Endangered Leatherback Sighting
26 July 2015 | Lockport, Nova Scotia
Ch/ overcast, 605?, 18knot SEast winds
We left LaHave River Yacht Club and headed in the drizzle to the famous LaHave Bakery. It was about an hour down rivers. It was all it was cracked up to be, and we enjoyed the gallery, craft shop and walked up town to mail some hand painted post cards. We were once again amazed at the ferry - which gets pulled across the river by a chain with links a food in length. Luckily, it cleared up by noon and we got on our way.
When we left, the wind was good...almost too good, so this time we readied the reefing lines on the main before hoisting it up, and let out the Genoa little by little. The wind was consistently 18+ knots, but the rolling surf wasn't bad, so, as it turned out we never actually reefed the main. While happily sailing along, we noticed Gannets for the first time on our trip. We guessed we had seen them before, assuming they were gulls, but once we saw them they were constantly around. Beautiful to watch fly so close to the waters edge. While Peter was sailing he said, "Look at that weird seal! It doesn't act like most, but it keeps peeping its head out of the water like a seal." Turns out after both looking at it- quite close to the boat - it was an endangered leatherback turtle. We could watch it for some time bobbing on the surface. When we got back to wifi, we confirmed what we saw, and saw that a Canadian non-profit organizational has tagged less than a half dozen and they have their tracking online. We hope to find out which one this is, if it was one of the tagged few. We did report it online and hope to learn more. Exciting!
Lockport was a great find for us. It was a true, working community, somewhat depressed, but still hanging on. We rented a bit of dock from a "Marina"... Really a restaurant like Days Lobster Shack in Yarmouth. They no longer had fuel, charged for water fill ups, but had great scallops and wifi in the restaurant. Within a block was a hardware store with propane fill ups, a grocery store with great local snap peas, a liquor store, a pharmacy, post office...we had not seen this convenience since Northeast harbor! No tourists, but they should have all been there. Next to the "Marina" was a fish processing plant. They process lobster, but only have a season from January- March for lobster, so the rest of the time they import lobster from Maine to process. We really wanted a tour of at place, and to hear some stories....didn't hear those. Rather, we heard the woes of trying to compete with Walmart, and the degradation of the down town for locals. Sounds like Freeport, and other places in Maine. The most amazing part of this town was how they created huge rock walls , like breakwalls" on either side of the harbor to stop the waves, current, etc. The harbor was a calm, man-made protected area that we slept well within. The light house is seen just between the walls of rock, so if the fog comes in you can still find your way.