Thursday, July 11, 2013


A whirlpool is a swirling body of water produced by the meeting of opposing currents. The vast majority of whirlpools are not very powerful. More powerful ones are properly termed maelstroms.Whirlpools in oceans are usually caused by tides. The most powerful whirlpools are created in narrow, shallow straits with fast flowing water. Powerful whirlpools have killed unlucky seafarers, but their power tends to be exaggerated by laymen. There are virtually no stories of large ships ever being sucked into a whirlpool. In popular imagination, but only rarely in reality, whirlpools can have the dangerous effect of destroying boats.

Photo credit: © Norbert Rosing - LINK
The Naruto whirlpools in the Naruto Strait, a channel between Naruto in Tokushima and Awaji Island in Hyōgo, Japan. Japan - LINK

Tidal whirlpool created during Hurricane Irene. Photo by Arlo West on Flickr
Corryvreckan Whirlpool: This enticing whirlpool in the Sound of Jura, Scotland - LINK

large whirlpool known as "Old Sow" off the coast of Maine - LINK

The Naruto Whirlpools, Japan - LINK

Mini whirlpools in Orkney. Photo credit: Thomas Bruin

Natural whirlpool at the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls near Sudelfeld in Southern Germany. - LINK

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