51 ecotour boats, 13 pleasure craft,

Monday, August 12, 2002
Good Evening
TEMPERATURE: Max. 21.5 C  Min. 10.1 C  Reset 20.0 C
MARINE LIFE: Happy to report, missing adult goose back with the group today, no signs of trauma and no clue to explain it’s absence.The geese arrived mid-morning and flew off again late safternoon. Saw a group of about 16 Canada Geese in the familiar V formation fly over William Head this evening so I guess it’s that time of year already! Another sign of the coming fall season is the nightly arrival of small groups of sea lions. This morning there were 8 Northern and over 30 California sea lions hauled out, mostly on the rocks just northeast of Middle rock. By noon some Californians were scattered along the ridge of North rocks and several small groups just floating about in the kelp beds. 1 California sea lion has the # 1233 branded on it’s back and saw another with yellow tags on it’s flippers but could not read the number although this evening we tried to get close enough in the boat. Many of the young gulls are finally in the water, the sea conditions were perfect today with barely a ripple, the usual afternoon westerlies did not materialize and it was one of those rare warm evenings on Race Rocks.There were quite a few gulls in the kelp just to the east of Gr. Race, some were Heerman’s gulls with their unmistakable plumage, black feet and red bills.I expect it was much cooler than sitting here on the hot rocks -the young gulls were all panting in the heat.
HUMAN INTERACTION: There were 51 ecotour boats, 13 pleasure craft, the Hyaku in from P.C. with Garry and guests about 13:30 and again about 18:30 -Ryan at the wheel- with a group tour of the M.P.A.
posted by Carol or Mike S at 7:37 PM
Good Morning
WEATHER: Sky Clear  Vis. 15 Wind North East 5 Knots Sea Rippled
posted by Carol or Mike S at 5:15 AM