A Gigantic Iceberg Has Turned Up Off The Coast Of Canada

A massive iceberg has parked off the coast of a Canadian town and tourism officials are pretty excited about it.

A resident views the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley", near Ferryland Newfoundland, Canada April 16, 2017.

CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said it's rare to have an iceberg this large so close to the shore.

"It's the biggest one I (have) ever seen around here", he added. Passersby have begun to crowd Newfoundland's coastal streets for a photo opp with the large iceberg, as the potential exists for more glacier pieces to appear in the coming weeks and months.

Kavanagh believes it will be a great drawcard for tourists, who have already been flocking to the town.

The area is a popular tourist destination thanks to its reputation as "iceberg alley".




The early arrival and abundance of icebergs has caused concern for some scientists and observers, as experts have attributed the early bergs to strong counter-clockwise winds or possibly to climate change.

As of Monday, there were about 450 icebergs near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, up from 37 a week earlier, according to the US Coast Guard's International Ice Patrol in New London, Connecticut.

The iceberg was reportedly 46 meters high, and Kavanagh said it had been stranded in shallow waters off the Avalon Peninsula. The average for this time of year is about 80.

The BBC reported more icebergs are drifting through iceberg alley than is normal for this point in the year, with hundreds of icebergs in the Atlantic.

People can take boat tours, paddle past the ice chunks in a kayak or go on a hike along the coast to get a glimpse of and photograph the icebergs.

In 2014, there were 1546 icebergs in the shipping lanes - the sixth most severe season on record since 1900, according to the patrol.

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