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Large waterspout spotted over Cancun waters

Cancun, Q.R. — A large waterspout that emerged from a cloud over the sea at Cancun caught the attention of many, including geologist Sergio Almazán.

Almazán, who is an engineer from the National Polytechnic Institute, was out walking when he spotted the large funnel. On his social media account, he posted a 42-second video of the unusual spout as it hovered over Cancun waters.

While not unheard of in regions such as the Florida Keys where they see 200 a year, waterspouts in this region are not common, however, several are spotted each year along the Quintana Roo coast.

These waterspouts are funnels of clouds that consist of water droplets that extend from the base of a cloud without reaching the ground, or in this case, the surface of the sea and are the most common type of funnels that occur with a life cycle of less than 20 minutes.