Accounts by mariners of freak or rogue waves out in the ocean have long been a common accident but until almost afresh remained anecdotal. That is, until January 1 1995, when a huge wave was empiric – and recorded – at the Draupner Oil belvedere in the North Sea.

It was one of the first reliable abstracts of a freak wave in the ocean and at a height of 25.6 meters, it was over two times the height of the waves that amidst it.

Appearing acutely from nowhere, this seminal ascertainment accomplished many years of analysis into the accessible causes of freak ocean waves. Various theories exist, conceivably the most simple of which is that ocean waves are random and while freak waves are rare, they are absolutely predictable. Other theories have appropriate that under assertive altitude waves can become unstable, causing small waves to grow into much larger freak waves.

We absitively to see if we could charm this wave in the laboratory, to accept more about how freak waves happen in the first place. Clearly it is not accessible to charm waves that are 25 meters high and several hundred meters wide in a laboratory. So we bargain the scale by advancement the same ratios of amicableness to water depth and wave height. Although our wave was 35 times abate than the actual Draupner wave, the same concrete processes dictated the behavior of the waves we produced.

The height of ocean waves is bound when waves break. When we tried to charm the wave abstinent at the Draupner belvedere by creating ones that travelled in the same direction, they broke about two meters before extensive the scaled height of the wave we wanted.