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Naruto Whirlpools, Japan

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Published on Mar 20, 2009

Taken on 11 December 2008 between 10.20 - 11 a.m. (strongest currents for that day)




Whirlpool sighting at 1:40 part of the video.




The phenomenon occurs when opposing currents from the Seto Inland Sea and the Kii Channel meet in the Naruto Strait with a water level difference of as much as 1.5 meters, which is made by the ebb and flow of the tide. At the time of the flood tide in the spring through the fall, huge whirlpools running at 20 kilometers an hour and that exceed 20 meters in diameter occur. The outgoing tide creates the south current that forms whirlpools on the Kii Strait/Pacific Ocean side. The incoming tides create the north current that forms whirlpools on the Seto Inland Sea side.

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