our personal encounters with deep-sea animals have left us speechless.”

As the scientific community rallies to comprehend the implications of this astonishing discovery, the fate of the volcanic nursery and its unique inhabitants hangs in the balance, echoing the urgent need for conservation efforts in the mesmerizing depths of our oceans.

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