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

There are some waves that you really don’t ever want to encounter when you’re swimming in the ocean. Square waves look like a giant chess board over the ocean. It’s pretty awesome but incredibly dangerous.

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TIMESTAMPS:
Where you can see square waves 1:22
How they come to be 2:23
The perfect storm 3:48
Other dangerous bodies of water 5:46
The Boiling Lake 6:00
West End, Grand Bahama Island 7:03
The East and North Coasts of Barbados 7:48
Condado Beach 8:22

Preview photo credit:
Cross swell. Photo taken from Phares des Baleines (Lighthouse of the Whales) on Île de Ré: By Michel Griffon – Own work, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12598928
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Music by Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/

SUMMARY:
– If you look off the western coast of France, you’ll see the Isle of Rhe. The coolest part about it is what you see just beyond the shore: square waves. This strange wave pattern looks like a giant chess board over the ocean.
– When two different swells coming from opposite directions meet, it’s known as a cross sea. This is what generates these square waves you see near the Isle of Rhe.
– Because these two seas have totally different weather conditions, a unique pattern emerges when they collide. They create a riptide that’s stronger than your average wave – way stronger than what you’ve probably experienced at the beach with regular waves.
– There have been a handful of cases where people got caught in the cross sea, 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 sea like this one.
– The Boiling Lake on the Island of Dominica is one body of water you’ll definitely want to stay away from. From high heat to strong gas emissions, there are plenty of reasons to stay out of The Boiling Lake.
– 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.
– 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.
– Condado Beach in Puerto Rico is a desirable destination in the city of San Juan. However, the beach’s mighty waves and powerful current make this a very dangerous place to go swimming.

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