Where the world’s biggest waves are as high as London’s BT Tower – but you won’t see them coming

SOME of the world’s spookiest waves may be as high as the BT Tower in London – but you won’t be able to see them.

Kim Martini, a physical oceanographer working at the University of Alaska, explained that these are called internal waves.

Internal waves can be as high as 500 feet but are only spotted by images from space (pictured here in the Indian Ocean).

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Internal waves can be as high as 500 feet but are only spotted by images from space (pictured here in the Indian Ocean).Photo credit: Getty
Here the waves were spotted by NASA off the coast of Borneo

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Here the waves were spotted by NASA off the coast of BorneoPhoto credit: Getty

This is because they are actually below the surface, not above, and are caused by the meeting of different water densities.

She explained to Deep Sea News: “These are the biggest waves in the ocean and they cannot be seen from shore. They exist in the ocean.”

She also explained how dangerous they can be too.

She continued: “While they travel, they can move water up and down below the surface over 200 meters.

“Internal waves and the large vertical displacements they cause have even been blamed for sinking nuclear submarines.”

It has been suggested that internal waves may have led to the sinking of the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 last year, killing all 53 on board.

Rear Admiral Muhammad Ali, a former commander of the submarine, told ABC that a huge internal surge was reported around the same time it sank.

He added that it would have been “a strong current capable of dragging the sub vertically so it would sink faster than it should”.

Although we cannot see them on land, they can be seen from space as the small crests become visible online from the Sun’s reflection on them.

They can also travel very far, with some internal waves being found from Hawaii to Alaska.

The largest inland waves are found in the Luzon Strait in the South China Sea between Taiwan and the Philippines.

Some have been recorded to a height of 550 feet – about the height of the BT Tower in London.

And internal waves aren’t the only scary things in the ocean — if you see “square waves,” get out as soon as possible.

Also known as cross seas, they look pretty but are actually extremely dangerous – and have even caused shipwrecks.

Square waves are formed by waves traveling in opposite directions, which happens when two separate weather systems collide.

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They have even caused a number of shipwrecks over the years due to the battling waves, according to the European Space Agency.

And waves around the world are getting stronger thanks to climate change, a report warns.

Internal waves cannot be seen above the water but can cause problems for underwater submarines

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Internal waves cannot be seen above the water but can cause problems for underwater submarinesCredit: Alamy

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