Giant spinning ice disk forms in ME river

The ice disk is seen spinning on the Presumpscot River in drone video image provided by the City of Westbrook, Maine.

Photos of the circle went viral after being posted by Tina Radel, the city's marketing and communications director.

City of Westbrook authorities were notified of the disk by a local businessman, and used a drone to capture the moonlike ice formation.

Drone footage shows it nearly stretching across the whole of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, US.

The size of this one though is extremely rare, as most tend to be in the 20- to 30-foot diameter range.

Local resident Bruce Small told CBS-affiliate WGME: "I wanted to see it for myself and take a few pictures". The disk, which is formed by the water's currents is estimated to be about 100 yards across.

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

Mitchell says "the ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan".

Either that or a giant alien space craft has landed in Westbrook, Maine.

His best guess for how fast it is spinning is based on study of another ice disk that formed in a NY river in the late 19th Century, which did a whole rotation in about six minutes.

Some tourists walked on the thin ice of the circle, posing and taking photographs, and one swimmer braved the -20C temperatures to dive off the disk and swim in the icy river water. "Because of the rotation, and probably occasional bumping into the shoreline - and the fact that the ice is freezing into a solid plate, the ice that gathered in the eddy was trapped and worked into a giant disk".

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