Anyone who has been caught in a rip current knows how scary it can be, but seen from a unique perspective, (not to mention a safe distance) this one is just awesome.
Paraglider Scott Patman snapped this photo of a big rip as it sucked sediment into an epic whorl off the coast of Western Australia near Perth. Dr. Rob Brander, coastal geomorphologist and senior lecturer at Australia’s University of New South Wales, posted the photo on his Facebook page, “Dr. Rip’s Science of the Surf” on Friday morning.
Although the photo is impressive, whirlpools tend to “look worse than they are,” as Brander explained on his page. “When you get [a] big, clean swell hitting the beach at a strong angle, you get strong longshore currents that can peel offshore forming eddies,” he also wrote.
from The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/australia-whirlpool-photo-rip-current-vortex_n_3252622.html