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A photograph taken from space by astronaut Doug Hurley showed a mysterious whirlpool that formed in the Pacific Ocean.
From their impressive vantage point, hundreds of miles above Earth, astronauts can get a unique perspective on our planet – that’s how the outpost allowed astronaut Doug Hurley to notice a mysterious swirl pattern in the Pacific Ocean below.
Hurley, who only arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in the past few weeks, took the picture after detecting the peculiar phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean from a height of approximately 408 kilometers (253 miles).
Astronaut posts photo on Twitter
Doug Hurley later shared the spectacular photo on Twitter, where you can see the strange whirlpool in all its glory. “This light blue swirl of the ocean caught my attention when we flew over the South Pacific,” explained the astronaut.
The dazzling image sparked an avalanche of theories about what was responsible for the mysterious pattern, with bioluminescent algae and even sea monsters among popular conjectures.
One of the conjectures that formed was “The fishing boat (bright spot) stirred the bioluminescent algae in the area while its crew dropped their nets (dark circles). The pattern is as much from the wake of the boat that disturbs the algae as from the schools of fish that circulate away from the bow of the boat as it ran over it. ”
While those are intriguing responses, the correct cause of the whirlpool mystery appears to be natural, as this is due to nutrients generally found in much deeper waters being moved to the surface.
“The ocean is a huge body of water that is in constant motion,” explains the National Ocean Service, which is why “The general patterns of ocean flow are called currents.
“Sometimes streams can pinch sections and create circular streams of water called eddies,” notes the National Ocean Service.
Be more specific, water in water or you just being smart.
— Andorette (@andy_wkm) June 16, 2020
Source: La Verdad Noticias