GloucesterCast 271 With Mike Codair, Chris McCarthy, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Ainsley Smith, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/18


GloucesterCast 271 With Mike Codair, Chris McCarthy, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Ainsley Smith, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/30/18


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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

ThinOptics Cell Phone Reading Glasses- To Purchase $16.96 On Amazon

Cape Ann Coffee Quiche

Mike Codair’s Coffee

Earth Day Events- April 19 Screening A Plastic Ocean, Sat April 21 the Great Gloucester Cleanup, YMCA Teen Leaders Collecting T-Shirts To Make Reusable Bags.

cleangloucester facebook Page

Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Signups Are Live

Poop bags on Boulevard

Chris Wants To Know Why Our Parking Meters don’t operate by credit card or parking meter app.

Lunch at Mile Marker ($5 burgers) and noticed they have a Bacon Club! Buy 5 breakfasts of at least $5, get $5 off on your 6th breakfast.

Pat attended a program at Sawyer Free Library led by Tina Grasso discussing hypnosis and how hypnotherapy can be helpful. Very thought provoking. And she won the door prize!

Bright Mind Services on Facebook @ Tina M Grasso (no spaces)

Tonno and Franklin

Contact Kim For A Copy of Her “We love You Too Snowy Owl” Photo

Seals On the Beach- Injured Seal Hotline 866-755-6622

Stage Fort Park Beaches have sustained significant storm damage and need

Damage At Plum Island- Beaches Being Closed Early



Are these two seals even the same species? 

The answer is yes, both are Atlantic Harbor Seals! By far the most commonly seen seals found along the Cape Ann coastline are Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina), also called Common Seals, and with multiple sightings, they have certainly been making their presence known this past week. The coloring and spotted patterning of the Harbor Seal’s coat is highly variable, as you can see in the above photo, ranging from chocolate brown-black to palest silvery gray.

In recent years, Gray Seals have made an incredible comeback and are seen with much greater regularity in Cape Ann waters. And with their increasing numbers, the Great White Shark is also increasing in number, as Gray Seals are their preferred food. I don’t have a photo of Gray Seals, but found several on wiki commons media for the sake of comparing.

Gray Seals

Notice the Harbor Seals small and concave shaped head.

Harbor Seal vs. Gray Seal

  • Harbor Seals have a head that looks a bit too small for its body, with a concave shape, whereas the Gary Seal’s head is more proportionate, with a long straight snout–no distinguishable brow.
  • Harbor Seals nose nostrils are V-shaped; Gray Seals are shaped like a W.
  • Gray Seals are much larger at maturity: A full grown male Gray Seal weighs about 770 pounds, a full grown male Harbor Seal about 350 pounds, less than half the size of the Gray Seal.
  • When hauled-out Harbor Seals adopt a funny banana shape- ‘head up, tail up’ posture.


Notice the Gray Seals elongated snout and W-shaped nostrils

Harbor Seals V-shaped nostrils

Harbor Seal banana-shape

READ MORE HERE about the different species of seals found in Massachusetts from the Center of Coastal Studies.


Harbor Seals are relatively small (1.5 meters, or 5 feet long), with a coat that varies somewhat with age, wetness and between individuals. Some pups are born with a light colored, lanugo coat (fetal fur that most mammals shed before birth). The lanugo coat is shed within a few weeks of birth. Most seals, though, are born with an adult coat that darkens with age.

Females in this area usually give birth in late spring and early summer. It is thought that females from Massachusetts migrate to quiet islands in New Hampshire and southern Maine to pup. Historically, harbor seals pupped in Massachusetts, and there are increasing sightings of very small pups here in May and June. Pups are able to swim within minutes after birth and can travel with the female while she hunts. On Stellwagen, small pups are often found treading water while waiting for mom to return from a dive.

Adults of both sexes are similar in appearance, with lighter undersides, brown to gray topsides and differing amounts of irregular spots throughout. Harbor seals’ front flippers have relatively small claws, and the claws of their hind flippers are tiny. At sea, they can be hard to spot. Only their heads are visible as they come up for air, their snouts are small and pointed, and they have a small but definite brow. If you have binoculars, you can spot ear openings just behind the eyes.


Profiles of male and female gray seals.
NMFS Permit No. 775-1600-10

Gray Seals, Halichoerus gypus, are the largest seal found in the area, with males growing to 8 feet and weighing over 900 pounds (2.3 m. and 300-350 kg.). Females are somewhat smaller, measuring 7 feet and weighing less than 600 pounds (2 m. and 150-200 kg.). Besides size, the sexes differ in a number of ways: males tend to be darker with few light spots, while females tend to be light with dark, irregular blotches. Young can be easily confused with harbor seals. With a head-on view, gray seals have wide-set nostrils that form a W, while harbor seals have close-set nostrils that form a small V. Sometimes called horseheads, gray seals of both sexes have broad, long snouts that become more pronounced, especially in males.

Gray seals are endemic to the North Atlantic, ranging from the Baltic,western Europe to Canada and Northeastern United States. In recent years, the number of gray seals in New England seems to have grown. It is not yet clear if the Canadian population is simply growing and moving south, or if there are other, environmental factors at work.

Highly gregarious, gray seals are often found in large groups hauled out on quiet sand or rock beaches for rest and breeding. Females in this area, such as Monomoy Island in Nantucket Sound, give birth to one, white-coated pup from late December to mid February. The pup is nursed intensively for about 15 to 20 days on an increasingly fatty milk. Females come into estrus about 2 weeks after weaning their pups. Males are highly competitive over access to groups of females on shore. After fertilization, the embryo stops development and “rests” for 3 to 4 months before development resumes (delayed implantation).

Harbor Seals Brace Cove Gloucester

Beautiful Fish: Alewife -By Al Bezanson


The alewife, like the shad and the salmon makes its growth in the sea, but enters fresh water streams to spawn. This “anadromous” habit, as it is called, forced itself on the attention of the early settlers on our coasts. In the words of an eyewitness, “experience hath taught them at New Plymouth that in April there is a fish much like a herring that comes up into the small brooks to spawn, and when the water is not knee deep they will presse up through your hands, yea, thow you beat at them with cudgels, and in such abundance as is incredible.”  And they are no less persevering in their struggles upstream today. Numbers of them are to be seen in many streams, any spring, alternately swimming ahead; resting in the eddy behind some irregularity of the bottom; then moving ahead again, between one’s feet if one happens to be standing in midstream. And they are much more successful than the shad in surmounting fishways of suitable design.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI


This Saturday, March 31st ,  help out with the alewife count right here in Little River.


Last Chance for Sista Felicia’s Easter Cookies!

Last Chance for “ Sista Felicia’s Kitchen Easter Cookies”! After Filling all orders this is what is Left!

Currently Available For Sale! For Sale! Private Message Orders Only! One 3D Edible Sugar Cookie Bunny Basket Arrangement, Four 3D Chick Sugar Cookie Gift Sets, 4 Sugar Cookie Easter Egg W/Bunny Cookie Gift Sets, and Sicilian Traditional “Cannateddi” Large Bunny Cookies with Hard Boiled Egg Currently Available!!!

To Order:Email

Pier 23 Kitchen is looking to add cooks, dishwashers, servers and food runners to its team


Pier 23 Kitchen is looking to add cooks, dishwashers, servers and food runners to its team. Pier 23 Kitchen is open year round and has opportunities as they continue to grow. Full time and part time available. Weekends and night availability will be given priority. Come grow with Cape Ann’s newest and best restaurant! Please email us at or inquire within at 23 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

Best regards,
Nicholas & Dimitrios Markos
Pier 23 Kitchen
23 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

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7 Central restaurant & pub Manchester by the Sea 2018 Menu

7 Central , 7 Central St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 978.526.7494

Entertainment and Special events information — like kids under 10 (1 per adult) eat free every day and SUNDAY BRUNCH from 11am to 2pm.  “On the 1st and 3rdSundays of the month, the popular CELTIC SESSION delivers Cape Ann’s finest Irish Music upstairs in the 7UP Room. 5 to 8pm. This is always a popular evening, so reservations are suggested.”

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Reiki Training- 1st Degree Shoden

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Let Your Reiki Journey Begin Here on Cape Ann – 

First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching)Two Day, 15-hour training.**

When: Saturday and Sunday. August 28th and 29th.

Where: Gloucester MA.

No pre-requisite necessary. Come with an open-mind and an open-heart!

 Contact Us for Details – 978-283-4258 or Email:

Usui Reiki Ryoho – the Japanese Healing Art/Method that originated in 1922 with Founder USUI Mikao Sensei of Japan. Komyo Reiki System – Hands-on. Nothing More.” A Keep It Simple traditional system of reiki as taught by Buddhist monk INAMOTO Hyakuten Sensei, based on Japanese aesthetics – Less is More.

Learn Reiki (ray-kee) in this traditional apprentice-style training. Class is offered in a beautiful, peaceful setting on Cape Ann and includes instruction, discussion, practice, meditation, attunements (reiju,) manual, ongoing mentoring and more. Learn  the history of Reiki Ryoho…

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Chinese Space Station; Size of School Bus to Crash at Halibut Point 10AM Easter Sunday

Saturday night we should have a Space Station Crash party at Lat 42. Because of the flight path of Tiangong-1, the Space Station which is as large as a regular sized School Bus and Saturday night is included in the 16-hour window of the tumbling fireball’s reentry.
Why Lat 42? Because Lat 42 goes straight through Cape Ann and the Space Station hangs out at that latitude more often than anywhere on earth except for south latitude 42 which is Tasmania. Those devils are throwing a party. So should we.

The exact most northerly position for tumbling school bus is 42.7 north. That is the grout pile centered inside Halibut Point. It will fly straight west to east over the Point 90 minutes before returning to explode over the park spreading flaming debris over miles. 10 AM Easter Sunday is the epicenter of the impact window.


Tumbling Flight path of Tiangong-1 Space Station spends a lot of time at latitude 42.7

[edit] It has been pointed out that the Restaurant is called Lat 43. I will be starting a petition next week to force them to change the name to Lat 42 since Gloucester is latitude 42.6 North. Rounding up is no excuse. Move your restaurant to Isle of Shoals if you want to call yourself Lat 43.

[edit Frid 6:15 PM) 41 hours left. The window has tightened up to eleven hours.

[edit] Update Mar31 8AM. Cape Ann is now out of the range of possible crash sites. Gilette Stadium, Cape Cod, Camp David, and Florida still has a chance of Heavenly Palace falling out of the sky in an inferno of space debris.

Spring Cleanse at Treetop Yoga Studio

Cape Ann Wellness

Copy of Spring Clean Up
Join Amanda and Caitlin for Treetop’s Spring Clean Up:
21 days of Clean Eating, Movement, and Mindfulness
Find yourself heading towards the warmer weather feeling lighter and brighter, as you work to eliminate inflammatory and harmful foods from the diet, move and utilize your body and mind to push out stress and welcome the change of seasons. Mindfully connect to the process, unearth and thaw yourself from any deep winter freeze that might be lingering.
Four In-Person Meetings to Hold You Accountable, Get You Moving, and Share Your Journey of Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Meeting Dates:
Monday, April 2- 7:30-8:30pm 
Sunday, April 8th- 7:30-8:30pm
Sunday, April 15th- 7:30-8:30pm
Monday, April 23- 7:30-8:30pm
We will meet on April 2, a week prior to kick-off, to set up a prep-plan, and use that week to clean out our pantries and mentally prepare for . The next three meetings will include 30-40 minutes of…

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