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New marine life forming near Kilauea

HONOLULU (AP) — New marine life has formed in pools at a black sand beach created by the Kilauea volcano eruption, according to researchers in Hawaii.

Hawaiian red shrimp are beginning to thrive at the site of a former boat ramp on Hawaii island’s Pohoiki shoreline, Hawaii Public Radio reported Monday.

More than 700 homes were destroyed after Kilauea erupted in May 2018.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources researchers observed the activity in newly formed anchialine pools, which are land-locked and filled with brackish water.

New coastlines such as the one formed by the eruption can be difficult to observe, state biologist Troy Sakihara said.

ìThe coastline is still very unstable and, even if new habitats form, sometimes the new coastline breaks off, Sakihara said.

The biggest threats to the shrimp are invasive and introduced fish.