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Rare ice eggs found on beach in Finland

Published : 09 Nov 2019, 11:13

  DF News Desk

File Photo Ari-Pekka Darth/VisitFinland.

A rare snow shaped like small ice balls have been found on a beach in the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland, reported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

It was caused by a very rare and strange weather phenomenon, said the BBC report.

The picture of the “Ice Eggs” taken by a photographer Risto Mattila who came across them on Hailuoto Island in the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden.

Mattila,told the BBC he had never seen anything like it before.

"I was with my wife at Marjaniemi beach. The weather was sunny, about -1C and it was quite a windy day," said the BBC report, quoting Mattila as saying.

According to BBC Weather expert George Goodfellow, cold and bit windy conditions are needed for the ice balls to form.

"They can grow when sea water freezes on to their surfaces and this also helps to make them smoother," said the BBC weather expert.

Previously such kind of sights were reported in Russia and on Lake Michigan near Chicago.

In 2016, people living in the town of Nyda in Siberia found giant balls of ice and snow covering an 11-mile stretch of coastline. They ranged from the size of a tennis ball to almost 1 metre across, the BBC report added.

Click BBC to read the original report.