Icebergs

Iceberg off Dunedin Coast.
Icebergs and sheep. A strange combination even for a country renowned for its woolly quadrupeds. This footage results from two rather unusual events.

In November 2006, icebergs were sighted 60 kilometres off the Dunedin coast, on the eastern side of New Zealand. This was a rare enough event in itself. It was thought that the parent of these icebergs had broken off the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica six years previously and was disintegrating as it was carried by ocean currents far from home. Although visible from the hills around Dunedin to the naked eye, binoculars were better. But NHNZ staff decided to take to the air for an even better look. And some stunning shots resulted.

They weren't the only ones making the most of the unusual occurrence...

Shrek the sheep being shorn on an iceberg.Shrek, a merino sheep who shot to stardom nearly three years earlier, celebrated his tenth birthday with another blade shearing on an iceberg 90 kilometres off the Dunedin coast. Shrek first lost his fleece for charity in 2004, amidst huge media attention. He had evaded detection in the Central Otago high country for six years and when shorn, produced a fleece weighing an amazing 25 kilograms. The shearing on the iceberg was no less dramatic, though the drama was prompted more by a huge chunk breaking off just as shearing got under way.

Looking for footage of a sheep in a helicopter? HD Footage of the icebergs, and Shrek shearing!, are available from our library (master D5, aspect ratio 16x9). Note that once NHNZ production costs are recovered, forty percent of the net of all subsequent sales of the Shrek footage goes to Cure Kids. Cure Kids is an organisation established over 30 years ago to address the lack of research into life-threatening childhood illnesses in New Zealand.