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14 of the scariest stories from sea

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Monster storms, giant waves, and even heavy fog can make for hair-raising experiences out on a boat. Animals, from sea creatures to birds, can also create some bizarre boating adventures. The vast expanse of the sea itself can be harrowing in its own right. Not every trip on a boat turns out to be a pleasure cruise. In fact, if something can go wrong while you're on a boat, then it probably will go wrong. Anyway, as these many Reddit threads prove, boaters can have some eerie, awe-inspiring, and downright terrifying experiences out on the water. Of course, this is just for fun, as INSIDER cannot independently authenticate these stories."The swells get huge and rough.""I've been on large container ships up and down the coast here. Whenever you're in the middle of a storm, it's quite exciting. It's hard to describe the sea in the middle of a storm. The swells get huge and rough. When lightning hits the sea you see it light up a huge area and start to froth."The scariest though is being on the bridge in a trough between two swells and seeing the water rising up on either side of you like a wall."Reddit user Pagan-za"I have been hit by a rogue wave once.""I have been hit by a rogue wave once. Of some twenty people on deck, one person made it out without shedding blood or broken bones."I was on late racks (where you sleep in because you were on watch from 0000-0400) and was thrown out of my rack and banged up my side really well on the air conditioning unit on my way down."Reddit user Coastie071"I was caught in an electrical storm while fishing.""I was caught in an electrical storm while fishing. This was in Lake Ontario, running eight-foot graphite rods on downriggers. I was standing on the deck watching the rods, and I noticed blue sparks start jumping from rod to rod. A split second later, lightning struck directly behind the boat. That was probably the loudest natural sound I will ever hear in my life."Reddit user DogebaseSee the rest of the story at Business Insider
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