According to Sky News Australia, the debris, thought to be floating 2,500km off the coast of Perth, is located within a body of water which isn’t known for its still seas.

Waves of 5m are the norm, and during storms, they can swell to 10m.

The University of Western Australia’s Chari Pattiaratchi has warned that the weather could prevent searchers from being able to scan the area properly.

“Because of the strong winds, the waves are always breaking, so it’s white-capping all the time, so to distinguish between whether it’s part of the debris or a wave breaking … it is quite a challenging system,” he said.

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