Machias Seal Island is a tiny island in the Gulf of Maine. It’s a disputed island — both Canada and the United States claim sovereignty. It’s a long and complicated story … I just read parts of it in Wikipedia.
As things stand now, the lighthouse is manned by Canada … two lightkeepers are flown in by helicopter from Saint John every four weeks, to replace the two existing ones. These Coast Guard employees also assist the Canadian Wildlife Service in maintaining the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, as well as helping any wildlife researchers who may stay on the island for a period of time.
Regardless of the dispute, the reason I want to go there is this:
By Thomas O’Neil, Tgo2002 at English Wikipedia – Self-photographed.
The Atlantic Puffin … I hope to, at least once in my life, see puffins and even take pictures of my own. The above is borrowed from Wikipedia, obviously. I love puffins. Who doesn’t?! Project Puffin lives in Rockland, Maine. We’ve been to Rockland, but unfortunately it was closed when we were there.
There are tours, out of Grand Manan, out to Machias Seal Island. The boat trip takes a number of hours, you have to be dressed accordingly, in rubber boots, and be able to climb the rock when you arrive on the island. Then you get two hours to spend with your camera, in a small ‘booth’, and shoot pictures to your heart’s content.
The puffin population is on the decline, which saddens me to no end.