High tides and big waves

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-15 SE
  • Sky: Overcast
  • Water: Choppy 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • I have not seen any boats today

Ecological

  • The 8 day old pup is doing very well so is the mother and the big guy beside them

Notes

  • very large waves today and the tide seemed higher than usual
  • the wind speed has been going up down, from nothing to 15
  • also saw a very small pod of killer whales, maybe 3 or 4 of them

Jan 16th 2018

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 NE
  • Sky: Partly cloudy, mostly sunny
  • Water: Choppy less than a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • The 7 day old pup is doing well
  • The mature male elephant seal is staying near the pup and mother
  • Saw one of the 3 juvenile males around but the other two were somewhere else today, didn’t even see them when I went to do the water sample by the jetty

Notes

  • had some beautiful sunrises and sunsets lately so I haven’t had to run the generator as much

 

January 15th 2018

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 15-20 NE
  • Sky: Partly cloudy, some sunlight this morning
  • Water: Choppy less than a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • a few ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • The 6 day old pup is doing well
  • The other 5 elephant seals are doing well too
  • still quite a few sea lions around

Sunshine

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-15 NE
  • Sky: Partly cloudy, mostly sunny
  • Water: Choppy less than a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today
  • also some snorkelers

Ecological

  • The 5 day old pup is doing well
  • The mature male elephant seal is staying near the pup and mother and the three juvenile males are scattered around the island

Green-winged Teal

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 Miles
  • Wind: 15-25 NE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Choppy about 1 metre

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • The 4 day old pup is doing well
  • The largest male was on the other side of the lighthouse today but came “running” when he heard the mother yelling at one of the juveniles getting too close, the big guy came and chased him off so Springtide ecotours got a bit of show today
  • Also some Green-winged Teals today along with harlequins, oystercatchers and eagles

Jan 12th 2017

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 Miles
  • Wind: 5-10 S
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Choppy about 1 metre

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle came by today to help me fuel the generator

Ecological

  • The pup seems to be doing well, the largest male is staying near the mom and pup and is chasing the 3 smaller males off when they get too close
  • There appears to be a small female sea lion, stellar by the colouring by the jetty that doesn’t appear to be doing too well

Census and update on pup

Weather

  • Visibility: 10-15 miles
  • Wind: ranging 20-30 NE
  • Sky: cloudy
  • Water: choppy 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • Not much boat traffic, saw a couple helicopters though

Ecological

  • The pup born on tuesday is doing well
  • The larger male is keeping the smaller 3 males away from the mom and pup
  • still a few sea lions around

Census

  • California Sea Lions – 76
  • Stellar Sea Lions – 58
  • Elephant Seals – 6 (4 males, 1 female and 1 pup)
  • Harbour Seals – 32
  • Cormorants – 128
  • Gulls – 94
  • Oyster Catchers – 24
  • Black Turnstones – 27
  • Eagles – 4

Elephant Seal Pup

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 30-35 SW
  • Sky: Sunny this morning, overcast the rest of the day
  • Water: choppy, up to a metre

Boats/Visitors

  • There were a couple boats around

Ecological

  • The only female elephant seal on the island had her pup this morning
  • the 4 male elephant seals have been very curious about it
  • The largest male has chased off the other 3 males anytime they get close to the female
  • The pup has almost been trampled a few times, so I guess we will see how it is doing tomorrow

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Break from the rain

Weather

  • Visibility: 15 miles
  • Wind: 5-10 NE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: mostly calm

Boats/Visitors

  • A few boats around, fisherman and ecotours
  • A coast guard helicopter flew over numerous times today

Ecological

  • The same 4 males and 1 female elephant seals
  • still about 100 sea lions I think, mostly stellar
  • A lot of eagles around

Also included photos I took of some oyster catchers I saw on Dec 1st the day I left for my winter break

Rain

Weather

  • Visibility: 10 miles in the morning, cleared up a bit
  • Wind: 5-15 N throughout the day
  • Sky: Cloudy all day
  • Water: mostly calm a bit choppy

Boats/Visitors

  • Didn’t notice much boat traffic today

Ecological

  • The same female and 4 male elephant seals scattered around, seemed like less sea lions but that could be because it was a bit stormier today