A group of visitors from the college was planned to arrive around noon but the trip was canceled due to poor weather conditions.
- 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
- 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.
- Photos below of The Argent Daisy, a chemical tanker, passing by Race Rocks.
I went off station in the morning with guest, returned before dusk.
Weather: steady west wind, 20-30 knots. Mostly clear sky.
- 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.
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.
I went off station mid-morning and returned mid-afternoon with provisions and a guest.
Weather: Wind SW, 25 knots. Overcast.
Ecological: In the morning there were 2 humpback whales surfacing near the reserve.
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.
Humpback flukes, NE of Race Rocks
Removed broken fire bricks from bottom of wood stove, cleaned out firebox, and replaced broken bricks with intact ones. Inspected baffle and tubes.
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.
- 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.
- 3 ecotour boats after I arrived in the afternoon. Two of them appeared to be within 100 m (DFO setback guideline) of sealions.