A huge iceberg is drawing hundreds of visitors to the tiny town of Ferryland in Newfoundland, Canada, to see the block of ice stuck along the coast.
The iceberg is said to be 150 feet above the surface of the water and up to 670 feet long at its widest point, according to CNN. The area in which the iceberg sits is part of “Iceberg Alley” because of the frequent icebergs sighted along the coast, but it is early in the season for such a large iceberg to be in the area.
According to CNN, the International Ice Patrol has reported a busier than normal iceberg season so far, with 648 icebergs sighted in trans-Atlantic shipping lanes this season compared to 212 during this part of the season in a normal year. Higher-than-normal Arctic temperatures and strong winds have combined to create the conditions for more icebergs to form this year, Quartz reported.
The two restaurants in Ferryland don’t open until sometime in May, and residents are hoping the iceberg will stick around until then so tourists will keep coming.
Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh said it was the biggest iceberg he had ever seen in the area.
“We just gotta find a way to keep that iceberg there,” he said, Fox News reported.
CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said the phenomenon of having an iceberg so large so close to the shore is rare.
According to the Daily Mail, the Ferryland iceberg is 50 feet taller than the one that sank the Titanic, the wreckage of which lies about 400 miles from the site of this iceberg.
Twitter users were interested to see pictures of the icberg and many wished to see it in person, as well.
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