Caribbean Reef Shark Investigates Hercules
Hercules had a sustained visit from this Caribbean Reef Shark during our exploration of Kick 'em Jenny, the Caribbean's only active underwater volcano. These sharks a closely related to Dusky Sharks, and are at the top of the food chain - they eat mainly fish and cephalopods. They are threatened in many areas, but have benefited from marine conservation efforts in several countries.
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.