Anemone Cave and Schooner Head Overlook

 

    Anemone Cave

The photograph above shows a close-up picture of Anemone Cave. The next photograph shows how this cave is situated in this part of the coast on Frenchman Bay. 

Anemone Cave from the South 

Anemone Cave is located at the base of the Schooner Head Overlook in Acadia National Park. A trail leads from the right side of the Schooner Head Overlook to the top of Anemone Cave. This cave is not currently identified on the park map or other literature in order to protect the delicate environment of the cave. The cave is home to various sea creatures including sea anemones. There are numerous caves of this sort along the shore of Mount Desert Island. Like Anemone Cave, some of them are in Acadia National Park. Exploring this cave and others like it can be dangerous. The rocks are very slippery and the tide can come in quickly. If you do explore these caves, use care, ensure you know the tide schedule and don't disturb the delicate wildlife.

Northern Rock Barnacle

The photograph above shows a colony of Northern Rock Barnacles at Anemone Cave. The insert shows a detail of seven mature Northern Rock Barnacles and numerous smaller barnacles. The Northern Rock Barnacle is of the phylum Arthropoda, Arthropods, which are animals with exoskeletons made of chitin (C8H13O5N)n, the same chemical that forms the cellular walls of fungi. In order to grow, arthropods must molt. The  photographic insert shows barnacles in various stages of development. The barnacles must molt often. The Northern Rock Barnacle is in the class Crustacea (crustaceans), along with shrimps and lobsters. Their genus and species is Balanus balanoides, which is Latin for a shellfish shaped like an acorn. This barnacle feeds when under water by extending six feather-like tentacles. The shells of this barnacle are hard and sharp and can cut skin easily. Do not walk on them barefooted or grab at them.

 The photograph below shows a tidal pool at Anemone Cave. Seaweed can be seen in the photograph and what may be aquatic animals. There is clearly a great deal of life in this pool. Among the seaweed are probably large numbers of hidden crustaceans. Among the crustaceans are, most likely, barnacles that are feeding.

Tidal Pool at Anemone Cave

The next photograph shows the Schooner Head Overlook observation deck with the sun rising over the Schoodic Peninsular across Frenchman Bay. This photograph was taken at sunrise on Easter morning 2010. The trail to Anemone Cave begins through the break in the granite wall to the right of the photograph. Egg Rock Light is on the small island, called Egg Rock, to the left of center.

Schooner Head Overlook

The photograph below is a close up of Egg Rock. The larger building is an active lighthouse that emits a pulsing red light. Lighthouses emit light in a specific pattern that enables sailors to identify a specific lighthouse at great distances. These patterns can be a single pulsing light, a single light with group pulses or multiple colored lights with single or grouped pulses. Navigational maps indicate the characteristics of the lighthouse. In the case of Egg Rock Light, the maps indicate "Fl R 5s 64ft 14M, Horn." This code can be translated using "Chart No. 1, United States of America, NAUTICAL CHARTS, Symbols Abbreviations and Times." This "chart" is actually a book. One learns that Egg Rock Light is a fixed light with a single flash (Fl) that flashes red (R) for 5 seconds (5s) and is dark (off) for 5 seconds. The light is 64 feet above the shoreline (64ft) and has a visible range of 14 nautical miles (14M). When fog is present, a horn sounds in addition to the light (Horn). This photograph was taken from the Schooner Head Overlook with a telephoto lens.

Egg Rock Light

 

House at Schooner Head

Schooner Head itself is not a part of Acadia National Park but is privately owned and on which are several "cottages" one of which is shown in the photograph above. The name "Schooner Head" comes from a rock coloration on the vertical surface of the head that resembles a schooner under the right lighting conditions. Unfortunately, this part of the head can only be seen from the bay. The top of Schooner Head can be seen from the Schooner Head Overlook observation area by looking north, that is, to the left as one faces the bay. The house shown in the photograph is easily spotted from the overlook.

The Schooner Head Overlook is off Park Loop Road to the left just before the toll booths. One can also drive to this location along Schooner Head Road in Bar Harbor. Schooner Head Road begins at Main Street or Route 3 in Bar Harbor. If one is traveling south on Main Street from the Village of Bar Harbor, Schooner Head Road is to the left just before the Jackson Laboratory campus. If one is traveling north on Main Street from the Village of Otter Creek, Schooner Head Road is the first right beyond the Jackson Laboratory campus. Pay attention to the road signs. Schooner Head Road continues across the access road for Schooner Head Overlook to Great Head.

 

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