WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A strange phenomenon surprised locals earlier this month at a beach in Finland where thousands of smooth, egg-shaped balls of ice were seen along the shore.
- The “ice eggs” came in various sizes and covered the beach area for a span of about a quarter of a football field.
- Weather experts explained that the ice eggs were chunks of ice that had been eroded away and sculpted by a combination of weather and waves.
A strange phenomenon occurred earlier this month at a beach in Finland, as thousands of smooth, egg-shaped balls of ice were seen along the shore, looking like a mysterious pile of eggs.
It turns out that the “ice eggs” were brought about and sculpted by a combination of weather and waves, according to news reports.
According to BBC News, the sight was seen along the shore of Hailuoto Island, which was located between Finland and Sweden. On that particular windy day, the temperature had been around 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 degree Celsius).
Risto Mattila, an amateur photographer, happened upon the scene while walking along the beach with his wife. He told the BBC, “There, we found this amazing phenomenon. There was snow and ice eggs along the beach near the water line.”
Having “never seen anything like this during 25 years living in the vicinity,” Mattila took a moment to capture a photograph of the amazing sight.
He said that the ice eggs had covered the beach area for a span of about a quarter of a football field. The ice eggs also came in various sizes — ranging from that of an average chicken egg to that of a soccer ball!
Several locals had also witnessed the strange phenomenon.
Tarja Terentjeff, from the nearby town of Oulu, told CNN, “This was [an] amazing phenomenon, [I’ve] never seen before. The whole beach was full of these ice balls.” Meanwhile, another local, Sirpa Tero, said she had previously seen icy orbs along the shoreline, but told CNN it was “not over such a large area.”
George Goodfellow, a BBC Weather expert, explained that the rare ice eggs are formed quite like the rounded stones or sea glass that wash up on the shore. As chunks of ice break off from ice sheets, the waves slowly erode their jagged edges into smooth curves as they drift toward the shore.
And as the seawater freezes and sticks to the forming ice eggs, they start to grow like snowballs as they roll across the shoreline.
The constant waves continue to polish the ice balls which finally end up looking like the sleek and shiny “ice eggs” that curious tourists would chance upon.
Source: Live Science