Frozen tsunami wave in Antarctica?

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A series of images has been floating around in an email forward about a supposed tsunami wave that froze in midair as it came up and over other Antarctic ice.


One person suggests it is "blue ice." In any event, it is highly unlikely that it is a tsunami wave.

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Posted on December 1, 2007
Filed Under Irresistible Spam & Bacn, Sea and Oceans | 22 Comments


22 Responses to “Frozen tsunami wave in Antarctica?”

  1. Kevin on September 14th, 2008 3:21 pm

    this is a very scary reality the tempuratures had to have been catastrofically cold but the fact is that these tempuratures may not be fiction. As also in the case of the mammoth frozen in midwalk, how can this happen?

  2. ross connolly on September 27th, 2008 6:19 am

    this wave-like formation may infact be caused by earthquakes that have raised the ice above the ground and creating what is seen in this image.

    the blue colour of the ice can be attributed to the same reason that water appears blue; it is a result of an overtone of an OH molecular stretch in the water, which absorbs light at the red end of the visible spectrum.

  3. Delia on April 21st, 2009 2:19 pm

    what are the chances in life you get to see that once it melts the polar bears will have water but that is so amazing though thats cool…………
    from;Delia Trask 16 San Antonio Texas

  4. kira on July 1st, 2009 6:11 am

    Awsome mannnn!
    ell of a wave!
    orite maytee.

  5. Shalvi on August 25th, 2009 2:40 am

    it’s a horrible disaster on Antarctica. i wish it should not happen ever after.

  6. Shionna on September 21st, 2009 1:44 am

    I think it is a tsunami. The fact remains that in antartica it is so incredibly cold that waves get frozen there all the time, and tsunamis move slower than normal waves because of their weight.

  7. sally on September 28th, 2009 11:38 am

    Did they sell cheese burgers in the Artic because i love a good cheese burger

  8. ASHU on October 12th, 2009 8:30 am

    It’s awesome, but at the same time it’s very dangerous… Thank god!!! PEOPLE OF THAT REGION ARE SAVED…

  9. ASHU on October 12th, 2009 8:32 am

    It’s awesome, but at the same time it’s very dangerous… THAN GOD!!! PEOPLE OF THAT REGION ARE SAVED…

  10. idoit on November 19th, 2009 1:18 pm

    that is awesome but thats not a tsunami wave. its just a same wave that is bigger than all the others… i gease but oh well. its still cool

  11. superbman on January 22nd, 2010 12:46 am


  12. emily waltisbuhl on March 7th, 2010 11:35 pm

    that is a very big wave it looks like a master piece. but on the other hand it loks fake to my friend troy. he says it’s a made up story. and i think i could probably surf it

  13. girl with a sad life on March 15th, 2010 2:19 pm

    that is the most awesome pic ever <3 it it is now ma screensaver OMG LOVE IT SO MUCH im trying 2 get it on ma phone how cool is that??

  14. lol........... on April 7th, 2010 10:17 am

    oh my gosh, i dont know if i should believe that its real because it seems so non-realistic and stuff, but holy crap!! thats amazing! i would <3 to see it freeze right in front of my eyes though if it was real!!!

  15. kelly on May 9th, 2010 4:14 pm

    I beleive that if a bucket of water is poured in frigid temperatures, it can freeze in mid-air. If that is the case with this wave, it could possibly have happened, though that would be an excessively RARE phenomenon. All you would need to do to know if that is probably real is examine the weather data in the recent days before the freezing occured.

  16. kelly on May 9th, 2010 4:16 pm

    December is Antarctica’s Summer. There is less than 1% of a chance that the wave would freeze that season of the year.

  17. ben on March 12th, 2011 12:08 am

    This is not a tsunami. If you Want just drive to lake Superior in Michigan. This happens when the ice piles up under the surface. Just google ice wave in mich. Not the first time and wont be the last. Just the power of water moving slow not fast.

  18. chloe on May 3rd, 2012 9:38 pm

    wow i think its true

  19. Esther on June 1st, 2012 11:57 am

    THATS SO COOL!!!!!!!!! especially the little guy standing there. haha

  20. Atis on November 27th, 2012 6:53 pm

    It’s just exothermic reaction of water, caused by earthquake. It doesn’t need extra low temperatures. Air actually gets warmer for some degrees.

  21. Ellie Shearer on February 19th, 2013 3:01 pm

    That Looks Awesome, Not exactly tsunami wave. Tsunami waves would be much higher, since it increases in height in shallow waters. That Could be any edited photograph for all we know. But, since there could be different weather fronts within these tectonic plates I say a huge- POSSIBLE!

  22. Brandon on November 29th, 2013 12:11 am

    I know these comments are mostly pretty old but for anyone else who visits this page here is the actual story. Essentially they are icebergs trapped in glaciers. As I understand it this happens when glaciers grow in the winter seasons and recapture local icebergs. Throughout the season as the glacier shifts and compresses the icebergs can sometimes be uplifted so that their bottoms show. What you’re seeing in the image is actually part of the 90% of the iceberg that is normally underwater.

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