A US Navy aircraft carrier dramatically collided with a huge wave that sent crew members running to the front of the carrier.
The footage, which was captured on camera, shows the carrier in the middle of the sea battling against the large waves.
At first, the vessel appears to be managing the increasing waves and the crew on board can be heard shouting ‘whoa’ as they take in the view.
However, moments later, a rogue wave crashes into the ship, flooding the deck leaving the crew to run for safety as the footage goes blank.
The six-second clip posted by Emmanuel Shirley has since gone viral, and received over 100,000 views, leaving many spectators in shock.
One user wrote: “I’m terrified of large bodies of water and this is horrific!”
Another said: “Sorry I love cruises. Won’t stop me!”
Many who have viewed the video commented that they suspected that this was due to a ‘rogue wave’ – something which has often been debated throughout history as to whether it really exists.
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Rogue waves are considered an ‘open water phenomenon’, in which winds and currents cause a wave to briefly form that is far larger than the “average” large occurring wave of that time and place.
According to reports, rogue waves were first spotted in 1826 by French scientist and naval officer Captain Jules Dumont d’Urville.
d’Urville initially reported seeing waves as high as 108 ft (33 m) in the Indian Ocean along with three colleagues as witnesses. However he was publicly ridiculed by fellow scientist François Arago.
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Since then, there has been a growth in sightings of rogue waves and research over the years.
In 2012, the Australian National University conducted a study where they proved the existence of rogue wave holes. In their research, they wrote: “Rogue waves in the ocean can take two forms. One form is an elevated wall of water that appears and disappears locally. Another form is a deep hole between the two crests on the surface of water. The latter one can be considered as an inverted profile of the former.
“For holes, the depth from crest to trough can reach more than twice the significant wave height. That allows us to consider them as rogue events. The existence of rogue holes follow from theoretical analysis but has never been proven experimentally. Here, we present the results confirming the existence of rogue wave holes on the water surface observed in a water wave tank.
Sea: Ships are able to withstand large bodies of water but still face many risks
The above video was taken from a Navy ship, but cruise ship crashes due to adverse weather conditions are not uncommon. In 2017, a huge ship was captured crashing into a 100ft mega wave during a storm.
The vessel, which was out in the North Sea, encountered a monster storm resulting in a wave of water which engulfed the ship.
The clip, which was uploaded to YouTube in January last year, has gained over 5.5 million views.
Most large ships are able to withstand large bodies of water, however rogue waves pose a threat to all ships.
In 2016, one of the world’s biggest cruise ships Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was caught amidst a dangerous storm which left passengers terrified.
The ship encountered a terrible storm that left some passengers confined to their cabins and some others injured.
During the voyage, four passengers were injured, though none seriously, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. There were 4,529 passengers and 1,616 crew members on board.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean said: “Safety is our highest priority and ships are designed to withstand even more extreme circumstances than Anthem of the Seas encountered. While the weather was unpleasant, the ship remained seaworthy at all times.”