Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Breathtaking photos show massive icebergs floating by a seaside town

Breathtaking photos show massive icebergs floating by a seaside town

An iceberg floating past your window doesn't sound like something you'd readily get used to, but for the residents of Newfoundland in Canada, it's business as usual.

Iceberg viewing in Ferryland, on Newfoundland's Southern Shore brought traffic on the highway to a halt as people stopped to take in the spectacle.

Ferryland town in Newfoundland has a new visitor - a massive iceberg - that has become the talking point in and around Canada. Adrian Kavanagh, the mayor, declared it the largest he had ever seen in his neighbourhood.

"It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it", he told the Canadian Press.

The town is an hour south of capital city St. John's, and cars were bumper-to-bumper over the weekend as people flocked to the town to see the iceberg.

"It's not moving out of there unless this winds stay up for another while, because [the iceberg's] right in on the shallow ground", he said.

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The International Ice Patrol said 648 icebergs have been seen in the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes as of this week.

Canadian press reported that there had already been more icebergs than normal - with 616 already having moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season's end past year.

Kavanagh reminded iceberg-watchers to be safe along the cliffs when trying to take photos. Greenland's ice sheets are accelerating their ice shedding which is resulting in more, and bigger, icebergs.

WATCH: It's shaping up to be a banner year for iceberg watchers, off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Iceberg season runs from spring through late summer and the waters start to refreeze in mid-September.

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