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Bright blue whirlpool the size of a small country appears off the coast of South Africa.
A huge and vibrantly blue ‘whirlpool’ the same size as a small country has been sighted off the coast of South Africa, and scientists are struggling to explain exactly why it happened.
The phenomenal whirlpool was spotted on December 26, 2011, by NASA’s Terra satellite and brought to attention of the experts at the space agency. Upon first seeing the images, the scientists were prone to suggest that it was nothing more than a whirlpool. However, various unusual features about this phenomenon suggested that it was something quite out of the ordinary.
The most unusual feature of the whirlpool was its extraordinarily vivid blue color. It has been suggested that this could have been caused by a considerable concentration of microorganisms called phytoplankton which is known to emit a similarly bright, blue light. This theory assumes that the microorganisms became trapped in the pressure caused by a water vortex which carried them across the surface of the ocean.
This certainly sounds like a plausible explanation for the striking coloring of the anomaly, but it does not explain the sheer size of the whirlpool. According to scientists, this kind of phenomenon can only really be caused by a supreme underwater earthquake. Giant vortexes have been perceived appearing following devastating earthquakes, such as the one which struck the Japanese shoreline in 2011. However, even the Japanese vortex, which was triggered by one of the most powerful earthquakes to strike the world since records again, was noticeably much smaller than the vortex off South Africa. This would suggest that if the vortex was caused by an earthquake that it would have had to be one of the strongest ever recorded on the planet Earth. How could an earthquake of such enormous proportions have struck the sea bed without seismologists picking up its activity or inevitable aftershocks? It seems totally implausible.
Because of the lack of likelihood in this explanation, those who are interested in this extraordinary anomaly have begun searching for alternative explanations. The problem with trying to tease out exactly what happened is that the ocean is so remarkably vast and impenetrable for human beings. The vast majority of the world’s oceans are still to be explored in their entirety which presents a fascinating opportunity for scientists looking for a new natural phenomenon, and an enticing opportunity for militaries across the world to hide their secrets. It is very possible that this vortex was not created by natural forces but rather a top-secret underwater experiment. What this could have been and whether the vortex was an intentional consequence remains a mystery.
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