There are 57 active lighthouses in the State of Maine, and with good reason. The rocky, craggy shoreline reaches outward, sometimes for miles, with many dangers just below the water. Some lighthouses are closer to shore; others are located on craggy islands a mile or two away from shore where danger still lurks just beneath the waves. Many a sailor owes his life to the old lighthouses. Of course, the rocky shoreline is just one problem a seaman faces, and it's a lesser problem if you ask me. The sea monsters are the real problem because, unlike a rocky underground island, they are free to move wherever they please. This makes them exceedingly dangerous as they can appear, however briefly, wherever they choose. They are skilled in the art of camouflage, and it is easy to pass one by without realizing you have done so. The lighthouses are strategically placed in areas where the sea monsters are known to frequent. This rare photo shows the back of one of the scaly beasts just before it submerged. I was lucky to get it.