Feb 27: wind 10-20 knots N to NE, cloudy and some rain. 2 whale watching boats.
Chunk was back on the island again. As he came up from the boat ramp the female left the pup to get away from Chunk. Chunk spent a while sniffing the pup and then stayed with it for a while. Eventually he continued up the path but didnt pursue the female.
Feb 28: Sunny, wind 5-10 NE.
Working on cleaning, packing, finishing up a few projects for the upcoming end of my shift. Finally got around to finishing with the shoreline garbage sorting/inventory. This is all the garbage that washed up around the jetty during the past 3 months. The majority of it came in during the heavier NE wind storms. It includes: 82 lids, 9 lighters, 16 plastic straws, 6 pens, 106 shotgun shells of wadding, 5 shoes/sandals/soles, 12 plastic cigarette/cigar butts, 2 party balloons, as well as countless random plastic pieces, soft plastic and various size chunks of styrofoam.
March 1: Partly sunny, wind variable 10-20 knots, light rain in late afternoon/evening. The female elephant seal has now been away from the dead pup for a couple days, resting on the lawn in front of the main house. The ravens and eagles have begun eating the softer tissue on the pup’s face. Chunk has been very docile lying next to path on the way to the guest house, we have been passing back and forth past him for various tasks and he barely moves. The female has stayed by the main house, also very passive and resting.
Packing, cleaning and finishing up: cleaned tank room, did month end records, switched out empty propane, sealed compass on whaler, firewood stacking, topped up battery bank. Preparing for end of shift tomorrow and switch with Nick.