The teacher compared another iceberg’s shape to a giant salad bowl as it broke apart.
Others resembled massive ice cream cones, according to Gray.
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s most easterly province, is no stranger to incredible iceberg sightings. In 2017, people flocked to the small coastal town of Ferryland, an hour’s drive south of St. John’s to catch a glimpse of amassive iceberg.
A huge iceberg passes by Cape Bonavista Lighthouse.(Mark Gray)
The area is touted as one of the best places in the world for viewing icebergs when the icy formations arrive in early spring. “On a sunny day, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts,” explained the Newfoundland and Labrador tourism website. “They come in every shape and size, with colors from snow-white to deepest aquamarine.”
“Roughly 90% of icebergs seen off Newfoundland and Labrador come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from glaciers in Canada’s Arctic,” the province’s tourism site added. “Their sheer size will amaze you, and that’s without seeing the ninety-percent still below the surface of the ocean.”
Gray compared this iceberg to a giant salad bowl as it broke up. (Mark Gray)
An iceberg 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador also caused the world’s most famous maritime disaster. At 11:40 p.m. ship’s time on April 14, 1912,Titanicstruck an iceberg and sank just over two hours later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
The area off Newfoundland and Labrador is dubbed “iceberg alley.” (Mark Gray)
The Bonavista Peninsula can be seen in the 2001 movie “The Shipping News,” which is based on Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.