The Cheerios Effect In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Occasionally, I run into clumps of seaweed and bunches of trash or plastic in the ocean,” says Steven Munatones. “It is more often than not that I swim into a clump of something rather than a solitary piece of trash or single piece of seaweed. I have always wondered why these clumps are more likely the case than not.”

Channel swimmer Dr. Peter Attia may have provided a hint of the answer in his recent article, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out where he referred to the Cheerios Effect.

The Cheerios Effect by Harvard mathematicians Dominic Vella and L. Mahadevana describe the propensity of floating objects to aggregate – read about the Cheerios Effect here.

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