When the last of the glaciers left by the ice age finally disappeared more than 10,000 years ago, they cleared the way for two evolutionary wonders of the animal kingdom: landlocked salmon and arctic char.
Brook trout measured in pounds rather than inches are not uncommon in the Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine, but there is one fish that stands out above all the rest. He is called White Nose Pete, although some refer to this piscatorial desperado as Pin Cushion Pete.
For nearly 50 years the Gulf of Maine Research Institute has been building knowledge of local waters through research and outreach. GMRI’s mission is perhaps best exemplified by CBASS, its wide-ranging, long-term Casco Bay Aquatic System Survey.