Yesterday, taken from the West Sands (Chariots of Fire) at St Andrews looking straight out to sea. Cropped version with minor editing. I have absolutely no idea. Looks like alien shenanigans to me.
Only time I've seen things like that they turned out to be fin whales breaking the surface to breathe. they hung around our little boat for a bit and then went back under. Was amazing!
Edit: Or aliens. Obviously.
I'd go with waterspout, although admittedly slightly odd looking ones.
What time was it taken? There were some quite favorable conditions for tornado formation offshore Fife around midday and during the afternoon, with a few beefy showers on the rain radar.
good spot. I saw that thing from the shore a couple of years back, it totally confused my sense of scale and distance. I had to go home and look it up, and yes it's efin huge.
(can see past track on the live-map)
> There were some quite favorable conditions for tornado formation offshore Fife around midday and during the afternoon, with a few beefy showers on the rain radar.
There was a tornado in Fife a few years back that caused several million pounds of improvements.
From that site:
"Pipelay Crane Vessel SAIPEM 7000 is currently located at UKC - North Sea at position 56° 34' 26.9" N, 001° 37' 04.3" W as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-11-21 22:58 UTC (5 minutes ago)"
Located at UKC !
There doesn't seem to be any obvious solid object in the shot but how about two Typhoons from Lossiemouth (or Coningsby, though less likely) pulling up from a very low level flight?
They're offshore cranes, been out there for days if not weeks, I see them from my bedroom window!
The cold air above just the sea is denser, so refracts the light more and the wind will be influencing the air density also, similar to a seeing-cell effect
You can see the platforms and support ships on marine traffic: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:198668/zoom:10
They're building on offshore windfarm
The objects in the photo are almost certainly the cranes on the Balder platform: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:415094/zoom:11
> From that site:
> "Pipelay Crane Vessel SAIPEM 7000 is currently located at UKC - North Sea at position 56° 34' 26.9" N, 001° 37' 04.3" W as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-11-21 22:58 UTC (5 minutes ago)"
> Located at UKC !
RomTheBear is getting increasingly creative !!
The left one is a crane, the right looks like it could be a three bladed turbine. Both really heavily messed up by the atmosphere. They could be over the horizon, there's an atmospheric effect that creates a sort of light pipe immediately over the surface of water. It's a favourite of flat earthers, you fire a laser (or look through a scope) over still (curved) water and it should appear to rise away from the surface with distance but it actually tends to track it diffracted by the local temperature gradient above the water. I'd guess you're seeing objects through a long and messy version of that experiment.