the NORTH ATLANTIC
For over ten thousand years, humans have laid their lives on the line to pursue the abundant resources of these treacherous waters. Today, the rocky coastlines and shattered islands of the Gulf of Maine support an abundance of life at every turn — harbor seals haul out on rocky offshore islands, immense colonies of terns and gulls ply rugged coastlines, and schooling balls of baitfish make offshore canyons and ledges their underwater home.
"The mariner setting forth should contemplate many aspects of this dynamic region, and to consider all parts equally when dabbling in one of mankind’s oldest habits — exploration. It is important to be respectful in your pursuits, and the patient seafarer will have the opportunity to experience this unique part of the world in a way that few can. Marvel at the seabirds as they glide effortlessly overhead, and ponder over the gunwale at an uncountable mass of jellyfish below. Armed with a boat, the proper gear and some common-sense safety precautions, little can stand in the way of the dedicated adventurer. Go out and discover!”
— Introduction from The Gulf of Maine: An Illustrated Field Guide (2012)
Cold arctic currents pump nutrients into these waters, drawing millions of seabirds and whales northward every summer to feast on the abundance of food at higher latitudes. As a changing climate rapidly warms these waters, the Atlantic’s bounty is at serious risk.