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Screenshot: Cam McCully via Naracoorte Herald Video

Crazy-Looking Clouds Spotted From Australian Beach

This Aussie fisherman woke up to a rare "roll cloud."

Cam McCully of Naracoorte, South Australia, is a regular at the Coorong National Park. In fact, in a report from the Naracoorte Herald, he said he'd made more than 300 trips to go fishing.

He was surf fishing from the beach when he put eyes on a strange cloud coming his way.

"I had my rods in my rod holders, and at 4 a.m. I woke up because it was really windy," he said. "I wasn't sure where it was coming from, and it only lasted for about two minutes, so I went back to sleep. That's when I woke at 6 a.m. on Sunday, and I found that both of my rods had been knocked to the ground. Then at about 6:45 a.m., there was a beautiful sunrise, so I started to take some photos. Then I saw this cloud on the horizon, and it was racing in towards me. The sunlight made it pink after it had been blinding white, it was quite amazing."

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According to the report, officials confirmed it as a type of arcus cloud known as a volutus cloud or a "roll cloud," which happen as a result of cold fronts colliding with warmer air along coastlines.

McCully guessed the cloud was only about 100 feet over his head, and said it was so long that he couldn't see the ends of it.

Roll clouds aren't seen often in northern Australia, so McCully was definitely at the right place at the right time.

"I've never seen anything like it in my life," he said. "I spoke with Adam Steward, who used to run the Salt Creek Roadhouse, and he's lived up there all his life. He said that he had never seen anything like that either."