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Walk to & visit at GEOMAR as wave watching occasion

These very long and regular wave crests were caused by a ship — they are one side of the V of a ship’s wake that’s about to reach the sea wall here.

I love how well defined the wave crests are — on one side you see the reflection of the bollards and the bright sky, on the other side the reflection of the dark sea wall.

Below you can see the waves approaching the sea wall and then their reflection:

And I realized that it’s a very good thing I didn’t own a smartphone when I was still working at GEOMAR, otherwise you’d be completely fed up by these kinds of pictures by now :-)

For the rest of this post: More pictures of more wakes as seen from the roof top terrace, which very nicely show you the V-shape…

I just love how you see the “feathers” that, together, make up the V-shaped wake.

And several wakes on top of each other…

And below you see the turbulent wake in the middle of the V as a lighter line where the surface appears smooth due to turbulence.

 

 

You are watching seals? I am watching waves!

On a recent evening stroll with a friend, the seal basin looked like this:

“Do you think there are any seals in there today?” she asked. “Why yes, of course, don’t you see the waves?” I replied. Because obviously in a basin sheltered by the wind and with no moving parts in it except possibly a seal or three, there is no other mechanism that I could imagine that would create such a wave field. Sometimes I wonder what everybody else is thinking about all the time that I am thinking about waves while they aren’t… Who’s missing out on the cooler thoughts, me or them?

Anyway, we got to do some proper seal watching and wave watching, respectively:

Pretty, isn’t it? the wake of a seal. Pay close attention, I might be testing you on this some time soon ;-)