The wind blew from the northeast at 13-26 knots. A small swell with whitecaps blew in from the northeast. The barometer dropped from 1024 hPa to 1015 hPa. The temperature reached a high of 5oC at 15:00.
There were no boats seen within the reserve today.
Everyday there appears to be fewer gulls and sea lions in the reserve. An official count will happen on Thursday with the census. There are still a lot of cormorants congregating on the shores of Great Race, as well as Turbine Rock and North Rocks. The harbour seals are hauling out at low tides on various rocky ledges close to the shoreline.
Today was filled with cleaning and wrapping up some tasks that I’ve been doing while here for the past five weeks: construction in the basement of the Marine Science Centre, sorting out photos, and cutting up firewood that was collected at the shore and piled up by the tank house to get the salt rinsed off by the rain. Tomorrow is a shift change that will see Alex arrive for the winter shift. I’ve had a great time as the Ecoguardian, learning lots from the species and history of this beautiful piece of land and sea.
The HMCS Nanaimo, a coastal defence vessel, heads eastward 1.5km from South Island, where a group of sea lions bask in the sun.
A fish bone that has been picked clean lies near a succulent plant called sedum, which covers some of the rock near the lighthouse.
This cannon was taken in 1987 from the ballast of a the Swordfish, which sank near Race Rocks in 1877. The cannon now sits at the base of the lighthouse. Mt. Baker can be seen in the background.
The low tide in the afternoon exposed some thatched barnacles to the air.
The Davis Weather Station with the moon in the background.
The barometer climbed overnight from 1007 hPa and leveled out to 1020 hPa, as the sun rose at 7:14. The wind blew from the north to northeast, around 10 knots for most of the day, with gusts up to 23 knots in … Continue reading →