Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Departure, Jonesport

Harbor,  Maine. 6.15am.

Machias Seal Island

Razorbill (top) and

Atlantic Puffin

Bird blind, ports closed

Puffin Convention

Razorbills and Puffins

Incoming

Razorbills

Depart,  Seal and Little

Seal Islands

Machias Seal Island, Maine. June 2010

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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.

This trip left from Jonesport in the northern part of Maine. We went out with "Norton

of Jonesport" (website http://www.machiassealisland.com/ ), a family owned

business founded in 1939 that specializes in getting you out to, and onto, Machais Seal

Island some 30 miles offshore 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.

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