Scientists Discover World’s First Double Whirlpool

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Scientists Discover World’s First Double Whirlpool
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For the first time, the phenomenon of a double whirlpool has been observed. The discovery was made by a team of scientists at the University of Liverpool, and serves as a confirmation of an occurrence that was only theoretically possible for decades.

The Double Whirlpool

Large whirlpools in the open ocean are known as eddies, and these huge spiraling pools can span hundreds of miles. Two connected eddies spinning in opposite directions was considered a possibility, but hadn’t been observed until now. Chris Hughes, a University of Liverpool oceanographer, was lead author of the study.

“Ocean eddies almost always head to the west, but by pairing up they can move to the east and travel ten times as fast as a normal eddy, so they carry water in unusual directions across the ocean.”

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A double whirlpool is known as a modon, and has been theorized to exist for decades at this point. While we had never seen one in the wild, Hughes and the team received solid evidence of a double whirl