Machias Seal Island by Ray Hennessy (New Brunswick Photo Spot)

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Machias Seal Island - Photo by Ray Hennessy

Machias Seal Island - Photo by Ray Hennessy

Machias Seal Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a tiny, treeless oceanic island rising barely 9 metres above sea level. This small island is one of the most important seabird nesting colonies in the Gulf of Maine. It's home to one of the most southerly colonies of the Atlantic Puffin (well over 1000 pairs), whose breeding range extends north all the way to Greenland. Access to the island is very limited. Sea Watch Tours is permitted to land 15 people a day, six days a week. Sea Watch Tours is the only company in Canada with access to Machias Seal Island. (www.seawatchtours.com) The ownership of island has long been disputed between Canada and the United States. (Machias Seal Island, Grand Manan, Canada/USA)

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