Puffins of Machias Seal Island

Machias Seal Island lies 10 miles offshore from Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. At low tide, Machias Seal is one mile long and a few hundred feet wide. Yet up to 5000 pairs of Atlantic puffins, 1000 pairs of razorbills and 500 pairs of common murres congregate on the island during their summer nesting season.

puffins Machias Seal Island
Up to 5000 pairs of Atlantic puffins nest each summer on Machias Seal Island.

Those lucky enough to get one of the 30 spots allowing access to viewing blinds on the island are treated with an awe-inspiring spectacle. 

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Common murres – Machias Seal Island.
Razorbill – Machias Seal Island.

Two companies (one from Grand Manan, Canada and one from Cutler, Maine) offer day trips to Machias Seal Island in the summer.  Plan ahead. Spots sell out well in advance for the short viewing season.

Atlantic puffins - Machias Seal IslandAtlantic puffins - Machias Seal Island

Planning a trip to the Bay of Fundy? Contact one of our destination specialists for more information.

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