What is a rogue wave?

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Sailors have always told stories about rogue waves. They have been occasionally battered by enormous walls of water and barely survived to tell the story.

A rogue wave, also known as a freak wave, is often classified as a wave that is two-to-three times taller than the tallest average waves.

So, technically, it can be a 15-foot (4.5 meters) wave rolling alongside other small waves, or a 50-foot (15.2 meters) mountain of water traveling in rough seas.

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