Surf’s Up! Monstrous 64-Foot ‘Megawave’ Spotted In The Southern Ocean

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By Mark Prigg | Daily Mail

It is one of the biggest waves ever recorded – and could reveal the secrets of the southern ocean.

Researchers from MetOcean Solutions testing out a newly deployed bouy were stunned to find it recorded a whopping 64 foot wave on Saturday.


It is one of the largest ever found in the area.

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Researchers from MetOcean Solutions testing out a newly deployed bouy were stunned to find it recorded a 64 foot high wave on Saturday.

Researchers from MetOcean Solutions testing out a newly deployed bouy were stunned to find it recorded a 64 foot high wave on Saturday.

 ‘This is one of the largest waves recorded in the Southern Hemisphere,’ Senior Oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant said.

‘This is the world’s southern-most wave buoy moored in the open ocean, and we are excited to put it to the test in large seas.’

The buoy was deployed in a collaboration between the New Zealand Defence Force and MetOcean Solutions.

The team hope it will give valuable observations from this remote part of the ocean and help future ship designs.

Persistent westerly winds and unlimited fetch combine to make Southern Ocean waves among the biggest in the world.

Moored in a water depth of 490 feet, the buoy is located within the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, 11 km south of Campbell Island.

 ‘The buoy is performing extremely well so far,’ said Durrant.

Persistent westerly winds and unlimited fetch combine to make Southern Ocean waves among the biggest in the world. Pctured, stock photo showing a ship crossing Drake's Passage, Southern Ocean

Persistent westerly winds and unlimited fetch combine to make Southern Ocean waves among the biggest in the world. Pctured, stock photo showing a ship crossing Drake’s Passage, Southern Ocean

 ‘Not only is it surviving these large waves, but it is making detailed recordings of extreme sea states in the Southern Ocean, a region rarely observed by in-situ instruments.’

During the depths of winter, Southern Ocean waves are enormous, with significant wave heights averaging over 16 feet, and regularly exceeding 32 feet.

Individual waves can double that size.

Persistent westerly winds and unlimited fetch combine to make Southern Ocean waves among the biggest in the world.

Persistent westerly winds and unlimited fetch combine to make Southern Ocean waves among the biggest in the world.

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