Whale sighting!

We entered into Maine today. Saw a right whale broach twice about 100ft from us on starboard! One of the coolest sightings so far. North Atlantic right whales are considered critically endangered. They are not massive like hump back whales. Reportedly about 500 survive. The Gulf of Maine is a protected area where they tend to summer and birth calves. In the past because of their high blubber content they were hunted for whale oil. Today most deaths are related to ‘ship strikes’.

imageWe are anchoring in Stage Island Harbor, north of Kennebunkport. We wanted to stay in a place where we would not have to worry about too much traffic and found this on the chart. Seemed ideal and it really is.  Quiet and calm, although there are a lot of lobster buoys at the entrance of the small natural harbor. One boat was anchored when we arrived and another anchored soon after we had set anchor. But that’s it. After making burgers for dinner, I took a quick jump into the crystal clear water to wash off. Cold, but refreshing, and now clean. Convinced Eric to jump in, but couldn’t get Topher in once he saw his dad ‘freeze’.

Our plan tomorrow morning is to row the dinghy over to one of the islands and explore, especially the one with an old abandoned brick house on it.

Sunset Stage Island
Sunset Stage Island

Home to Maine

Ashore in Maine
Ashore in Maine

We’re home in Maine for a few days.  One of the places that I wanted to visit was the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.  The museum is really well done and is a truly educational experience into the tradition of shipbuilding in Maine, especially during the age of sail.  Remarkably,  within sight of the museum’s back windows is the Bath Iron Works, where they are now sea-trialing the latest “Star Wars-looking” guided missile destroyer for the U.S. Navy, USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000).