Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town known as "iceberg alley"

The icebergs are often locked into sea ice, which can last until late spring or early summer, but this one looks like it has grounded and could remain in place, Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told The Canadian Press. He added that it was the biggest one he had seen around the area so far and was hopeful that more would follow soon.

According to the Canadian Ice Service (yes, that's a real agency), the iceberg that appeared near the town of Ferryland during the Easter weekend is classified as "large."

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

Ferryland, Newfoundland, is host to a special visitor, as seen here on Sunday: a giant iceberg, the first of the season.

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

REUTERS/Jody MartinResidents view the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley", near Ferryland Newfoundland, Canada April 16, 2017. Experts said the surge is due to unusually strong counter-clockwise winds, and perhaps the effects of global warming.

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. Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, said it is possible climate change is leading to more icebergs in the shipping lanes, but wind patterns are also important.

In 104 years, no ship that has heeded the warnings has struck an iceberg, according to the ice patrol. By September previous year, the end of the season, there were 687.


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