We have mainly low winds except on the Monday 26th where we got to 40knots from West otherwise it has been between 5knots to 15knots
I spotted the 2 first gull chicks and they were 4/5days old …there are for sure more than 2 and the adults gulls are getting aggressive. I saw a river otter and 2 young ones under the crane like usual.7 Elephant seals are steady on the rocks( moulting time). No Sea lions at all.The eagles get motivated and 2 attacked at the same time!
I could count 80 fishing boats but not closed, ecotourism vessels full as usual.
Usual chores ..the solar panels got pretty dirty and needs attention. I transferred the last 240 liter of oil in the main house tank
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.