A massive iceberg traveling south is photobombing a small Canadian fishing village
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 9:17
It's not uncommon for Ferryland to witness icebergs floating by as the town has a ideal view of the so-called "iceberg alley".
This enormous iceberg, one of the first of the season to float into 'iceberg alley, ' has turned the small town of Ferryland into a sudden tourist spot.
Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian Press it could stick around for a while.
The iceberg towers over the picturesque town, which is about an hour south of St. John's on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said it's rare to have an iceberg this large so close to the shore.
Kavanagh said the number of visitors took him by surprise, adding that the "onslaught" showed that people are interested "in that kind of stuff".
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"It's the biggest one I ever seen around here". But a massive iceberg sitting just offshore has lately been drawing crowds to the community, even as it slowly drifts away.
Gabrielle McGrath, a U.S. coast guard commander, said that a series of storms had caused more icebergs to break off than usual. Local Don Costello told CBC News the iceberg probably won't be moving unless winds keep blowing because it's stuck on shallow ground.
The International Ice Patrol said 648 icebergs have been seen in the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes as of this week.
Strong anti-clockwise winds and the effects of global warming are being blamed for the high numbers, as chunks of the Greenland ice sheet have been breaking off at a quicker rate. Still, it's nowhere near the biggest classification of icebergs tracked by the Canadian Ice Service.
For better or for worse, the large iceberg that popped up near Newfoundland over the weekend could be there to stay.