S-Waves are periodic undulations in an elastic solid in which particle motion is at right angles to the direction of propagation. These waves cannot travel through gases or liquids.
Raleigh waves are surficial waves no deeper than one wavelength in the material, and are similar to S-Waves and occur on solids.
Ocean waves are presently interpreted as Raleigh Waves. Except that a Tsunami could hardly be described as a Raleigh Wave. And if water is a liquid a problem exists.
S-Waves are propagated via elastic media that is one physical object. So what’s going on with ocean waves.
Gerald Pollack has re-discovered that water exists in four physical phases, solid, liquid, gas and liquid crystal, the latter phase being colloquially described as EZ-Water or Exclusion Zone Water where protons and particulate matter are expelled by water in contact with hydrophilic boundary conditions. EZ water is contrasted from bulk water in that it has an ice-like molecular structure that behaves as an elastic liquid crustal. Bulk water has no crystalline structure and thus cannot propagate S-Waves.
The ocean-atmosphere boundary is one natural example and from pH measurements this zone is approximately 500 metres deep and also experiences diurnal variations in thickness. The world’s oceans are thus effectively coated by a variable thickness surface EZ layer that acts physically as a unitary elastic object that can propagate S-Waves.
Ocean waves are thus not Rayleigh Waves but S-Waves, and also cannot carry a sedimentary load.