'Gazillions' of natural ice balls cover Lake Michigan beach

By Ben Hooper  |  Jan. 17, 2017 at 12:39 PM
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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A visitor to the Lake Michigan shore captured video of a rare phenomenon -- hundreds of naturally-forming ice balls washing ashore.

Michigan resident Stacey Anne Leeson captured photos and video Saturday showing the ice balls littering Port Shelton Beach after washing in with the tide.

"Gazillions of ice balls along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Ottawa County," Leeson tweeted.

The phenomenon, which has previously been documented in Russia and Maine, occurs when small pieces of ice break off in the water and are rendered smooth by the waves.

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