Towering iceberg draws massive crowds to Newfoundland town of 400 people

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

Photographers, both amateur and professional, caused traffic jams along the Southern Shore highway over Easter weekend as hundreds jostled to see the hulking mountain of ice.

"It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it", he said.

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Residents view the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley", near Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada April 16, 2017. Passersby have begun to crowd Newfoundland's coastal streets for a photo opp with the large iceberg, as the potential exists for more glacier pieces to appear in the coming weeks and months.

It's been a busy season for icebergs so far, with 616 already having moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season's end previous year.

It's already been a particularly busy iceberg season.

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Strong anti-clockwise winds and the effects of global warming are being blamed for the high numbers, as chunks of the Greenland ice sheet have been breaking off at a quicker rate. However, being the first of the season and arriving before schedule, the iceberg has caught the attention of shutterbugs. Still, it's nowhere near the biggest classification of icebergs tracked by the Canadian Ice Service. So far, 616 have made their way into North Atlantic shipping lanes.

An iceberg floating past your window doesn't sound like something you'd readily get used to, but for the residents of Newfoundland in Canada, it's business as usual.

Iceberg boat tours are a popular excursion but for some visitors to Ferryland, the season opening will be too late, according to Costello.

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