Scientists have discovered two whirlpools swirling in opposite directions and at incredible speed in the Tasman Sea.
For the first time ever, researchers at the University of Liverpool have discovered double whirlpools, which before had only existed in theory. The research team say they’ve discovered what they term “smoke rings” in the Tasman Sea, which were spotted using measurements from satellites.
The ocean is filled with these swirling whirlpools or eddies, which can stretch for dozens of miles and carry small creatures long distances. These “smoke rings” are essentially linked eddies that spin in opposite directions as a double whirlpool, moving a up to 10 times the speed of a normal whirlpool.
Scientists think these fast-moving eddies could send small marine creatures at tremendous speed and long distances. Such “smoke rings” need an area of calm water to expel whatever they suck up, and it’s tough to find them as well.