Icebergs? In Massachusetts?
Icebergs aren't a common sight in Massachusetts. But massive chunks of ice have washed up on some beaches of Cape Cod. They're drawing curious onlookers.
Children have been climbing some of the icy mammoths.
The ice cropped up along DuckHarborBeach in Wellfleet. Despite a brief warmup earlier this week, there were still big chunks. Some were 5 1/2 to 6 feet high on the beach as late as Thursday.
"It's amazing. They're like mini-icebergs," said Jessica Hornung, 33. She drove up from Connecticut with her three young children. They wanted to check out the unusual sight.
"It would be awesome if there were a polar bear on one of them," she joked.
Technically, the chunks aren't icebergs. Those are defined as large pieces that break off glaciers or polar ice shelves.
Instead, meteorologists say they're fragments from the extraordinary amount of ice that built up in Massachusetts Bay. They were carried by currents into Cape Cod Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. It is a startling reminder of an epic winter. It has held much of New England in an icy grip for weeks.
Michelle Norcross ventured out with her husband and daughter. She wanted to snap photographs of the huge chunks at low tide. That is when they're most visible.
Some of the pieces are so big they dwarf humans.
"I'm hoping they're right when they say this is a once-in-a-generation occurrence. It's beautiful, but it's very unusual," she said.
"I don't want this to happen every year. It's kind of freaky."
Officials say the ice chunks are melting and the phenomenon won't last long.
Critical thinking challenge: Why are people calling the chucks icebergs if they aren't icebergs?