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?
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Parts of Cape Cod have been looking a little bit like the Arctic Circle.

Icebergs aren't a common sight in Massachusetts. But massive chunks of ice have washed up on some beaches. They're drawing curious onlookers.

Children have been climbing some of the icy mammoths. The ice cropped up along Duck Harbor Beach in Wellfleet. Despite a brief warmup earlier this week, there were still big chunks 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, which 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 that held much of New England in an icy grip for weeks.

Michelle Norcross ventured out with her husband and daughter to snap photographs of the huge chunks at low tide, 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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COMMENTS (67)
  • tanaizham-boo
    3/17/2015 - 11:52 a.m.

    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 that held much of New England in an icy grip for weeks."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.

  • kenneth.holmes08
    3/17/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    This is incredible! I can't believe pieces of glaciers washed up on the shores of Massachusetts. The kids climb on them and so do the parents, if I was there I would totally climb around them and observe them. Some of these pieces of ice are so big they make the average person look small. These glacier fragments can be 5'6" to 6' tall. Glaciers are bodies of dense ice that form over hundreds of years. On Earth, 99% of all glaciers are contained in vast ice sheets in the polar region.

  • JusticeHblue
    3/17/2015 - 02:31 p.m.

    Who i can't be leave that there huge. The length the icebergs would have to travel just to wash up on shore in Massachusetts is amazing that I would not melt .

  • JusticeHblue
    3/17/2015 - 02:31 p.m.

    Who i can't be leave that there huge. The length the icebergs would have to travel just to wash up on shore in Massachusetts is amazing that I would not melt .

  • kalebl-And
    3/17/2015 - 04:22 p.m.

    People are calling these icebergs because of the unbelievable sight and I can't believe that they are in Massachusetts it is truly unreliable I wish I could see this my self.

  • kennedyw-And
    3/17/2015 - 04:28 p.m.

    I learned from the selection above that ice chunks have been showing up in parts of Cape Cod recently and that they are attracting lots of onlookers.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/17/2015 - 06:42 p.m.

    I think that this is cool because there are a lot of chunks of ice on the coast side of Massachusetts which kind of look unusual or strange but still looks really cool if you see it on the coast of Massachusetts but now that they melted because the climate is changing to spring but its already spring time. If there are still some pieces of ice on the beach still, it could be impossible for an single ice to survive on warmer climates. Well the pieces of icebergs represents that they are melting from the polar icecaps which the polar bears will have nowhere to rest on while there are swimming in the Arctic ocean.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why are people call the chucks icebergs if they aren't icebergs?
    Answer: People call it chucks icebergs when they aren't icebergs because they are melting down which will make the top of U.S.A like Canada will be melted.

  • Kaylab-5
    3/17/2015 - 11:58 p.m.

    This article is about unusual sightings of possible icebergs in Massachusetts. Lately in Cape Cod, Massachusetts large chunks of ice have washed up on the shore. Some people have driven up from Connecticut to see this amazing abnormality. These chunks of ice are not classified as icebergs though. Scientists have classified them as fragments that have fallen off a large buildup of ice and carried away by a current. This is so interesting and amazing, if I didn't live in California, I would most definitely visit this.

  • nightowl
    3/18/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    icebergs look kindof cool in ma. they look like mushrooms or plants coming out of the sand how did they even get there did they wash up or something

  • ambere-And
    3/18/2015 - 03:58 p.m.

    That is so cool that their was a 5 1/2 to 6 feet iceberg I think that it is really cool that icebergs could be that big and travel that long without melting and I learned that you can find amazing things anywhere.

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