Tuesday afternoon a waterspout was seen for about 10 minutes over Great Bay, between Atlantic County's Brigantine and Ocean County's Long Beach Island.
The National Weather Service received accounts from three people on the ground and two aircraft, while various news reports showed a variety of photographs and a YouTube video.
The waterspout, basically a tornado over water, formed at 4:37 p.m. during a severe thunderstorm.
"There's really no damage to use to rate it, but it was probably on the weak side," said weather service meteorologist Patrick O'Hara.
With such "small-scale phenomonena ... it's very difficult to pick them up with the radar," he said.