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Fellow tourist Rocco Piganelli yesterday told the Associated Press he spotted the man, 44-year-old Californian resident David Potts, spiral down into the hole off Nakalele Point on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Saturday.
Mr Piganelli said the man briefly resurfaced from the water in the next wave but then disappeared again.
"I felt like I was going to throw up."
Piganelli inadvertently captured the man's last moments when taking a photo of his daughter and her friends.
It shows a man in sho
Originally posted by AMANNAMEDQUEST
Before I read the post, I thought to myself, "amazing, a man was sucked into a whale's blowhole? Is this a first?." Anyway, those things are dangerous at certain tides right? Razor sharp volcanic rock.
Originally posted by Bixxi3
Wow thats a horrible way to go.
You'd think they'd have a sign and maybe a chain linked fenced for people like me who didn't have a clue that could even happen.
Originally posted by morder1
Excuse my ignorance on this subject...
What exactly is a blowhole? Reading the headline I was expecting a massive whale blowhole or something...
Is it a hot spot from volcanic activity or like a geyser?
In geology, a blowhole is formed as sea caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts and expose themselves towards the surface, which can result in quite spectacular blasts of water from the top of the blowhole. if the geometry of the cave and blowhole and state of the weather are appropriate. A blowhole is also the name of a rare geologic feature in which air is either blown out or sucked into a small hole at the surface due to pressure differences between a closed underground cavern system and the surface. The blowholes of Wupatki National Monument are an example of such a phenomenon. It is estimated that the closed underground passages have a volume of at least seven billion cubic feet. Wind speeds can approach 30 miles per hour. In 2011, a man was killed while he was standing near a blowhole at Nakalele Point located in Maui, Hawaii, when a wave pushed him into the blowhole, and he never resurfaced.