‘Spectacular’ moment four waterspouts form off GBR

A DIVE operator aboard a boat on the Great Barrier Reef has captured the amazing moment the crew were treated to an unusual weather event.

Four waterspouts were spotted 65km north-east of Port Douglas on Saturday morning, with the phenomenon lasting about 20 minutes.

For dive operator Kai Steinbeck the sight was unexpected, even after years on the water.

"I've been doing this for 25 years and to see four in a row like that, it's very rare, it was fairly spectacular," he said.

"Sometimes you'll see one, but to see four, well that's really something."

Mr Steinbeck said the sky was split in two by the waterspouts which darkened the clouds.

"It was a beautiful day then within about five minutes it turned darker and you could see sunshine on one side of the boat, and the waterspouts on the other.

"After about half an hour it all blew over again," he said.

News Corp Australia


Wattles to ignite under Burns

premium_icon Wattles to ignite under Burns

Wattles Warriors are determined to build on 2019 season, with three key signings...

How fast Queensland private school fees are rising

premium_icon How fast Queensland private school fees are rising

Parents are forking out a third of their budget on costly fees.

Regional fashion workers among 1200 creditors owed $50m

premium_icon Regional fashion workers among 1200 creditors owed $50m

Jeanswest owes $50m to 1200 creditors, including its staff.