IS THERE A BLACK HOLE IN THE ATLANTIC?
Marine biologists have discovered areas about 60 miles wide in the Atlantic that suffocate all life. Oxygen-free whirlpools there reach depths of up to 500 feet and wander for years through the ocean before they collapse in on themselves. Fish and many other marine organisms can’t survive in these zones for long. Some creatures, like certain octopus species, have adapted to these extreme areas and can, at least temporarily, hide from predators there. Nobody has yet figured out where these “black holes” come from or what causes them to form. However researchers are optimistic that they’ll soon be able to make use of deep-sea drones and underwater robots to get to the bottom of this marine mystery.
The oxygen-free “black holes” migrate about 3 miles to the west each day. The vortex’s inner core does not allow any material to leak out. The whirlpools can, like the Gulf Stream, transport warm water. Like black holes in space, the suction of the whirlp
30 MILLION cubic meters of water are transported by the Gulf Stream every second. Without its infusion of warmth it would be about 10– 20 degrees colder in North America.