Huge spinning ice disk in Maine draws international attention


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    WESTBROOK (WGME) -- A sight that looks out of this world is getting international attention in Westbrook, Maine.

    A massive disk of ice is spinning in the middle of the Presumpscot River.

    It's 300 feet wide, completely frozen and drawing in onlookers from all across Cumberland County.

    "I wanted to see it for myself and take a few pictures," Raymond Resident Bruce Small said.

    A nearly perfect disk of ice is floating in the middle of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook.

    Locals say it's an impressive sight.

    "It's just interesting because it's not something that people see every day,” Ruth Starke, who works in Westbrook, said. “It's not normal to see a giant floating disk in the water."
    "Nice to see the seagulls are having a nice ride and the ducks too," Cam Gordon, who works in Westbrook, said.

    Photo: WGME Staff

    Westbrook city officials say the disc formed from the churning water current created by the waterfall just 100 feet north of the disk.

    It's causing it to slowly spin counter-clockwise.

    Pictures and videos of the naturally-occurring phenomenon have reached as far as South Africa.

    "I was texting my husband this morning,” Portland Resident Amy Barker said. “He's in Cape Town and he asked me if I was going to take the kids to see the spinning ice disk in Westbrook and I said 'What is that?'"

    Locals and Westbrook city officials say the disk of ice is a welcome sight to see along the river.

    The city says it will probably stick around for a few days until the weather causes it to melt, or the river freezes up.

    Photo: WGME Staff

    "I couldn't believe that everybody was so attracted to it,” Westbrook resident Kathi Sawtelle said. “I tried to look up a little bit of it and I don't think it's that often that it occurs. It's just quite something to watch."

    "It's just a real treat because it's unique," Barker said.

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