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Navigating the Dangers of the Sea

Being at sea can be a wonderful experience, however, it can also take an unexpected turn for the worse. There are many dangerous occurrences in the sea. High winds during storms or volcanoes make big waves in the middle of the ocean that can cause ships to swerve off their courses. Ships may also collide with large icebergs, similar to what occurred on the Titanic in 1912. The Titanic was the newest and most luxurious boat at the time. The iceberg ripped a hole in its exterior, which caused it to sink to the bottom of the ocean. It was known as one of the worst accidents at sea.

Waterspouts are formed when tornadoes land in the sea. They suck up a lot of seawater into a big dark cloud. Boats floating on the sea can be sucked into waterspouts.

Packed ice in the Arctic Ocean and circling Antarctica can trap or sometimes even crush ships. Nowadays, it is easy for icebreakers to break through the packed ice as they are specially made to force their way through.

In August 1883, the volcano called Krakatoa erupted and an enormous tsunami formed. The huge waves were more than 160 feet high, destroyed 300 villages, and drowned 36,000 people. The biggest wave ever recorded was 112 feet high in a storm in 1933.

These sea dangers are really interesting, but dangerous nevertheless. Always be cautious when you are in a boat or on a ship.

[Source: The Children’s Factfinder]

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