Originally Posted by barnakiel
If you were prepared for it, it was not rogue.
Interestingly, I have read a study, based on satellite photography
sources, where they prove that both the size (height) and the 'it came from impreditable direction' legends were put to grave (let's hope). Objectively, the only wave that is out of the range of normal wave physics is the tsunami then.
I do not think this is the case. First, the existence of "Rogue Waves" was just recently established. I believe the first scientific proof was from a north sea platform in 1995:
I think the study you are referring to is the MaxWave project
. Their findings are quite different from what you suggest: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/PubServices/2005pdfs/Rosenthal.pdf
Finally, the Deadliest Catch actually caught a wave on video that was both larger than the ambient wave train significant height and came from a different direction: