Claimed by both Canada and the United States, Machias Seal Island is a 15 acre island located in the Bay of Fundy, approximately 19km from off the coast of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick and 16km from Cutler, Maine.
Machias Seal Island is the seasonal home to thousands of pelagic birds including approximately 3000 pairs of Arctic terns, 400-500 pairs of nesting razorbills and, the general favorite, 1300 pairs of nesting Atlantic Puffins (Sea Watch Tours, 2011).
Access to this small island is limited and landing is done at one’s own risk as the terrain can be quite slippery and uneven. Two companies from Maine and one from New Brunswick offer tours to Machias Seal Island.
Machias Seal Island Light is operated by Canadian Coast Guard and the sanctuary is protected by the Canadian Wildlife Service. The only human residents are the island’s light keepers and wardens of the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Truly a bird watcher’s paradise and many seals can also be seen off shore.
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