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Giant Rotating Ice Disk In River Draws Gawkers In Maine

Tina Radel
City of Westbrook, via @AP
In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 aerial image taken from a drone video and provided by the City of Westbrook, Maine, a naturally occurring ice disk forms on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.

WESTBROOK, Maine - Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that has grabbed the attention of Greater Portland, Maine, is actually a spinning ice disk, and it's roughly 100 yards wide. The formation in the Presumpscot River has gone viral on social media, and it has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon.

Rob Mitchell, who owns a nearby office building, spotted the alien-looking disk Monday morning and immediately notified the city of Westbrook, just outside Portland. Officials say the disk is spinning slowly counter-clockwise, and has served as a big raft for ducks and other birds. ducks.

"There were ducks sitting on it," Mitchell says. "The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan. It was a big duck-go-round.''