Incredible phenomenon in the sea of Quintana Roo

A waterspout surprised the tourists and inhabitants of Cancun, Quintana Roo. This phenomenon of nature could be captured several kilometers from the sea.

A waterspout could be seen kilometers away on the beach of Cancun. Photo: Courtesy of Especial
A waterspout could be seen kilometers away on the beach of Cancun. Photo: Courtesy of Especial

The waterspout was captured from the beach by a user of social networks and its video has gone viral.

This is a spectacular phenomenon caused by atmospheric conditions. They are also known as marine manga and have the appearance of a large cloud mass funnel-shaped, which descends to the surface of the sea, rotating at high speeds, and causes some water and foam to rise.

They are exclusively aquatic and their development is short-lived. Its diameter can range from 15 to 30 meters, although there are records of up to 75 meters. Their average duration is from 8 to 12 minutes and they rarely reach half an hour or more.

According to a study by the University of Quintana Roo, its speed of travel is 5 to 20 km / h, and are of less intensity than tornadoes.

The maximum speed of the wind in rotation does not usually exceed 130 km / h compared to tornadoes that can exceed 400 km / h.

Regularly the waterspouts are not dangerous for the boats and are usually scarce in comparison with other meteorological phenomena.