A waterspout is a kind of whirlwind that often forms over a large body of water during a thunderstorm. At the heart of the waterspout is a tunnel of low-pressure, which results in a vortex capable of sucking up not only water but also lightweight creatures near the surface. And because the waterspout is crossing water not land the animals collected tend to be fish and amphibious animals – not to mention other non-organic objects. The waterspout can carry these items over large distances until it reaches land. At this point the wind loses energy and releases the contents of the waterspout over the land – occasionally as a dramatic bombardment of fish or frogs.