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AvalancheSurfer
posted : February 22, 2008 Post subject: Diving a whirlpool
I remember watching a UK TV program a while back which I think was filmed on location in Orkney. It featured some divers exploring a rock column which created a whirlpool, and there were specialised miniature animals evolved to hold on in the tidal flow.

I seem to remember they also released some bodies to go through the rapids, but it is all very hazy! I think they must have been lifesized dummies released from the surface into the whirlpool with life jackets.

Does anyone know the name of this location, was there one whirlpool (with a name?) or were there many and does anyone know if whirlpools are normally caused by these rock columns?

Were they filming a regular dive or was it a very special dive, if so what kind of precautions would be necessary to dive this whirlpool?

Thanks in advance.


 
AvalancheSurfer
posted : February 22, 2008 Post subject: Diving a whirlpool
A friend has suggested this is the Corryvreckan in the North End of Jura. A quick look mentions the column, so I assume this is where the program was filmed.

If anyone has any comments about diving this or other whirlpools I'd still be interested.

 
AvalancheSurfer
posted : February 22, 2008 Post subject: Diving a whirlpool
And now I've even found there is info on this website: http://www.ukdiving.co.uk/places/coastal/articles/corryvreckan.htm

 
AvalancheSurfer
posted : February 22, 2008 Post subject: Diving a whirlpool
What's it like diving there?

 
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