Thousands of mystery ‘ice eggs’ wash up on beach

Thousands of ice eggs have piled up on a beach in Finland, in what weather experts have called a rare phenomenon.

Tourists have flocked to Hailuoto Island in the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden to view the balls of ice.

They are covering an area of 100ft on the beach, with some as big as footballs.

According to experts, the ice eggs have been formed because of turbulent water rolling over small pieces of ice.

Photographer Riso Mattila captured the extraordinary scene and told the that he had never witnessed anything like it before.

He said: ‘I was with my wife at Marjaniemi beach. The weather was sunny, about -1C (32F) and it was quite a windy day.

‘There we found this amazing phenomenon. There was snow and ice eggs along the beach near the water line.’

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There have been similar sightings of balls of ice in Russia and in Michigan.

Giant balls of ice covering an 11-mile stretch of coastline in Siberia appeared in 2016.

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Thousands of ice eggs have piled up on a beach in Finland, in what weather experts have called a rare phenomenon.

Tourists have flocked to Hailuoto Island in the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden to view the balls of ice.

They are covering an area of 100ft on the beach, with some as big as footballs.

According to experts, the ice eggs have been formed because of turbulent water rolling over small pieces of ice.

Photographer Riso Mattila captured the extraordinary scene and told the that he had never witnessed anything like it before.

He said: ‘I was with my wife at Marjaniemi beach. The weather was sunny, about -1C (32F) and it was quite a windy day.

‘There we found this amazing phenomenon. There was snow and ice eggs along the beach near the water line.’

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There have been similar sightings of balls of ice in Russia and in Michigan.

Giant balls of ice covering an 11-mile stretch of coastline in Siberia appeared in 2016.

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