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WATCH: Moment giant rare waterspout sweeps across Italian coast

The incredible rotating column was filmed from an island southwest of Sicily.

The footage, taken near to Pantelleria – an island south-west of Sicily, sees the vast tornado pulling seawater into the air.

Waterspouts are rotating columns of air and water that form due to a whirlwind passing over a large body of water, usually the sea.

Though rare they are most common in the tropics, but do occur in Europe, in this case on the Mediterranean, from time to time – as well as other areas such as Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

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