I think you’re probably right about the original question. I actually didn’t even notice that tiny vortex until after the post went up today! I think the little vortex is probably similar to the rib vortices I referenced at the end of the last post. If there happened to be some small localized rotation in the water initially, the wave’s passage would stretch it out. Stretching a vortex causes it to spin faster, exactly the way that an ice skater pulling her arms in causes her to spin faster - conservation of angular momentum! In that situation, the wave’s passage actually strengthens the vortex rather than destroying it.