A black current

August 2, 2006

Not one of these, a black currant
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Its an oceanic current called Kuroshio or ‘black current’ (the kanji is tide). This is a slightly intimidating name – like you don’t want to get caught in that! It runs at 2-4Knots which is why you don’t want to get into it, unless you’re going North. Fast!

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This image was from this website of a crazy guy ‘island hoping’ (his route is red) through Japan’s Southern Islands. What is amazing is the distance between some of the islands – at least 700km I would guess. You can read more about him on his site and even meet him if you go to kayak with Nishiizu tour group in Izu.

Read more at wikipedia and see some nice colourful images Naval Research Lab.

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