Terrifying moment huge waves crash over oil tanker in North Atlantic ‘Perfect Storm’ moment
- The images, taken in April this year, show the ship fighting against huge waves
- Storms are not uncommon in the North Atlantic, which has historically been the site of record-breaking waves, reaching over 60 feet in height
This is the terrifying moment when huge waves crash over an oil tanker as it battles a ferocious storm in the middle of the Atlantic sea.
The footage, captured last month by a sailor aboard the ship, shows it rolling up and down as it tries to advance through an attack on high and very intense waves and gusts of wind.
At one point, the sailor is completely blinded by water when waves crash on the deck of the oil tanker and cover the windows.
The North Atlantic is known for its brutal weather conditions that can create dangerous conditions for ships crossing its waters.
Meteorologists attribute this to intense regions of low pressure that form over the basin.
These areas can feed winds that can shake the water and create huge waves and stormy conditions.
This has resulted in record-breaking waves, such as in February 2013 when a buoy between Iceland and the United Kingdom recorded a wave height of 62 feet according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Footage shows the large waves crashing into the ship as it crosses the water
At one point in the images, the screen is completely covered with spray from the waves
The North Atlantic Ocean is a dangerous body of water for ships to cross due to high waves
The water also holds the world record for the highest wave recorded by a ship at a massive 18 meters in 2000.
Around this time of year, the North Atlantic is increasingly monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) as it can be a hotbed for developing hurricanes and tropical storms.
The hurricane season officially starts in June.