Blasting and Pups

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 20-30 NW
  • Sky: Sunny with cloudy periods
  • Water: Very rough, 1-2 meter swells

Boats/Visitors

  • Very little boat traffic today

Ecological

  • The youngest elephant seal pup is doing well, staying close to mom with a large male sleeping close by for most of the day.
  • Saw a harbor lone seal on the east side of the island sunning itself.

Notes

  • I’m back at Race Rocks for the rest of this month. Very happy to be here again (:
  • A lot of DND blasting today. Every blast sends hundreds of birds into a frightened, flying frenzy and startles the sea lions off the rocks.

Feb 4th

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-40 NW
  • Sky: Cloudy with sun in the afternoon
  • Water: waves 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by this morning when it was more calm

Ecological

  • The first pup who’s mother has left started exploring today, I was a bit worried when I didn’t see her in front of the house this morning but she was just on the other side of the lighthouse

Notes

  • I will be heading out tomorrow morning, Mikey will be filling in for me and I will be back on Feb 28th

February 3rd

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-15 NW
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by today

Ecological

  • Some photos included of a possibly wounded female juvenile elephant seal that showed up yesterday that I haven’t seen since

Notes

  • finally replaced the flag, because the old one was getting pretty worn out, one of the red stripes was gone
  • ran the diesel and topped up the fresh water tank

Census and Visitors

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 NE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • a few ecotours went by today
  • I  had a couple visitors come from the college to take a little tour around the island

Ecological

  • Another mature female elephant seal showed up this morning, I am unsure if she is pregnant but I guess we will find out in a couple days

Census

  • Stellar Sea Lions – 92
  • California Sea Lions – 117
  • Harbour Seals – 22
  • Elephant Seals – 11 – 5 males, 4 female and 2 pups
  • Cormorants – 97
  • Gulls – 204
  • Eagles –12
  • Black Turnstones – 33
  • Black Oystercatchers – 34
  • Geese – 4
  • Harlequin Duck – 14

Jan 31st

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 NE
  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Water: Calm

Boats/Visitors

  • quite a few fishing boats went by

Ecological

  • Got a photo of the juvenile female on the east side of the island, her tail was tagged D-018, she seemed to be doing alright, no clear injuries
  • The younger pup seems to be cuddling up to both moms quite a bit, she tried to nurse off the other mom again, I didn’t catch her actually nursing off the other mom but included a photo of her trying
  • I suspect the new pup is female as well but I am not completely sure

Notes

  • quite a bit of the roofing came off the tank shed in the last big storm a couple days, I collected it and managed to get most of it in one spot

Beautiful Day

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 0-10 SE
  • Sky: Some clouds, mostly sunny
  • Water: Flat calm for the most part

Boats/Visitors

  • Kyle, Jeff and Jack came by to deliver more batteries and help get that big log off the jetty
  • a couple ecotours and fishing boats went by

Ecological

  • the elephant seals are all doing well
  • as are the sea lions

Notes

  • Having some problems uploading the photos, will try fix it tomorrow

Another Male Elephant Seal

Weather

  • Visibility:15 Miles
  • Wind: 10-45 SW
  • Sky: Cloudy, some sun this morning
  • Water: Waves 1-2 metres

Boats/Visitors

  • a couple ecotours went by this morning

Ecological

  • Another large male elephant seal showed up today, he might’ve been the one that was here a couple weeks ago but he is the only new one since the pup has been born, he looks almost as large as the biggest male who has been sticking around mom and pup