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Old Sow Whirlpool

In Western Passage of Passamaquoddy Bay,
Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Moose Island, Eastport, Maine, USA,
lies the
Western Hemisphere’s largest whirlpool,
and the second largest whirlpool in the world!

A measurement of the Old Sow was calculated by the President of the Old Sow Whirlpool Survivors’ Association in 1999 from this aerial photograph that he shot in 1995. The whirlpool’s diameter was determined by comparing it to the known diameter of the white navigational beacon tower (barely discernable in this JPEG image) at the southern tip of the grassy area of Deer Island Point Park on Deer Island.

The well-defined circular area shown here is over 230 feet / 70 metres in diameter. The larger gyre above it, which is not so well defined, continues in a much larger circular motion.

There are no known aerial photographs of the gyre showing the funnel that sometimes forms when the Old Sow is most violent.

Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater has produced an hour-long, entertaining thriller, entitled The Whirlpool, on CD about the Old Sow, available at select shops in the Quoddy Loop. Or, you can purchase one from Old Sow Publishing.

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