|Bobcat on Campobello Island
Passamaquoddy Bay Underwater Sealife Scuba Diving Video
|Sperm Whale & Basking Sharks|
|Large Shark off Campobello Island!!!
Right Whales & Finback Whales in Western Passage
|The Whales Are Returning!|
|Minke whale sighted along coast of Grand Manan in winter|
|Finback Whales & Whitesided Dolphins in & outside Head Harbour Passage
Sperm Whales, Basking Shark off Grand Manan
Right Whale in Passamaquoddy Bay
'Gonzo' the Whale Makes a Splash
|Seinfeld Star Sighted|
|The Whales are Back|
Right Whales at Head Harbour Lightstation
Hundreds of Beached Squid in Cobscook Bay (video)
Finbacks in Head Harbour Passage
6 North Atlantic Right Whales, 1 Finback Whale, & Lots of Birds
Whales, Whales, and More Whales
January 23: An elusive bobcat was photographed on Campobello Island.
Photograph by Park Naturalist Harold Bailey, published here courtesy of
Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
January 22: Watch a video of wonderful, colorful undersea life in Passamaquoddy Bay —
August 26: Several finbacks were sighted feeding in Head Harbour Passage, along Campobello Island.
August 17: A young humpback whale was sighted, repeatedly tail-slapping.
August 14: Whale watchers were delighted by a minke whale repeatedly breaching 100+ times!
July 31: A pod of around 100 harbour porpoise were sighted feeding on krill just off Head Harbour (East Quoddy) Lightstation on Campobello Island, NB. There were two small finbacks and one huge finback, maybe 60-70 feet, along with one minke whale, plus many loons amongst them.
July 24: A juvenile northern right whale was discovered by a whalewatching excursion near Grand Manan. The whale was towed to Campobello Island for a necropsy. The 12 year-old female had been struck by a ship, although, as of this writing, it isn't known if the whale had been struck while alive, or after it died. The necropsy report may divulge the cause of death.
Right whales are found in the summer months in the Grand Manan area of the Bay of Fundy, tending their calves and breeding. There are only 300400 North Atlantic right whales left in existence, the most endangered whale species.
The newly-built 92-foot-long gaff-rigged two-masted schooner Halie & Matthew is now at berth at the Fishermen's Pier in downtown Eastport. She will be doing day trips this summer while her 10 staterooms are being finished this summer. She's the second windjammer to grace the Eastport breakwater, along with the 84-foot gaff-rigged, two-masted Sylvina W. Beal. built in 1911.
Late November A full dozen American bald eagles juvenile and adult were spotted roosting and flying along the shore near Wilson's Beach on Campobello Island.
Late August Minke whales have been sighted multiple times this summer within Friar Roads, with sightings from the Deer Island-Campobello Island ferry, and from the shore at Eastport, likely feeding on herring brought in with the incoming tide.
We're in the third year of an Auroral activity peak. Typically, Auroras go through an 11-year activity cycle, and 2001 was a peak year in that cycle. There are occasional "double-peak" cycles, where the 12th year is also unusually active; however, 2003 is the 13th year of the cycle, providing numerous opportunities to view the Aurora.
The first few days of November provided some spectacular Northern Lights sighthings! A massive solar eruption shot particles toward Earth at approximately 4-times average speed, resulting in exceptionally bright and colorful sky shows.
Large areas of red, along with bright "curtains" of moving light, pulsing light, and long spikes of light, have covered huge areas of the sky, sometimes visible even in well-lit municipal areas where auroral events are typically unseen. Many members of Quoddy Loop communities have been taking extra effort to watch for and be awed by Mother Nature's recent fireworks in the sky.
Michelle Delio and her husband-photographer Laszlo Pataki, near the onset of a 4-month quest of travelling US-1 from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, stopped in Eastport to do a story in their travel series on "geek history and culture" along United States' Number 1 highway. Their stories appear on Wired.com, the news arm of Wired Magazine.
October 26th presented Eastport with these nomads of news, who had breakfast with a handful of members of the Old Sow Whirlpool Survivors' Association. Heads were spinning from personal accounts of being caught in and escaping mighty Old Sow!
See Michelle Delio's story, with Laszlo Pataki's photographs (and one bodacious aerial image of Old Sow by yours truly) on the Wired.com website. Be sure to follow their periodic reports on their adventure all the way to the extreme opposite end of US-1.
On the days in which stories are newly posted, they're featured on the Wired.com home page. Look for the photographic image of a US-1 road sign. On other days, look for the "Subsets" category along the left side of the home page; look for "Culture"; and then "On the Road: Travels in Technology." On that page you'll find all of Michelle's stories on the trip thus far.
* They mean "geek" in a nice way. See Michelle Delio's first story in this series, "Finding Life on a New Road," for an operating definition of the word.
(Be sure to check out our sister Web site dedicated to Old Sow Whirlpool: www.oldsowwhirlpool.com)
|For the second year in a row, a pair of gulls laid their eggs in an improbable place on a vagrant pier in downtown (Moose Island) Eastport. Gulls typically lay their eggs on isolated islands.
Two eggs were laid this year, and as in 2002 one hatched successfully. Although the nest was isolated from predator access by land, due to the delapidated condition of the wharf, such a location presents an unexpected hazard to a baby gull.
As with 2002, when the chick began exercizing its as-of-yet unfeathered wings, it fell off the narrow beam of its nest, falling into the tidal water below. Fearful that the chick had been lost to the sea or to a local cat or eagle, this writer investigated the area on several succeeding days, learning that the parents were still tending the chick along the Moose Island shoreline. The baby gull eventually fledged, and is now a member of the local gull community.
A fuzzy gull chick, while tended by a parent on its precarious nest, exercises its wings in anticipation of greater things to come.
2003 has had a satisfying number of auroras, some being spectacular. One recent Aurora Borealis was reported to have been observed as far south as southern California!
There are many locations in the Quoddy Loop that are perfect for aurora sightings, due to the absence of light pollution that is experienced in more urban areas. Such available darkness has also been great for viewing Mars during its once-every-60,000-year close proximity to earth.
1 September 2002
The owner-operator of East Coast Ferries, Ltd., of Deer Island, NB, reported sighting a small white whale several times recently while running the ferries within the passages of Passamaquoddy Bay between Deer Island and Campobello Island, and between Deer Island and Eastport, Maine. It may be a beluga whale, which are white when adult, and which are known to be infrequent visitors to this area. Belugas generally reside year 'round in waters much farther north.
People at the Eastport Municipal Pier reported watching a whale breach in the nearby Friar Roads passage on July 24. Once commonplace, and although whales are frequently seen off Head Harbour on Campobello Island, and in the open Bay of Fundy between Grand Manan and Lubec, whale sightings in Friar Roads occur but a few times each summer.
During a mid-July thunderstorm, a tree along US-1 in Edmunds Township was struck by lightning. A passerby saw steam rising out of the tree, which -- although having just been lightning struck -- was still intact. He got out of his car and walked around the tree, observing the unusual sight.
Sometime after leaving, the internal steam pressure burst the tree asunder, with the results shown in the photographs.
The next day, owners of the property reported that they placed their hands within part of the tree's enormous wound, and could smell ozone on their hands as a result of the lightning.
A young hooded seal, about 125 pounds and three feet long, was spotted on Sandy Beach in Cutler on April 11th, as reported in the 12 April edition of The Quoddy Tides newspaper. Hooded seals are not common in Maine, and typically are found on the ice pack in the North Atlantic.
A deceased whale washed ashore at Cutler in August.
Actor Willem Dafoe was seen in Eastport and touring Roosevelt International Park on Campobello Island in August. Dafoe received Oscar nominations as best supporting actor in "Platoon" (1986) and "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000).
Dafoe's film, television, and narration experience, as of this writing:
* Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.
A basking shark was caught in, and released from, a herring weir on Grand Manan this summer.
Smithsonian Magazine's August issue has a writeup about famous whirlpools in the world, including the Old Sow Whirlpool, written by best-selling author ("The Professor and the Madman"), Simon Winchester. Smithsonian Magazine's website also carries some ancillary information.
© 2001 Old Sow Publishing
Fox TV's "Murder in Small Town X"
Eastport was transformed into "Sunrise, Maine," and was all abuzz during the late winter/early spring as Final Stretch Productions filmed several episodes of their "reality-tv" murder mystery series.
The production erected a statue of a fisherman holding a pollock (left), and left it as a testament to their project.
Numerous sightings of the Northern Lights have been made during this apex of the 11-year Solar flare activity cycle. A particularly spectacular sighting [see our 11 April 2001 photographs] demonstrates the advantages of clear skies, broad horizons, and northern latitudes for viewing this mysterious phenomenon.
Once again, a pair of bald eagles returned in April 2001 to nest in one of the man-made osprey roosts at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge along US Route 1 in Baring, Maine. An observation deck along the highway makes viewing convenient. [Note: At least 14 pairs of bald eagles winter around Cobscook Bay, a branch of Passamaquoddy Bay.]
In the Spring of 2000, the Canadian Coast Guard reported sighting a great white shark attacking a minke whale off the Wolf Islands, south of Blacks Harbour. If you've seen Jaws, you can imagine this observation!
Pods of 5 - 25 Orca whales were spotted during the summer of 2000 off of Grand Manan and the southern end of Campobello Island. It may be the many seals found in the area that attracted the Orcas. Swim at your own risk!
Seldom seen in this area, a large ocean sunfish (deceased) washed ashore at Carlow Island, Eastport, Maine, during the summer 2000.
In 1995 a dead humpback whale, flukes missing from an apparent collision with a ship's propeller, washed up on shore on the beach at the south end of Lubec village. The whale's odor was so powerful -- and the whale being uncooperative at floating away with the tide -- that after an autopsy performed by the College of the Atlantic, the town employed a backhoe at low water to bury the behemoth beneath the beach.
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