There’s a strange swirling hole in a lake on the Oklahoma and Texas border.
The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted a video on YouTube showcasing the the sheer power of the swirling vortex in Lake Texoma. In the clip’s description, the hole is described as “8 feet in diameter and capable of sucking in a full-sized boat.”
Could this mysterious swirling hole really be able to swallow an entire boat? Technically, if the hole grew to a certain size, it could be a possibility. The Army Corps of Engineers has taken the precaution of marking the area with buoys and signs to keep people away from the vortex. The entire surrounding area is completely off-limits for boaters.
The reason behind the appearance of this gaping hole is surprisingly simple. The vortex is actually a naturally developing mechanism that helps drain an overflow of water out of the lake.
“Just like in your house when you fill a bathtub full of water and [open] the drain, it will develop a vortex or whirlpool,” BJ Parkey, the assistant lake manager at Lake Texoma, told Business Insider. The vortex is also in such an impressive state because of intense rains that have hit the area and caused major flooding. Parkey says the vortexes develop when floodgates are opened and cause water to start flowing rapidly. The quick-moving waters create a cyclonic action mimicking a tornado, which helps move the water in and out of the area rapidly.
It’s unclear how long the vortex will hang around; but it’s a great example of the power and hypnotizing beauty that mother nature can unexpectedly provide.