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A giant iceberg spotted off the Canadian coast is attracting swarms of tourists

Business Insider UK logoBusiness Insider UK 3 days ago rfitzmaurice@businessinsider.com (Rosie Fitzmaurice)
<span style="font-size:13px;">Reuters/Greg Locke</span> © Provided by Business Insider UK Reuters/Greg Locke

A giant iceberg spotted in shallow water off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, has attracted "hundreds" of tourists and onlookers.

The towering iceberg, which emerged last Easter weekend, measures approximately 46 metres at its highest point, according to local resident Don Costello, who spoke to CBC's St. John's Morning Show on Tuesday.

The area off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is informally known as "iceberg alley." 

The iceberg, which sits just off the coast of Ferryland, on the Avalon Peninsula, is understood to be one of the first of the season. It has attracted many tourists who have reportedly blocked the Southern Shore highway with their vehicles to take photographs.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Reuters/Greg Locke</span> © Provided by Business Insider UK Reuters/Greg Locke The huge iceberg, which is stranded in shallow water, has become a tourist attraction and drawn many onlookers to the small Canadian town.

"Good Friday it was pretty busy but Sunday it was really blocked out there too," Costello told the CBC.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Reuters/Greg Locke</span> © Provided by Business Insider UK Reuters/Greg Locke He added that it doesn't look like the iceberg, shown below, is moving any time soon. 

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

The Largest Icebergs in History

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The Largest Icebergs in History: <p>Big icebergs, which are also called “ice mountains,” are <strong><a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/water/n/20-surreal-places-see-clearest-bluest-water-earth">huge pieces of freshwater</a></strong> ice that are floating in open water. They have formed after breaking off continental ice shelves or glaciers. To be classified as an iceberg, the ice extruding from the water must be at least 15 feet above sea level, be between 100 and 165 feet thick, and must cover an area of at least one-third of a mile, according to the <a href="https://www.antarcticreport.com/articles/the-us-national-ice-center-naming-antarctic-icebergs"><strong>Antarctic Report</strong></a>. Icebergs can have a direct effect on the sea bed, scouring the seafloor where it makes contact.</p> The Largest Icebergs in History


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