(DAILYMAIL) — At first glance these beautiful images from the Antarctic appear to show 50-ft tall waves that have been instantly frozen as they break.

Some people have posted the pictures online, taken by scientist Tony Travouillon at Dumont D’Urville, with a description claiming they are a tsunami wave which was frozen.

But although email chains and internet forums back this claim up, what is really pictured is the natural phenomenon of blue ice.

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