A massive waterspout has emerged off the southwestern coast of Turkey.

The breathtaking sight was reportedly captured from a town called Mugla that borders the Mediterranean Sea.

The waterspout, which is a twisting column of air and water mist, appeared after a rainstorm passed through the area.

Earlier this year a waterspout appeared off the coast of Taranaki, with one local saying it "lasted around a minute or so" before hitting land and disappearing.

MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris described waterspouts as "a weaker version" of a tornado.