The freak wave myth

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Research has shown that rogue waves are very rare events (image: Scott Thomas).

THE NSE RecFisher newsletter reports that Peter Kamstra from the University of Melbourne has published some interesting research into freak waves and rock fishing.

"Our study, published in Ocean and Coastal Management that built on earlier research in The Geographical Journal and The Professional Geographer, found that although "freak or rogue waves" are often blamed for numerous rock fishing deaths by the public and the media - these are actually rare events," says Peter.

"In fact, our findings highlight an important mismatch between how the dangers of drowning while rock fishing are understood by scientists, government messaging and the media when that's compared to how it's experienced by the rock fishers themselves."

Yu can read the fulll report HERE.

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