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Marine researchers spot underwater ‘tornado’ during remote expedition

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Marine researchers spot underwater ‘tornado’ during remote expedition

Marine researchers spot underwater ‘tornado’ during remote expedition

A group of scientists spotted a vortex forming in the deep sea during a remote expedition on Moore Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia on Friday.

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In a clip filmed by the underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian, a tornado-shaped formation moves underwater in the Coral Sea Marine Park and leaves a trail along the seafloor before disappearing.

"We're not quite sure of what we're seeing.

After further analysis, we have determined that this most likely was caused by vertical thrusters on the ROV, which caused a vortex moving the current direction," director of marine communications at the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Dr Carlie S.

Wiener told Reuters.

Schmidt Ocean Institute organized the expedition - their first where the entire science team was remote.




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