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Long dark waterspout spotted over sea at Akumal

Akumal, Q.R. — An unusual long, dark waterspout was caught on camera by a man in Akumal Monday. The long funnel was seen over the sea and disappeared nearly as quickly as it came.

The snapshot was taken by Paul Sánchez Navarro, who captured the rare image. While common in regions such as the Florida Keys where they see a reported 200 a year, waterspouts are not as common in the Cancun, Riviera Maya region.

Sánchez Navarro took the photo of the funnel at around 4:00 p.m. The sighting caused several sunbathers to also snap their phone cameras.

The waterspout is a funnel cloud of condensed water droplets that extends from the base of a cloud, but does not reach the ground, or in this case, the surface of the water. Waterspouts are the most common type of funnels and occur most often in tropical and sub-tropical coastal waters. They develop and dissipate quickly, normally having a life cycle of less than 20 minutes.