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    Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

    WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river.

    A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 91 metres wide.

    The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon.

    The oddity drew a crowd that stood mesmerised by the slow-turning disk on Tuesday afternoon in Westbrook.

    The ice formation is believed to have formed naturally in a part of the river where there’s a circular current that creates a whirlpool effect, said the city’s Marketing and Communications Manager Tina Radel.

    Locals said they’ve seen smaller ice disks before, but nothing like this one, Radel said. Rob Mitchell, who owns a nearby office building, spotted the alien-looking disk on Monday morning and immediately notified the city.

    Officials said the disk is spinning slowly counter-clockwise, and has served as a big raft for ducks and other birds.

    “The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan,” Mitchell said.

    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. – AP
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