Friday, August 7, 2015

Boat Trip

I thought you might like to go along with me on a boat trip out to see the Monhegan Island off Port Clyde at Tenants Harbor in Maine. The trip was 2 1/2 hours with the goal of seeing wildlife on some of the islands in the area.

Our spokesperson was Pete, and he was very knowledgable. We pulled up lobster traps on our way out, and learned about the lobsters that are thrown back, the lobsters that are kept, and the differences between the hard shell, the soft shell, and the male and female lobsters.
Pete had a gruff sort of demeanor and looked like a true sea captain. 

The water was a little choppy as we progressed a bit further out into the sea. Everyone stayed up on the deck at the picnic tables that were provided. It was a bit hard to get pictures, as every time Pete pointed out something, every passenger stood up to see, and if you were on the wrong side of the boat, you were out of luck. 

One of our first sightings was Owls Head Lighthouse from the sea side, and I do have pictures to share with you from the shore side as well at a later date.

It was really interesting to find out that many folks actually own some of the islands off the coast of Maine. One of these owners is the Andrew Wyeth family. His wife waved to us as we passed by, apparently still goes there with family and friends.

The wildlife on the end of the island is abundant. We found out that the puffins, for which the trip was planned, are very fast fliers, and there is an entire story about their habitat there. They are also pretty small, so it was nearly impossible to get a picture. So here are some of the pictures I was able to get: first a collage of puffins hubby captured on the water, a puffin on a rock by one of the observatories, then some other sea birds, then the seals.

We were also able to get pictures of the Franklin Lighthouse.

All in all a very enjoyable trip. Note the blue skies and the very blue sea. I can't get enough of the beautiful weather here in Maine. It was about 75 and sunny.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Linda Kay
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