Here at Goliath we recently explored mind-bending facts about outer space, but it is not just space which is vast, wild, fascinating and unexplored. On Earth we have the ocean, which takes up a gigantic percentage of our planet, but it is still relatively unexplored, leaving all kinds of intriguing mysteries below. The deep sea in particular is a strange place, and here there are bizarre creatures which do not look like they come from this world at all. Man has always had a fascination with the ocean, and these eight facts are sure to add to its mystique.
8. Rogue Waves Really Exist
Rogue waves are often dismissed as a myth, but they do in fact exist and are a threat to large ships and ocean liners. A rogue wave can be described as a wave which has a height that is more than twice that of prevailing conditions, and they seem to appear without warning out in the middle of the ocean. There is some mystery surrounding them as they do not seem to have a single distinct cause, but high winds and strong currents are a contributing factor. The largest scientifically measured rogue wave was recorded back in February 2000 by the RRS Discovery, with waves measuring up to an astonishing 29.1 meters (95ft). It is believed that these rogue waves have been responsible for the loss of a few low flying aircrafts, including U.S. Coast Guard helicopters that were on Search and Rescue missions.