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Thor's Well, swallows the sea off the Oregon coast. MICHEL MATTON/CC BY-SA 4.0
PHOTO: Thor's Well, swallows the sea off the Oregon coast. MICHEL MATTON/CC BY-SA 4.0
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Maritime Image of the Day: “Thor’s Well” in Oregon

PortandTerminal.com, May 2, 2020

CAPE PERPETUA, OR – On the Oregon coast near Cape Perpetua, a gaping, seemingly bottomless sinkhole swallows the unbroken stream of seawater around it. This natural feature called Thor’s Well seems to drain the ocean straight into the underworld.

While Thor’s Well is not actually bottomless; it is, however, very dangerous and measuring about 20-feet deep – not something you would want to slip and fall into.

Thor’s Well would have begun life as a sea cave. Eventually, the top of the cave collapses, leaving an opening where the tide surges from below send water shooting upward with dramatic force.

Atlas Obscura advises that the best time to visit Thor’s Well is one hour before the high tide to see it without water and then observe how the formation fills up.

The image that we are featuring was taken by photographer Michel Matton in February 2016.

Here are another couple of photos that will give you different angles to appreciate its beauty from.

Aerial View of Thor's Well. Sea water. Green grass, covered rocks.
Aerial View of Thor’s Well (PHOTO: BERNARD GOMEZ)
Sinkhole. Rocks, water, seaweed
Thor’s Well. (PHOTO Thomas Shahan)

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