Fwd = Weird Whirlpool (San Diego)
- Footage at below website.
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Original Date: 1 May 2001 20:36:45 -0000
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A strange phenomenon spinning off the coast of San Diego. Some say it
comes from out of this world.
It can best be described as a giant whirlpool caught on videotape off
Black's Beach. A man flying in a biplane shot the footage with his
home video camera and it is extraordinary to say the least.
Oceanographers say they've never seen anything like it. But at least
one expert says an unidentified underwater object could have caused
the weird whirlpool.
Flying saucers, UFOs, strange lights - people say they've seen them in
the skies, over the water, even in the water. Imagine for a moment
what would happen if a spacecraft did land in the ocean off San Diego.
What would it look like?
Saturday, February 3, 2001 - 1100 feet above Black's Beach. Mike
Runion is a passenger in an open-air biplane on a sightseeing tour
when he sees something he's never seen before. The pilot circles
around for another look and there it is: a huge, spinning whirlpool.
Mike pulled out his video camera and started shooting - 37 seconds of
footage that shows a spinning whirlpool, sucking up dirt and debris,
just outside the surf line -- a spiral of foam rising up from the
Mike is a kayaker. He and his friends spend a lot of time in the
ocean, but this video was like nothing they had ever seen. When NEWS 8
first aired this video about a month ago, we received a phone call
from the director of the San Diego UFO society. Rob Baldwin wanted to
take a closer look so we obliged.
Baldwin says UFOs have been reported for years off the coast of San
Diego. But could an underwater spacecraft really cause a whirlpool?
Baldwin says the spinning motion of an underwater flying saucer could
do just that.
Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are skeptical of
the UFO theory to say the least. Bill Schmidt does extensive research
on ocean rip currents. He says the spinning motion in the video
appears to be a giant eddy, perhaps caused by two competing ocean
Rip currents run perpendicular to the shoreline, flowing straight out
to sea. Once they get outside the surf zone they sometimes collide
with long-shore currents heading north or south. When the two currents
come together a spinning, eddy motion can result.
There is also a deep canyon off the coast of Black's Beach, which can
make ocean currents unpredictable. But because the video is so short
Schmidt says it's difficult to say exactly what caused the eddy.
As for the man who shot the video, he's still at a loss to explain it.
For now, the cause of the strange whirlpool off Black's Beach remains
a mystery -- a phenomenon unexplained by either science or science
No one really knows just how common these whirlpool currents are off
the San Diego coastline. But, scientists say they wouldn't be
surprised if they occur as seldom as once a year or as often as once a
Copyright � 2001 Midwest Television
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