In Georgetown the local hailing channel is 68 and occasionally cruisers will make announcements or ask questions of the anchorage on this channel. Recently there have been Dolphin Alert announcements because there is a pod of 3 dolphins that have been spotted regularly in the harbor. The rumor is that the dolphins are friendly and sometimes allow swimmers to approach closely.
When we heard a dolphin alert on the radio in our area we headed up on deck to see how close to us the dolphin actually was.
The dolphin was slowly swimming circles around the boat anchored next to us. I quickly pulled out the snorkeling gear and Stephanie headed back down below to get the camera. Our friendly neighborhood dolphin seemed as curious about me as I was about him and he continued to swim circles approaching within a few feet of me.
After viewing each other eye to eye I began swimming back to Rode Trip and my new friend decided to follow me home. As the dolphin swam even closer Stephanie pulled out the underwater camera and handed it to me.
The dolphin stayed in the area for the next twenty minutes turning over in the water and scratching his back on the sand getting a good view of Rode Trip from every angle. I suspect that the dolphin was sleeping and enjoying the calm harbor water. It was finally time for me to get out of the water and head to town. The dolphin followed our dinghy all the way into town until the water got to shallow. It was exciting to have a “pet” dolphin for an hour.
Yesterday we got up and prepared the boat to continue our trek downeast. By the time Stephanie was done making the boat shipshape and I was done resealing our port caprail the wind still hadn’t even started to whisper in to Linekin Bay. We started up the trusty diesel and headed out in search of some breeze. When we made it out of the bay however there was still no wind but there was a large swell coming in out of the South. There was also a pod of dolphins leading us farther downeast. We decided to make some headway under motor power and set off for Eastern Egg Rock. Shortly after passing the lighthouse at the northern tip of Fisherman’s island in Boothbay harbor we spotted our first of 6 six seals that we would swing by and check out Rode Trip during the day.
Here is the first landmark that we passed on our way east, the fort at the end of Pemaquid point.
We arrived at Eastern Egg at lunchtime, and were treated to the sight of Puffins. The puffins were reintroduced to the island some time ago, and they seem to be thriving.
We saw several flocks of them swimming around the island. We could get a great view of them with the binoculars. Stephanie thinks that they are “cute…like panda’s…but birds”.
After watching them for a while we picked up a breeze and set off under sail to head out around Shark Island, and finally enter into Penobscot bay!
It looked like rain was coming and the wind died again, so we fired up the engine and motored into Tenants harbor, where we are now safely at anchor in Long Cove.