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article imageDramatic video: Five waterspouts interrupt Florida lobster diving

By Anne Sewell     Sep 27, 2013 in Environment
So there you are, diving for lobster off the coast of Florida when out of the blue, five large waterspouts threaten to sink your boat. All caught on video by a daring dive captain.
The dramatic footage was captured by dive captain Kevin Johnsen, six miles (9.6 kilometers) off the coast of Florida. The video shows the large columnar vortexes dropping down to the sea.
Johnsen was on the grip with a passenger, Aaron Osters and his dog Boede.
At one stage, they actually decided to go into one of the waterspouts, causing torrents of water to hit the camera lens. On the video you can hear a voice say "let's go in."
According to Adam Futterman, spokesman for the US National Weather Service (NWS), they "don't endorse chasing waterspouts".
Futterman said the responsible course of action would have been to call the weather service and report the waterspout.
Reportedly waterspouts of this nature are common in the Gulf waters off the Florida coastline.
While there were no specific reports of water spouts in the area on September 25, the AP checked with the the National Weather Service, who confirmed that a marine warning for high winds was issued a few days earlier.
The NWS also confirmed that the video appeared to show waterspouts.
A waterspout looks similar to a tornado, with a whirling, funnel-shaped cloud suspended beneath a low-lying cloud, dropping to a body of water. Waterspouts are usually weaker than land tornadoes and are caused by unstable weather conditions.
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