The strongest whirlpools in the world
• The strongest whirlpools in the world
In the novels of Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe whirlpools are able to swallow the whole vessel, but in reality, they are not so strong. However, it is still a frightening sight, and there are few places in the world where you can be very close and watch these holes in the surface of the water.
Naruto in Japan - proof that whirlpools do not swallow whole ships. Here you can book a cruise along the Naruto whirlpools to watch off the coast of Shikoku in Japan. These eddies are called "Whirlwind of water" and "Amazing Naruto." But if you are afraid to go to the place of the whirlpool in the boat, that is a great opportunity to observe them from a bridge. Whirlpools occur every 6 hours, more often in summer than in winter, so it is worth to know the exact time to see this phenomenon.
Old Sow - a giant whirlpool, which is between the United States and Canada, near Deer Island, New Brunswick, on the Canadian side. It can be seen from Deer Island, but some brave tourists can take a boat cruise to watch a whirlwind 76 meters wide, and then join the club of the survivors. It is difficult to measure the Old Sow yourself, but believe that this is the biggest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.
If you're wondering where Edgar Allen Poe and Jules Verne got his inspiration when writing a novel, you should see a series of whirlpools Moskstraumen in Lofoten, Norway. This place has become legendary, and the reason for that is his real danger. Funnel appears in the open sea, which is quite rare, as usually they are in the rivers and lakes, because its a lot harder to see.
The only whirlpool that is happening in the channel - Corryvreckan, between the islands of Jura and Scarba, off the coast of Scotland. Locals warn that cross the channel is very dangerous, but there are wild swimmers who try to see it up close. This place is even described in the literature - George Orwell wrote in 1984 that was saved from the whirlpool in 1947, after his boat was in this place.
Charybdis was a sea creature in Greek mythology, it was believed that he was living in the Straits of Messina, and ate a lot of ships as they passed. Later the cause of "devouring" the courts awarded the whirlpool Charybdis in this area, although the whirlpool is quite moderate, and, as we know, can not sink the ship. Now it is called Garofalo, and it can be seen on the coast of Sicily. It's not the most dramatic maelstrom, but the mythology makes it an interesting place for a classical scholar.
around a series of whirlpools Skookumchuck Narrows, Canada created a national park, and it's a great place to explore eddies through snorkeling and camping. However, these flows are not for amateur canoeist - the locals are advised to check the flow before you dare to cross them. In some cases, whirlpools and foam can be extremely dangerous. It is safer to observe them from a specially constructed platform on the edge of the water and combine it with a tour and exploring the wild beauty of the park.
Whirlpool Those Aumiti (New Zealand) is beautiful, but dangerous. Tip locals says that you can swim through it only if flow is very weak. Those Aumiti is between Admiralty Bay and the Gulf of Tasman. The Whirlpool is formed due to the colliding flows, which are also known as the French pass (this name was given to the flow of French explorer Dumont D'Urville, who successfully led a campaign in 1827). Nearby is the island of Rangitoto Tonga, which is also known as the island of D'Urville.
Now Daiet Latvia - one of the most popular whirlpools. headlines are full of inscriptions, that "monstrous maelstrom ... swallows everything in its path," and there is factual evidence and video, which the whirlpool is capable of swallowing chunks of ice and pieces of wrecks, as well as various types of cargo, floating down the river Daugava. However, this whirlpool is still nothing is swallowed, because not as dangerous as it is described.
Ctoilo would expect that there are whirlpools at Niagara, and you will not be disappointed rushing with huge force of water flow, creating whirlpools. Consider they can be suspended with special booths, sliding on the big gorge. The cable car was built in 1916 the famous Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo and modernized since then several times. The ride lasts for 10 minutes and overcame a distance of 1 km, being the safest way to be close to the roaring maelstrom of Niagara!
But the most powerful whirlpool in the world is Saltstraumen in Norway. Swirl - pool is 10 meters wide and 5 meters deep, which is caused by 400 million cubic meters of water rushing through a narrow channel every 6 hours. The whirlpool can be observed near the town of Boda, which is north of the Arctic Circle. It is very cold, and if you decide on such a journey, then make sure to dress warmly.