Freeze up coming

A group of visitors from the college was planned to arrive around noon but the trip was canceled due to poor weather conditions.

Weather:

  • Fog horn started up at 1 am, light fog, didn’t last very long.
  • Wind NE 15-25 knots most most of the day.
  • The forecast is calling for temperatures to fall below freezing in the coming days.
  • Fresh snow visible along the coast in Metchosin

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Maintenance:

  • Checked on exposed water lines, started up assistant house furnace to keep above freezing.
  • Did some clean up of blown off roof shingles, broken gutters, pipe, etc.
  • Ran derrick engine
  • Cleared boat ramp
  • Generator automatically shut down due to overspeed fault.
  • Requested new log peavey to replace old broken one.

Boats:

  • Photos below of The Argent Daisy, a chemical tanker, passing by Race Rocks.

 

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Weather: steady west wind, 20-30 knots.  Mostly clear sky.

Ecological:

  • One humpback whale was visible near the reserve for several hours beginning around noon.
  • 3 Male elephant seals have been staying mostly on Great Race, traveling individually to middle rock occasionally.
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Humpback between North Rock and William Head

Maintenance: Flushed rainwater barrel pipe to cistern.

Boats: 1 ecotour, caused some disturbance of sealions near jetty as well as on South Islands.

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Weather

North wind, 10 knots in the morning.  Stronger Easterly winds up the straight directed swells into the jetty throughout the day.  Wind direction shifted to West in the evening and picked up to over 30 knots with rain. Visibility dropped to around 1 mile in the afternoon.

Ecological: Before dusk I saw a lone humpback whale surfacing near the reserve.

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Humpback flukes, NE of Race Rocks

Maintenance

Removed broken fire bricks from bottom of wood stove, cleaned out firebox, and replaced broken bricks with intact ones.  Inspected baffle and tubes.

Guardian shift change

Guy left the station around 800 in the morning. We met around noon at the college and debriefed. I came out in the whaler and landed around 1400.  I will be here for the month of December.

Ecological

  • There were 3 male elephant seals on Great Race when i arrived, 2 of them are adult including Chunk, the other appears to be adolescent.  There was another male elephant seal on West Rock.
  • There are more sealions in the reserve than I recall from previous years at this time and they are more present on Great Race as well,  including a persistent congregation on and around the jetty.

Boats

  •  3 ecotour boats after I arrived in the afternoon.  Two of them appeared to be within 100 m (DFO setback guideline) of sealions.

November seawater data

YSI YSI
Temp Sal
Day Time ºC ppt
1 13:50 31.7 10.4
2 13:50 31.8 10.3
3 13:50 31.7 10.4
4 13:50 31.6 10.3
5 12:08 31.3 10.6
6 10:10 31.6 10.6
7 10:03 31.3 11
8 10:00 31.5 10.7
9 10:03 31.4 10.7
10 10:25 31.3 10.9
11 10:45 31.5 10.7
12 11:15 31.4 10.7
13 11:48 31.5 10.5
14 12:06 31.5 10.7
15 16:00 31.4 10.3
16 15:00 31.2 10.2
17 13:00 31.2 10.2
18 x x x
19 14:00 31.2 10.2
20 13:00 31.4 10.2
21 x x x
22 12:00 31.6 10.2
23 11:00 31.4 10.3
24 12:00 31.3 10.4
25 13:00 31.6 10.2
26 12:00 31.4 10.3
27 12:00 31.5 10.1
28 13:00 31.4 10.1
29 14:00 31.5 10.3
30 12:00 31.4 10.2

Last Full Day of the Shift

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 15-20 knots W, later 10 knots E, then 20 knots N
  • Sky: sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon
  • Water: calm
  • Too cloudy to see the large moon tonight.

Ecological

  • 3 elephant seals on Great Race.
  • The little female did not return with the others.
  • I observed two armadas of cormorants in the afternoon.
  • Then they all flew away!
  • Also one young seagull is wandering around with a broken wing.
  • I think it is the same gull that I saw a couple of weeks ago.

Maintenance

  • Added one 55 gallon barrel of diesel to the tidy tank.
  • Finished hauling the various unused pieces of the electric fence back to the tank shed.
  • Stacked some firewood.
  • Cleaned the house for Guy.
  • Published the July, August, September, and October seawater data sheets on the website.

Boats

  • One boat appeared to be inspecting the Rosedale Rock buoy.
  • Two eco-tours came by.

Other

  • This is my last log post out at Race Rocks, until next time.
  • Hopefully I will be back out here in the springtime!
  • Signing off now. Good luck Guy (and Alex)!

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Rainy Day

Weather

  • Visibility: 10 miles
  • Wind: 5-15 knots N/NE
  • Sky: overcast with showers
  • Water: calm

Ecological

  • 4 elephant seals on Great Race.
  • They all headed down to the water in the late afternoon.
  • Saw a pair of killdeer in the nocturnal hours.

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Maintenance

  • Added some diesel to the tidy tank.
  • The usual chores.
  • Started preparing for my Tuesday departure.

Boats

  • Did not see any boats.

Gale Force Winds and Peregrine Falcon

Weather

  • Visibility: 10 miles
  • Wind: 0-5 knots NW in the morning
  • By 11:10 up to 25 knots West
  • By 11:25 33 knots, 11:55 40 knots West
  • Post 12:00 steady at 30-35 knots West
  • Late afternoon into darkness 15-20 knots West
  • Sky: mix of sun and cloud
  • Water: 2′ chop

Ecological

  • 4 elephant seals on Great Race.
  • They were very playful today.
  • Pam Birley spotted a Peregrine falcon with the webcam!
  • She took these 4 photos for us!

Maintenance

  • Back flushed the desalinator.
  • Ran the desalinator.
  • Uploaded June Seawater data to the website.

Boats

  • Did not see any boats in the reserve.