If you see square waves forming in the ocean, get out of the water immediately

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    Nature is so stunning. Its ability to transform is so incredible that it never fails to amaze us.

    The peculiar phenomenon known as cross seas or waves that form watery grids is one of nature’s wonders that captivates us. When two sets of wave systems mix at angles greater than 45 degrees, or when waves are pushed in one direction by the wind and in another by a swell, these grids are formed. Nevertheless, despite their apparent beauty, these grids can pose a serious risk to ships and swimmers.

    Beneath the spectacular picture lie currents that have the potential to destroy ships and endanger persons swimming in the ocean, since the water exhibiting these chessboard-like patterns is very treacherous. Scientists assume that a large number of shipwrecks and boat mishaps occur over the ocean.

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    The European Space Agency stated in 2010 that “the conditions are quite common in the ocean and occur when a windsea and a swell, or two swell systems, coexist.” It cited research from 2004 that showed “many ship accidents occurred in crossing sea states.” On the Isle Rhe, on France’s western coast, this phenomenon is highly frequent. Tourists can see the water grids, though, from a lighthouse on the western side of the island, since it is quite dangerous to go into the sea when it happens.

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    To learn more of this nature’s incredible phenomenon go to the video below.

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