Antarctic icebergs drift toward New Zealand

Neal Young at the Australian Antarctic Division has spotted a large number of icebergs drifting an unusually long way north towards New Zealand from the Antarctic. Several hundred icebergs have been identified in visible MODIS satellite imagery in the area around Macquarie Island. It is thought these bergs originated from a much larger iceberg which began its journey having calved from the Ross Ice Shelf.

Map of iceberg locations in Southern Ocean

The main press release and maps of their position can be found here where you can follow progress. No doubt New Zealand, who has already issued coastal navigation warnings for the area in the Southern Ocean, will be keeping a keen eye too.

Hopefully no sheep will be traumatised this time round (and that’s not a joke stereotyping NZ locals – see the last line of this report).