PHENOMENON AT SEA NEAR
(United Press Association.—Copyright.) (Received 25th August, 1 p.m.)
SYDNEY, This Day.
When the steamer Maheno was about 200 miles from Sydney Heads on her voyage from Auckland a huge swirling patch of water was observed by the master afcd officers. The cause of the phenomenon is a mystery. It is considered likely that a submarine earthquake was responsible. Much seaweed was in evidence, and thcro were many sharks cruising round, indicating that in all probability fish had been killed or stunned by the force of the disturbance.
To test the theory of an earthquake, the temperature of the water was taken as the vessel passed through the patch. The reading however, was approximately 65 degrees, which is about normal. The patch of broken water extended about a mile and a half, Tho line of demarcation between smooth and rough waters was very clear. ]?or a long time after passing, the swirling waters could be seen, indicating that the disturbance was not of a temporary character.