posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 12:26 AM
WELLINGTON, N.Z. (AP) - Icebergs have been spotted in New Zealand waters for the first time in 56 years, with some of them as large as three
kilometres wide, a scientist said Thursday.
The cluster of 15 icebergs, sighted near Campbell Island about 700 kilometres southeast of New Zealand, could be a hazard to shipping, said Lionel
Carter, a scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
Carter said the icebergs appeared to have been generated by the breakup of ice shelves in the Ross and Weddell Seas of the Antarctic and are expected
to drift toward South America.
Organizers of the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race warned competitors to be aware of the iceberg hazard.
Icebergs were last sighted in New Zealand waters in 1948, Carter said