Saturday evening as the storm was subsiding, the communication lines went dead out here at Race Rocks. After trying all the normal fixes on my side, I was informed via cellphone that the problem lay at Pearson College. The College had lost power from some internal breakdown, and so no internet or phone line was being sent my way over the air. Once things were up and running again this morning, I was able to reestablish connection to the internet and phone lines.
Rather than submitting a log entry for each missed day, I will simply provide a summary of each day’s main events. And pictures as always!
Saturday 15 October 2016-Fierce Storm
Day began at 7:00 with winds of 15-20 knots NE.
9:45 30 knots East
13:00 35 knots East
13:30 45 knots East
14:30 50~ knots East!
15:20 45 knots East, communications down.
16:50 communications returned.
17:00 30 knots East
Around 18:30 communications down for good.
19:00 15 knots West
20:30 30 knots South-West
One month remaining in my shift.
Sunday 16 October 2016-Pelican
Visibility: 15 miles
Wind: 10-15 knots East
Water: 1′ chop
Saw a single brown pelican today!
Failed to get a picture though.
Branded California sea lion 8465.
8 elephant seals on Great Race today.
A small group of California sea lions began sleeping on top of the e-seals.
To my surprise the elephant seals don’t seem to mind.
Monday 17 October 2016-Peregrine Falcon!
Visibility: 5 miles
Wind: 0-5 knots East
In the early evening a pigeon flew into a window, presumably breaking its neck.
Immediately a Peregrine falcon swooped down to inspect its prey.
I assume the falcon was the reason the pigeon hit the window at such a speed.
The falcon then flew way up into the sky, before returning to make off with the meal.
Steaming sea lions!
Raptor and prey
Peregrine falcon and the heavens!
Tuesday 18 October 2016-Bio-mimicry Visitors (and Alex!)
Visibility: 15 miles
Wind: 0 knots
A rainstorm appeared from about 10:00-12:00.
A rather sunny afternoon!
Kyle came out with Alex Fletcher and a biology group.
The 6 visitors were studying bio-mimicry.
How can humans improve our technology by copying successful animals?
The organization that they are involved with is one of our donors.
They were very interested in the sea lions, seals, and birds.
The fog came in and out during the night and as dawn arrived, there was a west-southwest wind that blew all day varying little from west, as the day progressed and keeping up a continual 25 – 35 knots. It was quite cloudy here until early evening when the clouds lifted a little. Light levels were down a little, and so were temperatures, even more so, with the wind chill. The gale whipped the seas into a frothy mix of gray and white. The barometer didn’t do much today and the forecast remains the same, with a few more clouds Monday and gale warning continuing.
Only three whale watching boats were noted in the Ecological Reserve today although there may have been more. It was too rough for the smaller, open boats. One large sports fisher went through.
I spent most of the day indoors today so my usual, long ramblings about ecological happenings will have to wait.
Overcast and rain in the morning, sunny in afternoon
Wind: 1-11 knots from the W and N in the morning, 22-46 knots from the W from the late morning onwards
Air Temperature: Low 9.3°C, High 11.3°C
Ocean Temperature: 9.2°C
A gale warning in the afternoon, with winds gusts up to 46 knots, remained in effect for the rest of the day. The gulls had a hard time sitting and claiming their nesting sites when the wind gusts reached 46 knots. Due to the winds, the afternoon was filled with indoor tasks like cleaning, organizing the basement and drinking tea. The winds diminished in the evening.
Hanne Christensen, one of the visiting Pearson students, took some photos around the island yesterday and today. They are included in the gallery below.
Rough seas off the south side of the ecological reserve.
A sea lion leaps out of the water, while another one lays on the South Islands.
A california sea lion on the west side of Great Race. Photo: Hanne Christensen
The lighthouse eclipses the sun. Photo: Hanne Christensen
Goose-neck barnacles and intertidal anemones. Photo: Hanne Christensen
Intertidal anemone. Photo: Hanne Christensen
A blood star amongst mussels in the intertidal zone. Photo: Hanne Christensen