Natural spectacle photographed off the coast of Lynmouth on Friday morning.

KEEN photographer Steve Walters was in the right place at the right time to capture this spectacular metrological phenomenon.

Mr Walters, from Tiverton, photographed a menacing looking ‘twister’ off the coast of Lynmouth early on Friday morning.

A spokesman from the Met Office confirmed the ‘twister’ was in fact a water spout.

He said: “These form when there is unstable air in clouds. Unstable air can start to rotate and this then forms a funnel cloud.

“If the funnel cloud touches the surface of the ocean, it’s a water spout; if it touches land, it’s a tornado.”

It is estimated the UK gets around 30 tornados a year and many more water spout, but tend to pass by without causing much damage.