Top 10 Weirdest Ocean Phenomena

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Top 10 Weirdest Ocean Phenomena

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are a significant number of such phenomena unexplained that have left maritime researchers
shocked. A mixture of strange sea wonders has been seen and experienced by mariners around
the globe which you can know once you keep watching. From frost flowers to shinning waves,
have a look at the top 10 weirdest ocean phenomena.
Number 10) Striped iceberg
When you think of Antarctica, pristine white icebergs usually come to mind; probably the last
thing you’d expect is striped icebergs, with blue, green, yellow, and even brown. These can be
found in Antarctica. The different colors appear due to various reasons, but generally speaking,
they appear because of some layers of ice form in special conditions. Blue stripes are the most
common, and they appear when crevices are filled with water and they freeze so fast that no
bubbles are formed. However, things are different from the other ones. Green appears because
the water that freezes is extremely rich in algae, hence the color. Brown, yellow, and even black
stripes are caused by sediments picked up along the way when the ice sheet was sliding
downhill. They’re not exactly rare, but quite uncommon still. They’re an astonishing sight by
any standards. If you’re ever lucky enough to go to Antarctica, keep an eye out – you just might
see one of these awesome wonders!
Number 9.) brinicles
This weirdly looking but brilliant phenomenon is commonly known as the finger of death.
Brinicles are rarely observed even though they were discovered more than 5 decades back. This

phenomenon only occurs in specific conditions in the polar regions of the Earth, under blocks of
floating sea ice. Unlike frozen freshwater, ice on the ocean surface is composed of two elements.
The ice crystal is relatively pure, as the water excludes most of the salt during the freezing
process. The remaining salty water stays liquid due to its lowered freezing temperature and
creates highly salty brine channels within the leaky ice block. A brinicle is formed when this sea
ice cracks and leaks out the salty water to the open oceans. As the brine is heavier than the water
around it, it sinks to the ocean floor while freezing the relatively fresh water it comes into contact
with. This process lets the brinicle grow downward. Occasionally, a brinicle may reach the
seafloor as shown in the video. As it grows, it catches various bottom-dwelling creatures around
it, such as sea urchins and starfish, and freezes them to death. It is deadly, yet it looks
magnificent.
Number 8.) Frost flowers
These delicate, lovely looking things are definitely a phenomenon that most people don’t even
know exist. The frost flowers are usually found forming on new sea ice, in the colder seas. They
usually only form in cold conditions, where very little wind blows. The ice clusters will usually
grow around 4 centimeters in diameter and often take on the shape of a flower. These frost
flowers are very high in salt content, which gives it a crystal appearance that they take on. They
also release this salinity into the air wherever there are big clusters of these flowers in a certain
part of the sea. So not only can the sea create and sustain oceanic life, but it also goes through
changes and creates literal art in many places that we just don’t see.
Number 7.) bioluminescence

IF this is not magic, we don’t know what is. This natural phenomenon is a result of a
‘phytoplankton bloom”. In bloom, the tiny microorganisms, in this case, Planktons, grow very
quickly over a short period of time due to perfect growing conditions. During the day the algae
rise to the surface to capture sunlight, with millions of the microscopic organisms present in
every liter of seawater. The phytoplankton has a brownish color and, when so many are present,
is referred to as a ‘red tide’, which we will talk about in just a while. But once night falls, they
begin to glow blue when agitated. Algal blooms can occur due to increased nutrients that cause
the organisms to begin reproducing rapidly. The sight really is magnificent but some blooms
create toxins that are harmful to fish and small animals. This can then be passed up the food
chain to impact larger animals that feed on them like turtles, dolphins, and birds. As you can
guess, this is bad for marine life.


number 6.) The Maelstrom
With a name like a maelstrom, it’s hard to ignore the way that this phenomenon kind of warns us
about its dangerous ways. Originally introduced to the world by author Edgar Allan Poe, the
word maelstrom actually means “crushing current” which is very accurate
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