A long way from Gotham City

Batman spotted in Little Bay Islands

Published on July 25, 2014
An iceberg found recently in Little Bay Islands looks like Batman. — Photo by Mike Parsons.

The secret is out. If you can’t find Batman, it’s probably because he’s spending his summer in Little Bay Islands.

A few weeks ago, the Telegram interviewed “iceberg rider” Mike Parsons.

Since we last spoke, Parsons has shot to Internet stardom — not for his riding abilities, but for his photograph of an iceberg that bears uncanny resemblance to the face of Batman.

“I took it because it looked like a face. Georgina, my wife, thought it looked like George Washington,” said Parsons.

“It wasn’t actually until I posted it on the Growing Up in Newfoundland site, then the next day someone said, ‘oh my God this looks like Batman’ and it kind of took off from there.”

The day after Parsons, an avid amateur photographer, posted the photo, he saw it on BuzzFeed — without photo credits. After emailing BuzzFeed, Parsons got the credit he deserved — and the rest was history.

“From there it just started popping up in different places. I saw it on Perez Hilton, which I thought was hilarious.”

The photo has been picked up by websites and publications around the world, including the National Post, the Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and Mirror, and the New York Daily News.

Although Parsons would not consider himself an Internet star, he is glad for the recognition, particularly as Little Bay Islands is in the midst of a resettlement vote.

“Anything that brings any kind of publicity to Little Bay Islands and the lifestyle here is a good thing,” he said.

“This whole resettlement thing is a big topic of conversation and not always in a positive way. The fact that it brings some light to Newfoundland, and rural communities in general, I think it’s good.”

Parsons describes the Batman iceberg as about the size of a small bungalow.

“I always say if you go look at an iceberg and go back 15 minutes later it always looks completely different,” he said.

“I take thousands of pictures, and I never actually look at them until I get back to Ontario. But I’m sure I’ll see lots of different things in the icebergs when I get a chance to look at them.”

Since his “iceberg-riding” picture was published in The Telegram, Parsons has also been getting on board a few more icebergs.

“I have about seven or eight more pictures where I’m sitting atop different sized pieces of ice,” he said. “It’s like anything, practice makes perfect.”

Parons grew up in Little Bay Islands, and although he works in Ontario, he and his wife come home every year to spend their summer.