High Water Temps Bring Changes to Maine Coast
December 21, 2012
Bangor Daily News: Ed Monat, a seasonal tour boat operator and scallop fisherman from Bar Harbor, has seen a lot in his more than two decades of scuba diving below the waves of Frenchman Bay.
He focuses on finding scallops during winter dives. In the summer, he takes tourists and an underwater video camera with him so they can watch on a large flat-screen monitor as Monat dives and then holds up lobster, starfish, sea cucumbers and other creatures for them to see. Each spring, Monat also leads a cleanup of the harbor and has recovered, among more mundane items, submerged electronics, appliances and even a bronze bust of Procter & Gamble founder William Procter.
One thing Monat never saw underwater prior to this past summer, however, was a 60-plus degree thermometer reading at the bottom of the bay.
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