|Published : 21 Apr 2017, 17:29:08|
Iceberg turn town into tourist attraction
A gigantic iceberg turned a little community of Ferryland, Newfoundland into a tourist attraction.
While the region in Canada is known for icebergs during this time of year, the big iceberg drew hundreds of people over the weekend.
“It’s a huge iceberg and it’s in so close that people can get a good photograph of it,” Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh said. “It’s the biggest one I ever seen around here.”
Although the iceberg is about 15 stories high, that’s just 10 per cent of its mass.
“Iceberg season,” which generally starts in April, has been especially busy this year. More than 615 icebergs have already been spotted in North Atlantic shipping lanes. Last year, there were 687 icebergs the entire season, which ends in September.
“There are certainly a significant amount of icebergs out there. When you look at the iceberg chart it’s truly incredible,” Rebecca Acton-Bond, Acting Superintendent, Ice operations, Canadian Coast Guard.
“Usually you don’t see these numbers until the end of May or June,” she said. “So the amount of icebergs that we’re seeing right now, it really is quite something.”
Experts attribute “uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds” pulling icebergs south from Greenland, where they break from the ice sheet, for the rise in activity. Global warming may also be playing a role.
These icebergs are travelling a similar route as the one that struck the Titanic on April 14, 1912. the ship sank early on April 15, less than 400 miles from Ferryland, killing more than 1,500, according to Canadian media.