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A colossal whirlpool the size of a state appeared near the coast of South Africa, leaving scientists scratching their heads because they couldn’t find any explanation regarding its unfamiliar features.


The surface of our planet is mostly covered with water, about 71 percent to be more precise. This abundance of aquatic mass remains mostly unexplored, leaving plenty of room to imagine what could reside on the bottom of the oceans.

To visualize the tremendous watery proportions held by this planet, we must first think of the oceans which hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. That sounds really vast, doesn’t it? But besides this staggering chunk of water, there is still 3.5 percent that can be found in the air as water vapors, in lakes and rivers, icecaps and glaciers, underground as soil moisture or rapid streams, and last but not least, inside of every living creature.

With these numbers at hand, it’s easy to understand that the perfect hiding spot for anyone or anything that doesn’t want to be discovered is under the water. Since the Cold War, considerable portions below the oceans were studded with hydrophones by both the U.S. and Russia, and there’s a certain rumor speaking of fiber optics cables that had been stretch all across the ocean floor before they were even available for public use.

Recent years have shown that ocean mysteries are found in abundance, leaving no doubt about the unusual activity that’s happening underwater. First, I’ll highlight an intriguing event that has captivated the curiosity of scientists and amateur explorers alike. It remains unexplained until today, since there is no photographic or video evidence except the images received via satellite from NASA.

On December 26, 2011, NASA’s Terra satellite was passing over the South Atlantic Ocean when it beamed back to Earth images of a mesmerizing event that was just taking place. At first glance, the peculiar accumulation of water appeared to be a giant whirlpool that was vividly glowing blue, but because of the unusual proportions, the team of scientists investigating were perplexed.

150-kilometer-wide whirlpool surprised by satellite. Credits/NASA

The colossal vortex was spotted about 500 miles off the Coast of South Africa and its enormous diameter stretched over a portion of 100 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. According to analysts, such a massive sighting the size of an entire state had never been recorded until then. Furthermore, the glowing blue light was another puzzling factor in determining its exact cause and origins.

One possible explanation for the vividly blue color is phytoplankton – a considerable gathering of microorganisms that emit a glowing blue light. Because of the overwhelming sucking force of the vortex, phytoplankton together with debris that got in the way were trapped inside and carried across the surface of the ocean. This sounds reasonable enough to explain the color, but what about the massive proportions of the whirlpool?

This is where the interesting part is found. Scientists have suggested that such a phenomenon can only be caused by underwater earthquakes, at least from a scientific point of view. Analysts further compared this ocean anomaly to another giant vortex that has devastated Japan’s shoreline back in 2011. This whirlpool was the result of a magnitude-9 earthquake that has ravaged the Japanese coastline by causing one of the most devastating tsunamis recorded to have hit Japan, and the 4th most powerful in the world since modern day recording began in 1900.

However, the size of the whirlpools generated by this earthquake pales in comparison to the one discovered by NASA’s satellite. So who or what could have caused this 100 miles blue vortex?

After exploring the scientific possibilities, analysts have proposed an extreme weather scenario, or a powerful earthquake that could have occurred on the ocean floor. However, no such reports were recorded in that particular area of the Atlantic, and there were no fishing boats speaking of any unusual atmospheric conditions, leaving scientists baffled because of the mysterious conditions in which this unusual sighting had occurred.

The giant blue vortex was only visible for a limited amount of time, and it remains unknown if any authorities managed to reach it in time to document its monstrous presence. It reminds us of the unusual red glowing dots witnessed by two pilots during a commercial flight over the Pacific, an event that also rests without a viable explanation.

Besides the scientific explanation, the UFO community has proposed several other possibilities for the colossal sighting. One theory speaks of a submerged alien base that has caused the blue vortex the moment it sank beneath the Atlantic, while another hints towards secret military activity beneath the ocean.

With no earthquake to cause such a devastating spinning force, it remains plausible that some kind of otherworldly device or an experimental machine used by either the navy or military is responsible for this. What do you think to be the case?


Written by The Explorer / Originally published on EWAO

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