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Old 07-30-2011, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, Okla.
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I hope this isn't too dumb of a question, I haven't been back to Maine in almost 30 years and I'm contemplating a trip up there either this fall or next year sometime. I have also thought about going to Washington state as well. I have always enjoyed the ocean and infact was raised close to it in Connecticut and Florida. Now I currently live in Oklahoma where all I get are small lakes, many of which are not the cleanest due to the abundance of red clay near many of them that cloud up the water, not too mention the hellish heat and drought that have been taking it's toll on some of these lakes.

I've enjoyed watching and photographing seals and I know that the west coast has plenty of them, but what about the Maine coast? Where is the best places to view marine life including seals in Maine? Is it common to see them near the Portland area as well? What would be the best time of year to see the seals?

Looking forward to the responses.. I'm long overdue to get back to New England, especially Maine. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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Seals are not as common as you probably found on the west coast. My best advice would be to get on a charter boat that caters to this sort of thing.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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boothbay harbor has tourboats- ive been on the pinklady (a tour boat) for a quick tour and saw seals


i use to see seals all the time as a kid- on the rocks (along the coast)

I even patted Andre the seal when he was in bristol many moons ago
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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How far along the coast are you interested in traveling? I've seen a lot in the Eastport and Lubec areas. Across from Lubec is a Canadian island called Campobello, and an area there called Liberty Point. This area is great for seeing the seals that bask on a group of rocks in the middle of the waterway. A typical digital zoom will yield some great photos. Also, there are some great kayaking tours in this area, and it's not unusual to have the seals swim around you. I would suspect that with a little research you'll find that this type of behavior is pretty typical, and maybe (hopefully!) found in many areas along the coast. Good luck!
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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Bar Harbor has a lot of seal watching tours.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Bar Harbor has a lot of seal watching tours.
Bar Harbor Whale Watching Tours

yes, I see the word "whale" but there's a cute seal pictured also and a link; just so there's no misunderstanding, I realize a whale and a seal are not the same
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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How far along the coast are you interested in traveling? I've seen a lot in the Eastport and Lubec areas. Across from Lubec is a Canadian island called Campobello, and an area there called Liberty Point. This area is great for seeing the seals that bask on a group of rocks in the middle of the waterway. A typical digital zoom will yield some great photos. Also, there are some great kayaking tours in this area, and it's not unusual to have the seals swim around you. I would suspect that with a little research you'll find that this type of behavior is pretty typical, and maybe (hopefully!) found in many areas along the coast. Good luck!
sounds like a great place to kayak
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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We ate breakfast at Spinney's restaurant at Popham Beach in late May and spotted more than a dozen seals swimming offshore and coming up on the rocks by Fort Popham. Also saw cormorants, an osprey, seagulls, ducks, and other birds.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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I went kayaking in Pt. Clyde (25 min south of Rockland) last week and we saw 4 seals in 2 hours. They seemed pretty curious and popped up pretty close. We also saw a great blue heron, bald eagles and gilliman ducks and porpoises. It was amazing, I highly recommend it.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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The Lubec area is fantastic for viewing seals.

Seals gather to frolic at the breakwater at high tide and it is not uncommon to see upwards of 20 at that time.

At low tide a visit to the small islands around Campobello and Deer Island will result in many sightings of basking seals.

The waters of the Bay of Fundy are full of whales too.

Alan
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