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This Whole Area Was A Regular Beach…Until A Wave Engulfed Everything

A “sneaker wave” is not, as you might think, a swell of K-Swiss shoes. It’s actually characterized as a random wave that’s hugely disproportionate to the rest of the wave train. One second, it seems like a calm day at the beach, but before you know it, you’re in a Kelly Slater surf video.

And that’s exactly what happened to Steve Raplee and some other bystanders on a beach in Oregon. He thought he was filming a quiet moment at Coos Bay, but seconds later, he was telling everyone to run for cover.

That escalated quickly! Everyone made it to dry land before the surf could crush them, despite the hilarious lack of urgency in Raplee’s voice. Seriously, this guy is about to get eaten alive by the elements, but he sounds like he’s reading a piece on NPR.

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Watch As A Massive Oil Platform Gets Towed Out To Sea — It’s Overwhelmingly Huge

Taller than the Sears Tower in Chicago by 150 feet and made of 10 times the amount of steel as the Eiffel Tower, the oil platform best known as Bullwinkle is a feat of human engineering. Listed as one of the marvels of the 20th century, it was driven out into the Gulf of Mexico in 1988. And as it went, it was captured on video for all the world to see.

Not only is the structure itself baffling, but look at the size of the boat pulling it in comparison! Crazy.

Even almost 30 years later, this is impressive.

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This Gorgeous Beach Scene Seemed Totally Normal Until They Saw Something Weird

Cabo is a gorgeous getaway that attracts thousands of tourists each year, but one spectator on the shore took in a strange sight back in 2011.

And it certainly wasn’t a picturesque sunset. While filming, a traveler noticed that the water seemed uncharacteristically choppy. After a few seconds, they realized that something bizarre was afoot.

Watch what jumps out of the water a few seconds in.

I didn’t even know that manta rays could do that! As it turns out, they’re way more athletic than they seem. Nature is full of so many wonders, isn’t it?

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If Ocean Critters Freak You Out, Then You Should Probably Avoid This Video

If you’re like me and you panic every time something grazes your foot in the ocean, then you’re not going to like this.

A huge swarm of small crabs was spotted by researchers more than 1,000 feet below the surface off the coast of Panama, stampeding like wildebeests across the ocean floor. At first, the team thought it was some sort of underwater cloud. They quickly figured out, however, that the mass was very much alive.

The crabs have been identified as Pleuroncodes planipes, which are more commonly known as red crabs. Scientists aren’t quite sure why such a crazy amount of these critters clustered together, but they think it might’ve had something to do with the nearby Hannibal Bank Seamount, which, for whatever reason, attracts a wide array of sea life.

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This Is What A 100-Foot Wave Looks Like, And It’s Horrible

You wouldn’t know it by watching the tide roll into any old beach, but our planet is ruled by the ocean. To really appreciate its power, you have to meet the ocean at its most treacherous.

It didn’t take long for the crew of this ship to become acquainted with that ferocity. As a 100-foot wave gathers momentum, all they can do is laugh before it all comes crashing down.

As you might guess, their language in the face of this aquatic monster is definitely NSFW.

Based on their reaction, this sort of thing must happen to them all the time. That being said, this video does its job when it comes to showing us the power of the sea.

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When You’re Paddle Boarding, The Last Thing You Want Is This Unexpected Visitor

Orca whales are very curious creatures. They often, especially the young ones, like to get dangerously close to humans who are in boats or out for a swim. Or as in the video below, they sometimes like to approach paddle boarders.

It’s likely that when they get too close, they just want to say hello, but the experience can still be harrowing — they are called killer whales, after all. Luckily, this paddle boarder had his GoPro running during the encounter so we can relive the terror with him firsthand.

I don’t know about him, but if that had happened to me, I would have been thanking my lucky stars rather than laughing and smiling. Yikes!

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This Surfing Seal Is Riding Into Our Hearts One Wave At A Time.

Well, everybody’s heard about the “Surfin Bird,” but what about the “Surfin’ Seal”? After people see the video of him trying to shred on another surfer’s board, it’s sure to be the word. What the Surfin’ Seal lacks in talent, it more than makes up for in determination and cuteness. Not to mention preparedness–it showed up in its own wetsuit!

While it doesn’t catch any epic waves, that doesn’t make the surfing sesh any less fun to watch. Check it out!

Stoked yet? Try watching the video again with some classic surf rock playing. This song seemed particularly fitting.

I knew something was missing.

Sealabunga, dudes!

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This Shark Broke Into A Cage…With A Diver Still INSIDE

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I’m terrified of the ocean.

Of course, sharks play a big role in that fear. While I understand that they aren’t as bad as people paint them to be, there’s no way I’d ever go swimming anywhere near them. I just can’t risk something like this happening.

During a recent shark cage diving trip in Guadalupe Island in Mexico, things went very, very wrong for diver Ming Chan. As he was watching great white sharks that were swimming just outside of his cage, one of them lunged at the bait tied there and broke in.

While the man who filmed all of this says that the shark was likely just confused and couldn’t swim backwards, that doesn’t make this any less horrifying.

Luckily, Chan is a very experienced dive instructor and reacted quickly by swimming to the outside of the cage’s bottom as this happened.

He is completely unharmed and says that this experience has definitely not scared him away from future diving trips. He is a much braver person than I will ever be.

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