Nature can be by turns both awe-inspiring and terrifying, and we’re going to place this somewhere in the middle of the two. A monster wave reaching a height of 23.8 metres (78.1 feet) just set a new height record for the southern hemisphere.
The huge wave was recorded by a buoy in the Southern Ocean near Campbell Island, around 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of New Zealand. An intensely ferocious storm helped the waves to get up to record-breaking heights.
The new 23.8-metre watermark is more than a metre and a half over the previous record, 22.03 metres (72.3 feet), set in 2012 off the coast of Tasmania.