A weather observatory in Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido says ice floes have reached the coast for the first time this winter.
The officials say this is the latest time of the year for the ice to be spotted on shore since observations began in 1959.
The observatory in Abashiri City on the Okhotsk coast reported finding wide areas of the coast covered with white drift ice on Monday morning. The discovery was made 20 days later than usual.
The city will soon begin operating sightseeing boats for viewing the ice floes.
Source and image: NHK