Spiral Eddies

Spin off eddy
Mayotte Island
Mozambique Channel

Spin off eddy, Mayotte Island, Mozambique Channel

51F-45-067 Flight 51F: 14S, 45E, Aug 1985

Lying as it does in the Mozambique Channel, Mayotte protrudes into the strong ocean current that is part of the Agulhas Current system. In the summer, especially in July and August, the effects of the powerful southwest monsoonal winds push the sea through the channel to the northeast. Eddies are formed downstream from Mayotte as large, turbulent vortices, one of which was observed and photographed from the flight deck by the commander of the Challenger.

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