Alien-looking ice disk spinning in the river overwhelms Maine town of Westbrook

Not from this world! Gigantic UFO-like rotating ice disk appears in the Maine Town River – and 100 meters away this is one of the largest ever recorded of the rare phenomenon

  • Ice disk formed during the weekend in downtown Westbrook, Maine in Presumpscot River
  • The stream of the river slowly pushes the disk counterclockwise like a Lazy Susan
  • Residents have compared the disc with a diameter of 100 yard to a crop circle and a joke that it must be alien
  • Ice discs are formed naturally when water flows grind a loose piece of ice in a circle

Keith Griffith for Dailymail.com

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A strange-looking disc of ice causes a stir in a city in Maine.

The naturally occurring disc formed on the Presumpscot River at Westbrook, Maine during the weekend, and curious spectators have drawn to the strange sight.

& # 39; It looks a bit like a crop circle, & # 39; told resident Doug Bertlesman at the Portland Press Herald.

& # 39; It's pretty wild to watch, & # 39; he said. It's certainly not every day that you can see a spinning circle of ice in the river. & # 39;

The naturally occurring ice cream was created at the weekend in Westbrook, Maine, a city just west of Portland

The naturally occurring ice cream was created at the weekend in Westbrook, Maine, a city just west of Portland

The naturally occurring ice cream was created at the weekend in Westbrook, Maine, a city just west of Portland

Bertlesman estimated that the ice disk was about 100 meters in diameter, which would make it one of the biggest on record – if not the biggest ever.

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There are ice disks, also known as ice circles, known in the North Pole, Scandinavia and Canada.

They occur in bends in the river, where the accelerating water creates a force that & # 39; rotational shear force & # 39; is called, which breaks down a chunk of ice and turns around.

As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice – flowing in a perfect circle.

According to published reports, the largest recorded ice disk was a circle with a diameter of 160 feet in the Swedish Pite River in 1987.

The ice disk in Westbrook caused a buzz among the residents after photos were placed on the official Facebook page of the city.

Comments on the photo 's said it was on a & # 39; frozen crop circle & # 39; seemed and joked that it might be the work of & # 39; space travelers & # 39 ;.

Tina Radel, the city's marketing and communication director, is also an accredited drone operator and used the drone of the city to make aerial photographs of the phenomenon of the river walk through the city.

Westbrook is a city of 17,500 just west of Portland. City administrators hope that the interest in the ice disk will drive companies to local traders.

& # 39; If you go out today to give it a try, stop at the many eateries in the neighborhood that are nearby & # 39 ;, wrote the city on Facebook.

The disk turning anticlockwise on the Presumpscot River is estimated to be 100 meters in diameter

The disk turning anticlockwise on the Presumpscot River is estimated to be 100 meters in diameter

The disk turning anticlockwise on the Presumpscot River is estimated to be 100 meters in diameter

Residents joked that the phenomenon resembles a & # 39; frozen crop circle & # 39; or that it was created by & # 39; space gremlins & # 39;

Residents joked that the phenomenon resembles a & # 39; frozen crop circle & # 39; or that it was created by & # 39; space gremlins & # 39;

Residents joked that the phenomenon resembles a & # 39; frozen crop circle & # 39; or that it was created by & # 39; space gremlins & # 39;

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