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Ishmael

What the heck was it??

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I was out in Saco Bay today, about a 1/2 mile off of Ferry Beach, and we saw something BIG break the surface a couple of hundred yards away. It sprinted across the surface very fast for 50 feet or so, throwing up spray, It was chasing something. I didn't see any obvious fin.

 

It was too big to be a blue, and I don't think seals do that. Sturgeon definitely don't. The only thing I can figure is that it was a football tuna.

 

Anybody have any ideas?

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Yeah, I saw a pair of porpoises last year, right off the pier in OOB. We didn't see any noticeable dorsal fin, though. It was also accelerating rapidly across the water for a long distance. I don't think porpoises do that.

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Porpoise or seal, I'd guess.  I've seen grey seals down on the Cape just tearing along, I don't know if our harbor seals can fly that fast but obviously all seals look 100x faster in the water than the stodgy blimp look they give sunning on the rocks.

 

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Yeah, mainefinn's probably right - tuna.  I didn't even think of that but like mainefinn I've seen them plenty close and with blues around it easily could have been a tuna blowing up some 'bait.'

 

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Likely a Tuna, I saw a 3-400 pounder completely airborn several times chasing bluefish IN the piscataqua river in the middle of the afternoon, with other pleasure boats around.

 

Looked like 8 feet long, I know because the wake of this missle rocked out boat.

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