A video shows water flowing upwards after waves were caught in a rare sea vortex.
Samy Jacobsen, 41, was walking along the cliffs off Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands when he saw a whirlwind of water rising from the waves.
Watch it for yourself below!
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He filmed the moment which shows the vortex of spray climbed up the side of the 470m sea cliff known as Beinisvørð. The video shows the powerful spray into the distance before slowing down and dwindling out.
Weather experts stated it was a water spout – a spiraling pillar of air. When a cliff edge spins the wind in a circle, it then forms like a tornado over the water.
Samy said: “From home I could see that the scene was definitely set for great pictures since the sky and the sea were almost colliding in the storm.
“I saw something being blown up into the air from that area before but I have never investigated it though.
“In the vicinity, there are many small rivers that defy gravity in stormy conditions and an awful lot of seawater is blown up and travels pretty far upland.
“So it is not always easy to tell what it is.
Greg Dewhurst senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office described the phenomenon as “spectacular”.
He said: “To us here in the operations center it looks like a water spout (a spiraling pillar of air), which is a little like a tornado but it forms over the water.
“The cliff edge is helping to spin the wind around and we think this is why it forms quite quickly.
“The weather over the area is unsettled with heavy showers and these ingredients together help form the water spouts.
“Water spouts are not too uncommon during unsettled weather but make spectacular videos and photos.”
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