If You See Square Waves, Get Out of the Water!


if you swim in square waves your life is

in danger

between sharks alien-looking deep-sea

creatures and the fact that we've only

explored about 5% of it there's plenty

to be scared about when it comes to the

ocean and now here's a new fear to add

to the list square waves if you don't

get out of the water as soon as you see

these things your life could be at stake

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on the bright side you're probably no

stranger to waves in the ocean little

waves are fun to jump over on the shore

and the bigger ones can be a blast to

surf on but there are some waves that

you really don't ever want to encounter

when you're swimming in the ocean square

waves while they look pretty awesome are

incredibly dangerous so what are these

things anyway and where do they appear

if you look off the western coast of

France you'll see the Isle of Reid this

island is a mere 19 miles long and three

miles wide thanks to its beautiful blue

waters clean sandy beaches and stunning

lighthouses this place is a very popular

vacation spot but perhaps the coolest

part about the island of reef is what

you see just beyond the shore square

waves this strange wave pattern looks

like a giant chessboard over the ocean

many visitors to the island become

captivated by these waves and go too

high up places like nearby lighthouses

to take pictures of this natural

phenomenon they say that when looking

down at these square patterns in the

water it's almost as if there's some

sort of metal grid underneath it and

while these wave patterns are truly

fascinating the people who choose to

enjoy them from afar are doing it right

they know to stay out of the water to

understand how these square waves came

to be it's important to know how waves

occur in the first place

generally waves can travel many miles

over the surface of the water depending

on local winds and weather and even on

days when the weather seems somewhat

calm storms located elsewhere can

sending crashing waves that affect the

surrounding calm waters when waves

travel onto the shores of distant lands

they're called swells this is different

from a wave that occurs from local wind

when two different swells coming from

opposite directions meet it's known as a

cross C this is what generates these

square waves you see near the Isle of

REE this French island is actually

located in a spot where two seas come

together as the two seas with different

swells knock into each other they start

to blend together but they don't blend

the way to bodies of water normally

mixed together say like a waterfall

spilling into a lake because these two

seas have totally different weather

conditions a unique pattern emerges when

they collide they create a Riptide

that's stronger than the average wave

way stronger than what you've probably

experienced at the beach with regular

waves if you were to get stuck in these

crisscross waves chances are you

wouldn't be able to get out while these

waves are one of the reasons why people

flock to this island they can still

expect to enjoy calm relaxing waters

most of the time the cross sea only

occurs during certain times of the year

in specific weather plus it's common

knowledge around Reed to steer clear of

the ocean when these square waves appear

so it's not often that you hear about

anyone getting caught in them because

most people know better and since a lot

of the people on the island are tourists

there are plenty of signs around warning

them to get out of the water during this

time however not everyone gets the memo

there have been a handful of cases where

people got caught in the cross

but thankfully and luckily they managed

to get out safely these square waves

have become somewhat famous over time

given that there's really no other place

in the world that boasts a cross see

like this one in fact no one has ever

spotted square waves anywhere but the

island of Reid however there are swells

that can be found throughout the oceans

of the world and a cross seat can take

place but if the angle they approach

each other at is more shallow the wave

may actually look like it's coming from

the same direction even when it's not

not to mention swells can slowly lose a

momentum as they drift further and

further away so their crest or the top

of the wave appears more round and less

jagged the island of re specific wind

and weather patterns are literally the

perfect storm and create a cross sea

that people can clearly recognize if

you're thinking about planning a trip to

the beautiful island of re just be sure

to check the weather forecast ahead of

time to make sure you'll be able to swim

in the water without risking your life

bon voyage

while the island of Rees the only place

in the world where you can witness such

a clear cross see here are some other

dangerous bodies of water that will have

you saying no thanks to a quick dip one

the boiling Lake the boiling lake on the

island of Dominica is one body of water

you'll definitely want to stay away from

can you guess why well the name of the

lake does kinda give it away

although this boiling Lake may look like

a giant relaxing jacuzzi it's anything

but the lake sits on the mourn Wahpeton

snell Park which is a Dominica World

Heritage Site it's actually a flooded

sinkhole type basin otherwise known as a


you'll typically find fumaroles near

volcanoes that let out steam and gas

from their molten lava deep down below

the Earth's crust

throughout history this Lake has gone

through phases of cooling drying and

boiling and it's still quite

unpredictable today while some people do

swim in this lake it's very risky from

high heat to strong gas emissions there

are plenty of reasons to stay out of

boiling lake to West End Grand Bahama

Island a nice relaxing day in the

Bahamas can quickly be ruined by

surrounding people yelling the words run

shark if you agree then you'll probably

want to steer clear of the town of West

End on Grand Bahama Island this deadly

beach is known for being one of the most

shark-infested beaches in the world

however if you are brave enough tourists

are invited to actually interact with

these sharks of course you'll be behind

the bars of a giant cage being

maneuvered and supervised by

professionals not exactly relaxing but

still kind of cool 3 the east and north

coasts of Barbados don't let this

beaches gorgeous sunsets fool you this

place is dangerous while the south and

west coasts of Barbados are ideal for

swimming and snorkeling the east and

north beaches have incredibly strong

tides that can be quite treacherous

these powerful waves are great to admire

from afar but people on the beach should

be careful not to go too far into the

water for condado beach condado beach in

Puerto Rico is a desirable destination

in the city of San Juan

however the beaches mighty waves and

powerful currents make this a very

dangerous place to go swimming its

undertow is strong so surfers should be

incredibly cautious in these waters

while many people still go in the water

here especially tourists it's important

to swim responsibly and to come ashore

if you see the waters are getting rough

your safety should always be priority

number one have you ever seen a cross

see or other dangerous waves before let

everybody know down in the comments

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