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The Spinning Underwater Vortex

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Vortex rings are a topic we’ve covered before with dolphins, whales, humans, volcanoes and even moss, but this video is particularly fun thanks to the addition of a bottle cap. By sticking the bottle cap next to the ring, these swimmers are able to demonstrate the forceful spinning of the fluid near the vortex. This spinning is what helps the vortex hold its shape over distances much larger than its diameter. As you can also see, though, sticking a bottle cap in the ring causes it to break up faster than it would otherwise! (submitted by Kris S)

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