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Offshore conditions form perfect waterspout

Antonio Parancin took this photo of a waterspout over the ocean off East Ballina.
Antonio Parancin took this photo of a waterspout over the ocean off East Ballina. Antonio Parancin

INSTINCT and knowledge combined perfectly for Antonio Parancin on Tuesday when he captured this dramatic photo of a waterspout off the coast of Ballina.

The North Coast Storm Chasers founder said he headed out from his mother's Ballina home, just after 1.30pm, in the hope of capturing some spectacular storm photos.

"I did know there was the potential for waterspouts and off shore thunderstorms yesterday because of the conditions that were present," he said.

"I thought I'm going to go to the East Ballina lookout because there were a couple of beefy showers off shore and, what do you know, there was a waterspout."

For about 11 minutes until 1.54pm, Mr Parancin sat his camera on a flat surface so it wouldn't shake and zoomed in as far as he could to take the photos of the waterspout about 20km off shore.

People at the lookout told Mr Parancin there was also an earlier waterspout off Ballina.



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