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

Business Insider UK logoBusiness Insider UK 4/19/2017 (Rosie Fitzmaurice)

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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.

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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.

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.

All photos by Reuters/Greg Locke.

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