WTF... How does Maine have more coastline than California?? <mind blown>

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The coastline paradox--the length of the coast is related to the scale of measurement. Maine has more bays, inlets, and islands than California, therefore more coast as you zoom in.
 

Captante

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There are extremely few flat/straight areas of shoreline in Maine... most of it is fairly rugged.
 

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Interesting definition: “tidal shoreline” — which officially takes into account “offshore islands, sounds, bays, rivers, and creeks to the head of tidewater or to a point where tidal waters narrow to a width of 100 feet.

Maine’s “general coastline” runs just 228 miles, compared to California’s 840-mile coastline.

Maine's 3,478-mile “tidal shoreline” is the fourth-longest in the nation, beating out California by just 51 miles.
 

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Kaido

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Yeah but the water is cold, so meh
 

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That's because the distance of total coastline in Maine is greater than that of California.
 

Captante

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Maine is seriously beautiful. :)

Acadia National park in particular rates with any of America's National parks in terms of natural beauty.





But that beautiful blue water IS the North Atlantic (brrr) so if you plan on any water sports better bring a wet-suit!
 
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kage69

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But it also has real lobsters.
I always like watching fans of lobster come to Maine and see a real lobster pound for the first time, pretty soon they're ready to start rippin things apart. I'm not a fan myself, but I've cooked a fair number for others. Plenty of the buggers around these days I guess, so yeah people come up to Maine and have seafood. Do the Cabbage Island deal in Boothbay, prices went up a little I think but it's still worth it. They run a good operation over there and you will not leave hungry.

That first pic above is basically my back yard in Maine too btw. It doesn't suck.
 

dank69

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Not being CA is it's own positive attribute. If I were to move, ME is on my short list. Probably #1, but top five for sure.
CT is about as far north as I can tolerate long term. Maine is definitely a nice vacation destination though.
 

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But it also has real lobsters.
My problem is that I'm a non-taster (supertaster, standard taster, non-taster), so lobster doesn't really taste like anything to me. With hot butter, it's just kind of...chewy butter lol. I've had it all different ways & it just doesn't do anything for me, unfortunately!
 
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My problem is that I'm a non-taster (supertaster, standard taster, non-taster), so lobster doesn't really taste like anything to me. With hot butter, it's just kind of...chewy butter lol. I've had it all different ways & it just doesn't do anything for me, unfortunately!
You poor thing! :worried:

Being a super-taster can suck in some ways though.... I freaking notice everything and it makes me a picky eater in terms of quality. (which really bothers some people)
 
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My problem is that I'm a non-taster (supertaster, standard taster, non-taster), so lobster doesn't really taste like anything to me. With hot butter, it's just kind of...chewy butter lol. I've had it all different ways & it just doesn't do anything for me, unfortunately!
Oof. Sorry to hear that. Maine lobster meat is actually sweet, like crab legs, another favorite of mine.
 
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But that beautiful blue water IS the North Atlantic (brrr) so if you plan on any water sports better bring a wet-suit!
Currently 67-degrees for Maine's ocean water temp. Thats quite balmy compared to us in California with our frigid Pacific water.
59 in Half Moon Bay
61 in Santa Cruz Bay
60 in Pismo
67 in Huntington Beach
70 in San Diego
 
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Currently 67-degrees for Maine's ocean water temp. Thats quite balmy compared to us in California with our frigid Pacific water.
59 in Half Moon Bay
61 in Santa Cruz Bay
60 in Pismo
67 in Huntington Beach
70 in San Diego
A chilly 85 degree sea temperature today in South Florida. Excluding Alaska/Hawaii, I would imagine we have the most 'coastline' regardless of what way you define it. Our lobsters are not as tasty, though.
 
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A chilly 85 degree sea temperature today in South Florida. Excluding Alaska/Hawaii, I would imagine we have the most 'coastline' regardless of what way you define it. Our lobsters are not as tasty, though.
Yeah FL is #2 behind Alaska for coastline. LA is #3.

Man was I disappointed when I tried that warm-water "lobster."
 
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Currently 67-degrees for Maine's ocean water temp. Thats quite balmy compared to us in California with our frigid Pacific water.
59 in Half Moon Bay
61 in Santa Cruz Bay
60 in Pismo
67 in Huntington Beach
70 in San Diego
Ocean temps in Maine vary widely depending on where the measurement is taken. Current ocean temps in Maine range from a "semi-comfy" 70.4f in Biddeford to a "chilly" low of 54.1f in Eastport.

This is todays information for Bar Harbor where the pics I posted were taken:

Water temperature in Bar Harbor (ME) in August (Seatempeture.info)

"Average water temperature in Bar Harbor is 57.4°F and current temp is approx 63f. It can drop as low as 41f during winter."
 
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Captante

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CT is about as far north as I can tolerate long term. Maine is definitely a nice vacation destination though.
My younger daughter went to school in Bangor and winter up there is no joke that's for sure.... AWD/4WD is pretty much mandatory if you need to reliably get around.

They don't get as much actual snow as you might think due to ocean proximity even in Northern area's of the state but what does fall tends to have the consistency of wet-cement and the humidity stays high most of the time so any wind cuts right through you.
 

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