A Galaxy of rare ‘ice eggs’ found on beach in Finland

Picture of the eggs. Photograph: Risto Mattila
A couple shared the photos and observations of an unusual occurrence and phenomenon ice specialist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, say rarely occur as a result of a particular weather condition. Risto Mattila and his wife were walking along Marjaniemi beach on Hailuoto island, Finland, on Sunday when they came across a icy balls of eggs covering a 30-metre (98ft) expanse of shoreline. The eggs were of various sizes. The biggest was about the size of a football. “It was an amazing view. I have never seen this phenomenon before,” said Mattila, an amateur photographer. Autumn is the perfect time to experience such natural phenomenon as this is when ice starts to form on the surface of water, creating a form of slush when moved by waves, according to Dr James Carter, Emeritus Professor of geography-geology at Illinois State University. Also, Jouni Vainio, an ice specialist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, added that the uncommon occurrence could happen about once a year in the right weather conditions: “You need the right air temperature (below zero, but only a bit), the right water temperature (near freezing point), a shallow and gently sloping sandy beach and calm waves, maybe a light swell,” he said. “You also need something that acts as the core. The core begins to collect ice around it and the swell moves it along the beach, forward and back. A small ball surface gets wet, freezes and becomes bigger and bigger.”
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