The huge wave was captured moments before it hit the side of a Sydney ferry
The huge wall of water was photographed just before it crashed into the side of the ferry.
Amateur photographer Haig Gilchrist took the astonishing image as the ferry battled through a storm near Sydney Harbour.
Sharing the image on Instagram, Mr Gilchrist captioned the shot “East Coast, Low intensifying” with thousands of people liking the snap.
The huge wall of water was photographed just before it crashed into the side of the ferry
Despite hundreds of people praising the image, many have asked what happened next to the man pictured in the splash zone.
Mr Gilchrist was working as a boat hand on the Manly Ferry over the weekend when horrendous conditions struck.
Another photograph showed the bow of the ferry battling through the waves as it travelled through Sydney Heads.
Another photograph shows the bow of the ferry battling through the waves
Sydney's coastline has been battered by storms and heavy swell
His employer Harbour City Ferries said in a statement: "From brilliant sunsets to storms moving in over the water, his photography provides many beautiful images of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Manly Ferry service.”
Diogoamateus said: “Crazy shot dude, love it!”
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Deb150327 praised Mr Gilchrist, saying: “Phenomenal photo!! Love your work”.
The monster waves come as a developing weather system rolls through Sydney
Mr Gilchrist is thought to take many of his images in crew-only areas on board during rough weather.
The monster waves come as a developing weather system rolls through Sydney with surfers anticipating huge onshore waves.
Ferries could struggle in the stormy conditions but surfers are gearing up for “Big Wednesday” with the swell expected to peak at four metres in some areas.
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Weather forecasters have warned Australia’s east coast will see its longest run of big waves this week since June last year.
Conditions will be “hazardous” and “dangerous” along exposed coats in New South Wales and southeast Queensland until the weekend according to Weather Watch.
A weather system over the Tasman Sea is causing gale force winds from New Zealand to eastern Australia creating huge waves.
Surfers have been warned to expect flash rips in the powerful swell with experienced surfers warned they may be out of their depth.
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