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Ocean Currents

What are the fastest currents in the world’s oceans?

The fastest known current is part of the Gulf Stream system: It heads north from the southern tip of Florida toward Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, flowing up to 3.3 to 6.6 feet (1 to 2 meters) per second, with some estimates as high as 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) per second. The Kuro Siwo Current in the Pacific Ocean runs a close second in terms of speed—around 1.3 to 4 feet (0.4 to 1.2 meters) per second.


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