The biggest ‘rogue wave’ ever recorded has been confirmed in the North Pacific Ocean.
The wave occurred in November 2020, just off the coast of British Columbia in Canada. The wave was measured at 17.6 meters (58ft) high, smashing all previous world records.
Rogue waves are any waves that are more than twice the size of those around them, and this monster was almost three times as tall.
Rogue waves are very unpredictable and often come unexpectedly from directions other than prevailing wind and waves.
You may have heard of another type of big wave called a tsunami. However, rogue waves are not the same. They are waves that are generated by wind. Whereas a tsunami is generated most commonly by an earthquake or underwater earthquake.