Huge iceberg towers over Canadian town

"It's the biggest one I (have) ever seen around here", he added.

The iceberg towers over the picturesque town, which is about an hour south of St. John's on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kavanagh went on to say he was surprised by the number of people who were interest in "that sort of stuff", just showing that you can even get bored of giant pieces of ice floating past your house.

The first iceberg of the season passes the South Shore on April 16. A massive iceberg appeared near the coast, and photographers dashed to the area to snap pictures. Kavanagh believes it's drawing more visitors - more than it's used to receiving.

Experts said it could be because of uncommonly strong winds and possibly global warming. This year's "iceberg season" has been particularly busy, with hundreds of iceberg sightings already reported.

An unusually high number of icebergs have drifted into North Atlantic shipping over the past few weeks, with about 450 near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland earlier in April, up from 37 the previous week.

The area is also known as "Iceberg Alley".

"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", resident Don Costello told CBC explaining that whilst the ice has moved slightly and broken apart, it doesn't look like it will float away anytime soon.

It's hard to assign a single cause to the phenomenon, though the Associated Press noted earlier this month that rising Arctic temperatures and increased winds had pushed hundreds of icebergs from off coast of Greenland into North Atlantic shipping lanes months ahead of schedule.

  • Joey Payne