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NASA Satellite Captures Enormous 90 Mile Wide "Blue Spiral" Underwater.

A Nasa satellite has provided jaw-dropping pictures of a huge 'storm' brewing under the sea.

The swirling mass of water - which measures a whopping 93 miles wide - has been spotted off the coast of South Africa by the Terra satellite on December 26.

But there's no need to alert international shipping, or worry about the poor fish that might find themselves in an endless washing cycle - the body of water poses no threat.

Stunning image: The 90-mile-wide whirlpool, spotted off the coast of South Africa by Nasa's Terra satellite, looks deadly but it more likely to create life by lifting nutrients from the ocean floor

Stunning image: The 90-mile-wide whirlpool, spotted off the coast of South Africa by Nasa's Terra satellite, looks deadly but it more likely to create life by lifting nutrients from the ocean floor

Indeed, it is more likely to create life by sucking nutrients from the bed and bringing them to the surface.

The sea storms - which are better known as eddies - form bizarre whirl shaped shapes deep beneath the ocean's surface.

This counter-clockwise eddy is thought to have peeled off from the Agulhas Current, which flows along the southeastern coast of Africa and around the tip of South Africa.

Closer look: A detail from the Terra photo shows the eddy is turning counter-clockwise - with the water surrounding it becoming a deeper blue the further it is from the centre

Closer look: A detail from the Terra photo shows the eddy is turning counter-clockwise - with the water surrounding it becoming a deeper blue the further it is from the centre

Agulhas eddies - also called 'current rings' - tend to be among the largest in the world, transporting warm, salty water from the Indian Ocean to the South Atlantic.

Agulhas eddies can remove juvenile fish from the continental shelf, reducing catch sizes if one passes through a fishing region.

The bizarre phenomenon was spotted when the Terra satellite was conducting a routine natural-colour image of the Earth.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2104279/Nasa-satelli...

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Comment by Mike Cebhoo on February 27, 2012 at 9:43

I have never seen something this large in the ocean it is too large to see from down here, Satellites can bring amazing things!

Mike

Comment by Malachite on February 24, 2012 at 4:41

Awesome!!

Comment by Vinay Jain on February 24, 2012 at 2:25

Hard to fathom Nature's ways

Though It is said to be simple having simple laws!

Comment by Airon[Marion Wilkins on February 23, 2012 at 23:13

 The only reason were starting too see things unknown before,is because of the teck.we have never had it.  I expect all sort of wonderous things have always been happening.  Faith  marion

Comment by Eugene OV member Admin on February 23, 2012 at 16:20

Well if its happened before all over then is it simply happening again. It does not mean anything other than that. Can this phenomenon wash over beaches?

I wonder what the fish feel about this? "Hurricane Neptina?"

Comment by Donna Harcos on February 23, 2012 at 14:59

Great post Christopher - thanks much - I've not seen or heard of one before even though I've grown up/lived on the coast -  so new news for me.  Happy to have the knowledge. Blessings 

Comment by Brock Canner on February 23, 2012 at 12:25

Although I didn't have a NASA satellite image. In my sailing days I have seen a few blue holes. Mostly in the Bahamas, but nothing of this magnitude. WOW

Comment by Dragon Chimes OV Admin on February 23, 2012 at 11:59

@kevin oneill   this isn't church sweetie.  Please don't bring in religious DOGMA here!  The kingdom of God is in you, in all of us. We are all souls having a human experience.  This is a sign of earth's ascension, not the end of the world.

Comment by Lola Reinhart on February 23, 2012 at 11:47

Than ks for showing us this!  Rainbows of Love

Comment by Mario Messina-Azekri on February 23, 2012 at 9:50

Earth own Tidy Bowl..

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