Iceberg season in Canada commences in April and the number of icebergs spotted this week by the International ice petrol (IIP) is already 616 (that’s a big number!) this year. According to IIP This count is not usually reached in the entire Spring-Summer (late) season.
Living up to its name “Iceberg Alley”, this season a gigantic picturesque iceberg grounded off the town of Ferryland on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Drawing attention of the tourists and sightseers, early appearance of this giant iceberg has given popularity to this small town.
As per the Canadian Ice Service, it is categorised as “Large” with a height of 151-240 feet and length somewhere between 401 and 670 feet.
For your perspective, this iceberg is bigger than the one that sunk the Titanic in year 1912. As per the official report, the one that sunk Titanic had an estimated height of 50-100 feet and length between 200 and 400 feet.
This beautiful and huge iceberg is a blessing for iceberg chasers, whereas a problem for the local fishing industry of Canada, “the entrance to the harbour in St. John’s, the provincial capital, is plugged solid, a lot of our fisher folks are just tied onto the wharf, waiting for the ice to move offshore.” said Mr. Rogers.