Huge iceberg towers over Canadian town

Tourists flock to small Canadian town to see huge iceberg drifting off the coast
Massive iceberg draws tourists to tiny Canadian town
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20 April, 2017

Adrian Kavanagh, the mayor of Ferryland - a nearby town - told the Canadian Press it was the biggest he'd ever seen in the area.

Canada's CBC News said that over the Easter weekend, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked with traffic as photographers - professional or amateur - pulled up to snap the hulking ice mountain.

"The opportunity to get a good picture without actually going out in a boat is right here", Kavanagh said.

Residents view the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore. 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.

Experts say uncommonly strong counterclockwise winds may be drawing the icebergs south.

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It's been a busy season for icebergs so far, with 616 already having moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season's end a year ago. That's compared to an average 212 icebergs during that period in a typical year.

The iceberg, which has dwarfed the nearby small town of Ferryland, is estimated to measure some 46 metres (150ft) at its highest point.

In the waters close to where the Titanic went down in 1912, the icebergs are forcing ships to take precautions. So far, 616 have made their way into North Atlantic shipping lanes. The Canadian Press reports that 616 have already moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season's end a year ago.

It's not uncommon for Ferryland to witness icebergs floating by as the town has a flawless view of the so-called "iceberg alley".


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