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What does a rogue wave look like?

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Asked by: Amanda Marie

It is common for rogue waves to be very steep-sided relative to the waves around them and for their troughs to be especially deep. They are also characterized by their unpredictability, often emerging from an unexpected direction.

How rare is a rogue wave?

It’s estimated that one in 10,000 waves is a rogue wave – but while they’ve been the subject of marine folklore for centuries, they were first officially recorded in the 1990s.

How big is a rogue wave?

Scientists define a rogue wave as any wave more than twice the height of the waves surrounding it. The Draupner wave, for instance, was 25.6 meters tall, while its neighbors were only 12 meters tall. In comparison, the Ucluelet wave was nearly three times the size of its peers.

Can rogue waves appear without warning?

More than their height, it is the damage that they create is more massive. Rogue waves are commonly known as freaky waves. The dangerous thing about these waves is that they appear without warning.

Can you detect rogue waves?

By using high-resolution radar or LIDAR sensors to watch the movement of waves around a ship, and applying the algorithm developed by Sapsis, crews should be able to detect rogue wave minutes before they form, giving them enough time to adjust course, or at least hang on.

Can a rogue wave flip a cruise ship?

Can a wave flip a cruise ship? It is highly unlikely that a wave could flip a cruise ship. They are built to be wide and have a heavy enough ballast on lower decks that they will survive rogue waves.

What to do if you see a rogue wave?

If you recognize the rogue ahead of time, avoid cresting the backside; back off and let it roll away and dissipate. If caught unawares and you do crest the wave, avoid the tendency to reduce the throttle as you stare down the precipice at the gaping hole below.

Has anyone survived a rogue wave?

In 2010 Sebastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon were airlifted from BT after it was struck by a huge wave some 210 miles north-west of the Azores.

What is the biggest rogue wave ever recorded?


Rogue waves were once thought to be a myth. Now, scientists say they observed one that was almost 60 feet tall. An enormous, 58-foot-tall swell that crashed in the waters off British Columbia, Canada, in November 2020 has been confirmed as the largest “rogue” wave ever recorded, according to new research.