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Sneaker Waves - Wikipedia
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Sneaker Waves - Wikipedia

A sneaker wave, sleeper wave, or in Australia a king wave is a disproportionately large coastal wave that can sometimes appear in a wave train without warning. The terminology is popular rather than scientific: there is no scientific coverage (or evidence) of the phenomenon as a distinct sort of wave with respect to height or predictability—as there is on other extreme wave events such as rogue waves. One American oceanographer distinguishes "rogue waves" as occurring on the ocean and sneaker waves as occurring at the shore.

Because they are much larger than preceding waves, sneaker waves can catch unwary swimmers, washing them out to sea. It is not uncommon for people walking or standing on beaches and ocean jetties to also be washed into the sea. Sneaker waves are mainly referred to in warnings and reports of incidents for the coasts of Northern California, Oregon and Washington in the United States. These sneaker waves also occur on the west coast of Canada, they are commonly seen in Tofino and Ucluelet. Sneaker waves are common on the southern coast of Iceland, and warning signs have been erected at Reynisfjara and Kirkufjara beaches, following three unrelated tourist deaths in recent years. King waves occur especially in Western Australia and Tasmania.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneaker_wave





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