The turbulence does not result from a simple rip tide, but rather from the collision of three opposed tidal currents whose violence is enhanced by the presence of a subsurface reef that forces the water upward. The powerful incoming tidal current loops back and collides with itself while another current, coursing in semicircular fashion around Advocate Bay, slams into the collision point at a 90-degree angle.
- Tides Archived 2014-09-23 at the Wayback Machine at Central Nova Scotia Tourism Association
- High/Low Tidal Finder; Worldwide Tide Forecast website (enter country, then location); accessed October 2015
- "Cape d'Or Lighthouse" at Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society
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