The water level of Atlantic Ocean was raised high as Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday received its “tide of the century”, creating a spectacular sight for the thousands of tourists.
Mont Saint-Michel, a granite island in the midst of a bay in northwestern France, received the biggest tide in the century that grew as high as a four-story building.
The tide grew to the height of an estimated maximum of 14.6 metres. The footbridge, which has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979, connecting the French coast with Mont Saint-Michel was wholly submerged in to waters for the first time in this millennium.
According to the researchers, the supertide is likely to be witnessed again in the year 2033 as it repeats itself in nearly every 18 years.
The monster-like supertide earned the attraction tens of thousands of tourists and adventure lovers.
The natural event turned tragic for two men who lost their lives after being drown near Rocher de Saint-Nicolas and Ile Grande. According to the eye witnesses, they were apparently swallowed up by the rising ocean water levels.
Besides contemplating the magnificent seascape dotted with improvised islets, visitors could enjoy the
With the “tide of the century”, the adventure lovers also took the best out of the rare opportunity when they had rare glimpse of marine creatures, such as shellfish, turtles, clams, crustaceans, mussels, shrimp , lobsters and many more.
The tide event also bolstered the economy of the region as the inflow of tourists was high.
“Besides the ‘tide of the century’ on March 21, there will be four other days when the tide will also be exceptional: April 19, August 31, September 29 and October 28,” an Odalys Vacance spokesperson said.
Mont Saint-Michel region is visited by over three million people every year.