Many thanks to readers who have sent us a variety of pictures of the waterspout seen off the Susex coast between Bognor Regis and Selsey on Sunday afternoon.
This gallery is made up of pictures of the unusual weather phenomenon sent in by readers including: Jan McHardy, Claire Illiano, Gary Hawkins, Matt Dunn, Margaret Holland, Robert Warham, Phil Baldwin, Max Gilligan, Sarah Fletcher-Hill and David Gammon.
Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “We get quite a few waterspouts in a year.
“They are defined as a tunnel-shaped cloud which touches down over the sea, whereas a tornado is one which touches down on land.
“There is no regularity in tornadoes but we would reckon to get about 30 sightings a year.”