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Leaving Cutler, Maine.

The Little River

lighthouse.

Barbara Frost, our

comfortable ride.

Machias Seal Island

Welcoming committee.

Bird blind, ports closed

Puffin Convention

Razorbills and Puffins

Razorbill (top) and

Atlantic Puffin

Razorbills

Razorbills, very

handsome in their

tuxedos.

Razorbill.

Puffin.

Northern Gannett.

Showing some kind of

nesting behavior.

Incoming

It's called Seal Island for

a reason.

Seals

Depart,  Seal and Little

Seal Islands

Machias Seal Island, Maine. June 2010

and May 2019

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Not a dive trip but something we have always wanted to see--the enchanting Atlantic

Puffin.

Puffins are pelagic birds, they spend almost all their lives floating, flying and fishing

in the open ocean. The North Atlantic can be a rough place for ocean going ships in the

winter but these tough little birds are out there from the coast of North America all

the way to Scandinavia and Russia. They come ashore to breed in March,  nesting in

rock crevices or in burrows if there's enough soil for them to dig into.

We have been fortunate to take two trips here in 2010 and 2019.  Our last time was

with Bold Coast Charters, leaving from Cutler in the northern part of Maine with the

very entertaining  Captain Andy Patterson on board the Barbara Frost. This was a

short 45 minute ride  to Machias Seal Island and Bold Coast specializes in  getting you

out to, and onto, the island in the Gulf of Maine. The "onto" can be difficult, slightly

rough seas make landing difficult.  Seal Island is home to three thousand breeding

Puffins and an added bonus was a huge colony of Razorbills alongside them.  Viewing

is from the concealment of bird blinds which allows close looks from six feet or less.

After the birds have settled down you can hear them scampering over the roof. By

August they will be back at sea, maybe not making landfall again until next year.

Astonishing for a bird that's a foot long and weighs less than a pound.

The island is on the border of the US and Canada waters, currently peacefully

contended it has a lighthouse that's staffed by the Canadian coast guard and they also

host researchers for the breeding seabirds.

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