Visitors to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore saw an incredible and unusual sight recently. Massive ice boulders had washed ashore, lining the sand and causing quite a stir. The Daily News shared the details on Feb. 27.
Leda Olmsted was walking her dog in the area in northern Michigan and came upon the massive ice boulders. She noted that they were all along the shore for a length of about 100 feet, and some weighed as much as 75 pounds or so, she thought. Olmsted took a series of photos and posted them to her Facebook page, and the media took off with the story.
Park rangers indicate that the massive ice boulders probably began as pieces of ice that broke off from the floes in Lake Michigan. As they made their way through the water toward shore, they were molded by the waves into smooth balls. It seems that nobody in the area remembers ever having seen such a thing, and chances are this event made for a bit of fun for those in the area.
It may look like a big prank, but it seems this one is for real. Olmsted's photos of the massive ice boulders are quite fascinating and mysterious, and it seems likely those in the area will be keeping an eye out to see if similar boulders manage to wash ashore again.