Have I done enough to improve this question to get it reopened?

Coda: If the first comment by WetSavannaAnimal aka Rod Vance had been posted as an answer, I would have accepted it and we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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    $\begingroup$ But what is your question? If rouge waves are possible or if rouge waves could be identified as a Lonch Ness monster? $\endgroup$ – jinawee Dec 24 '13 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ @jinawee, I am suggesting that rogue waves occur sporatically and create the illusions of monsters. We know the waves occur and the suspicion is that when a rogue wave encounters a steep side somewhere away from shore it will disappear without reaching shore (like the normal more shallow waves we are used to seeing). $\endgroup$ – Fred Kline Dec 24 '13 at 12:50
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    $\begingroup$ But what is the precise physics question? If it's just Could this shadow-like area explain the sightings? It's not about physics, it's about physchology. $\endgroup$ – jinawee Dec 24 '13 at 12:59
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    $\begingroup$ I like the idea of rouge waves - sounds pretty $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Dec 24 '13 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ @FredKline: Your comment here is exactly the reason why your question should be posted on skeptics.SE. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Dec 26 '13 at 3:00
  • $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos, If we rephrase the scenario I edited into the OP to read: A physicist is ... and sees the posted image ..., she would say, "Wow, a rogue wave. You don't see that very often." It would be up to the psychologists to explain how people would see it as a monster. Anyway, I've passed this idea along to Myth Busters. Maybe, they will see some merit in it. $\endgroup$ – Fred Kline Dec 26 '13 at 12:54
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    $\begingroup$ @FredKline: The whole point of this site is to answer questions about physics and your edited question still shows no physics question. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Dec 26 '13 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ I don't see how this is a physics question (which is the sole purpose of this site) $\endgroup$ – user29350 Dec 27 '13 at 18:50

If you had a question about fluid dynamics and wave formation then that's physics. Why waves might look like mythical creatures is not.


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