Icebergs? In Massachusetts? Curious onlookers walk around large chunks of sea ice washed up on Wellfleet Harbor Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts (AP photos)
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?

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  • HokettK-Sua
    3/25/2015 - 11:36 p.m.

    Many people may not know they are not iceberg's. At first I thought they icebergs they look like icebergs. Another reason is not that many people know about it my dad does not. They main reason is that people just don't know. So there are all my reasons and that is it.

  • CooperK-Sua
    3/25/2015 - 11:41 p.m.

    There is a rumor saying that Massachusetts has icebergs now. This rumor is true. Icebergs are water that turn into chunks of ice. People say they aren't like icebergs. "They look like tiny chunks of ice" said Jessica Hornung. I think that the icebergs will melt soon because they are on land and the hot sun will melt them. I think that they should avoid the icebergs because one iceberg might break and hurt somebody.

  • ManiegoC-Sua
    3/26/2015 - 12:26 a.m.

    Why I think chucks calling it icebergs even though they are not icebergs because they are broken pieces by glaciers. Another reason is because that they think it is icebergs because it is made of snow. Also they think it is an iceberg because it is white and big. Another reason is that because they look similar and they are big. Last it is the same because they are the same color and same size.

  • ManuelJ-Sua
    3/26/2015 - 12:28 a.m.

    People are calling the large pieces of broken off glaciers, ice burgs because the look like ice burgs but smaller.

  • KerrF-Sua
    3/26/2015 - 12:46 a.m.

    The question are people are calling the chucks icebergs even if they aren't icebergs? I think that because they look like icebergs. They are also big and icebergs are big. One more is that they probably don't see many icebergs there. Those are my three reasons.

  • HocogJ-Sua
    3/26/2015 - 01:02 a.m.

    People are calling the chunks icebergs because they they are both giant chuncks of ice. Also because they look like mini icebergs. This is wrong because of where they both come from different places. Icebergs come from glaciers or polar ice shelves, but the chunks come from the Massachusetts Bay. Just because the formations of ice look the same doesn't mean they are.

  • dianav-Cut
    3/31/2015 - 11:09 a.m.

    this is awesome I will love to climb on it.

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