People who work on naval ships, and spend months at sea witness moments of immense beauty and terror.
There are few feelings that rival the awe and vulnerability of being out in the middle of the ocean, privy to the whims of nature and whoever else recently tread the water. While most days fishing or running a ship are relatively mundane, the brief yet memorable scary moments are hard to shake.
I've been on large container ships up and down the coast here. Whenever you're in the middle of a storm it's quite exciting. Its hard to describe the sea in the middle of a storm. The swells get huge and rough. When lightning hits the sea you see it light up a huge area and start to froth.
The scariest though is being on the bridge in a trough between two swells and seeing the water rising up on either side of you like a wall.