Not long ago a question turned up on the Maritime Accident Investigation Group on Linkedin asking if anyone has heard of incidents/claims involving water spouts in deep sea areas. I’m familiar with the Whippoorwill on Lake Pomona and the Alligator in Charleston harbour but haven’t come across any involving deep sea. Now fellow maritime blog gCaptain has noted some extraordinary photographs taken recently in waters off Novorossiysk on the English Russia site.
There is also video if this extraordinary phenomenon.
But, you may ask, what happens if a spout encounters a ship? well, here’s another Youtube video of a spout in an anchorage in Singapore:
Here’s a closer view.