Machias Seal Island, Jonesport

Machias Seal Island is an island in the Gulf of Maine, about 16km southeast from Cutler, Maine, and 19km southwest of Southwest Head on Grand Manan Island. It is a neighbour to North Rock. Sovereignty of the island is disputed. Since both Canada and the United States claim sovereignty, anyone born here can claim dual citizenship. The Canadian Coast Guard continues to staff a lighthouse on the island; the first lighthouse was constructed there in 1832.
The relationship of Machias Seal Island to the Grand Manan archipelago is a source of some dispute among geologists. The island is considered to be a possible continuation of the series of exposed shoals, rocks, and islets strewn south and west of Grand Manan Island. The deeper Grand Manan Channel lies to the north and west of the island, separating it from the coast of Washington County, Maine.
Machias Seal Island is a barren island and devoid of trees. Because of its location at the boundary between the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy, Machias Seal Island is fog-bound for many days of the year. It is also a sanctuary for seabirds such as Atlantic puffins, razorbills, common murres, common and Arctic terns, Leach's storm-petrels, and common eiders.
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  • Traveled with a Road Scholar group out to Machias Seal Island from Cutler. The scenery was beautiful and the most amazing thing was getting the opportunity to see birds that would normally be...  more »
  • Take Captain Andy's tour (Bold Coast Tours) out of Cutler, ME, and have a one-of-a-kind experience at this isolated wildlife refuge. You'll see puffins and razorbills within several feet of you as...  more »

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