The sea is one of the unsafe places you can find yourself in the entire world. Some people avoid entering the sea, because of fearing it. However, hundreds of millions adore swimming in it, surfing, interacting in water sports, fishing and sailing.
When you take part in any of these activities, it’s important to remain aware of where you should and shouldn’t go. While the entire ocean should be respected and entered at your own risk, there are a few oceans that require more preventative measures and added caution, to ensure optimal safety.
3 Dangerous seas that should be avoided
- Cook Strait – New Zealand
Situated between the northern and southern islands of New Zealand, this sea also connects to the Tasman Sea. It is classified as one of the most dangerous seas, due to its unpredictable waters and excessively strong winds, which are famously known as the Roaring Forties. If you think a little bit of wind never hurt anyone, you’ve seen wind produce large waves that turn the tide elevation out of strait. It commonly results in boats being pelted by a high level of water on one side, while their other side is planted on low water. It can also happen at any time, which makes it even more dangerous.
- Bay of Biscay – The gulf between France and Spain
Introducing the Atlantic’s fiercest weather, the unique position of the gulf situated between the border of Spain and France, also has some of the most powerful winds, along with shallow sea beds, that produces uncontrollable heavy wave motions. With worsened conditions in winter, with heavy windstorms and hurricanes, vessels and boats are urged not to travel through the Bay of Biscay whatsoever during this season.
- Drake Passage – South America
Known as a famous stormy sea or the “Sea of Hoces”, Drake passage is 800km wide and is the shortest crossing from the world, to Antarctica. There are no large landmasses anywhere and a current that carries an abundance of water through the passage. This danger, with high speeds of wind, causes rough water, storms and the formation of icebergs, which could be life-threatening to vessels.