Stunning White Swirls Spotted Off Canada's East Coast Aren't Actually Clouds
Who knew nature could be so beautiful?
Canada is full of amazing natural wonders and this is no different. However, these stunning white spirals aren't clouds like you might think. Swirling ice eddies off the east coast are actually frozen formations caught up in ocean currents.
These twisting and turning streaks of white appear to be clouds when you first glance at them but they're happening in the ocean, not in the sky.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, eddies can form along the boundaries of cold and warm ocean currents.
Ice eddies like the ones spotted off the coast of Labrador are common in the spring and fall months because of a delicate balance.
The ice needs to be warm enough to break apart but still cool enough to stay frozen as it gets caught up in the currents.
When everything falls into place, it makes for a breathtaking sight!
As the melting sea ice gets into the ocean currents, it makes the usually unseeable spiral movements of the eddies visible from above.
Recently, the swirls were spotted dancing across the surface of the ocean off Canada's east coast on April 18 and April 19 and the images are so stunning.
When the melting ice breaks into chunks, ocean currents stir those pieces into a cyclone-shaped vortex, which is what you can see floating around.
Those spirals can range in size from several hundred feet to even a few hundred kilometres.
According to The Weather Network, warmer eddies rotate clockwise while colder ones rotate counterclockwise.
So that's why you can see the swirls moving in different directions.
These swirling eddies are pretty common, according to NASA.
However, they can sometimes be hard to spot because of clouds blocking them from view.
In Canada, there are some amazing natural wonders likeand even below the surface of the ocean off the coasts of Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and B.C.