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A drone photographer captured a stunning image of an enormous “flash rip” that emerged on the weekend off the south coast of Western Australia.

The picture was taken by Dene Bingham on Sunday at Hamersley Beach, in Fitzgerald River National Park.

The maelstrom was caused by the large swell that hit the coast on the weekend, Oceanographer Craig Brokensha said.

“That’s a big flash rip, there’s obviously been a big set,” he said.

“All that water has piled up on the beach and then surged out along a gutter.

“You can see once the water rushes out, in the whirlpool it spins back and goes either left or right.

“There’s some serious energy out there.”

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