Cloudy with light wind in the morning. Calm seas. Rain. Moderate NE winds in the afternoon. Low East swell.
The helicopter landed around 1000 hrs
It came in from the East. Circled Greater Race once. Then on it’s second trip around it nosed in from the South-East and landed on the helicopter landing pad at 1007.
As best as I can tell there were 3 people inside it.
They stayed for less than 5 minutes. The guy in the back at the sliding door took pictures of the lighthouse. In the photograph you can see he’s only using his cell phone.
The number on the side was 437.
Our seawater sample methods have changed as of tomorrow. Our contact at IOS informed me that we will now only be using the digital YSI salinity and temperature meter. And once a month we are supposed to collect a sample using the old method for quality control and to monitor any measurement drift on the digital meter
YSI digital salinity and temperature meter. Provided by the Institute of Ocean Sciences
Off station from 1130 to 1330
Jamieson is back on the big island
-took in garbage and regular recycling
-took in electronics for recycling
-worked on SOP
Cloudy with scattered showers. Calm in the morning moderate West wind in the afternoon.
Tour boats: 2
There were four eagles cruising around the reserve in the morning.
The sea lions spent the previous night and day on the East side of the island, just bellow my bedroom.
November 16th, 17th, and 18th we have an 8.9 ft (2.7 m) tide. The high tide on the 16th is called a perigean spring tide (as in the tide is “springing forth,” not the season). These tides occur when the moon is at it closest point in orbit to earth and the moon and the sun are lined up so that their gravitational pull is in the same direction; All of which results in some of the biggest tides of the year. There is an effort now to take photographs of areas and infrastructure that are strongly affected by Spring tides in order to better understand the potential impacts of sea level rise caused by climate . Search ‘king tide photo initiative” for more information.
Spring tide + storm
Spring tide + storm
Spring tide + storm
Spring tide + storm looking South
-Cleaned keeper’s house basement
-Finished topping up water to battery bank
-Worked on SOPs
Jamieson is still out here
Clear sky. Moderate W winds.
1 Tour Boat
27 Canada Geese
2 Cackling Geese
1 White Fronted Goose
6 Oyster Catchers
1 Elephant seal
58 Harbour Seals
498 California Sea lions
345 Stellar Sea lions
A raft of ~ 125 California Sea lions
Cormorants on South Islands
Stellar Sea lions on South Islands
Cormorants on South Seal Rocks
Sea lions in the surge channel South of the Student House.
Branded Stellar #8329
-prepped student house, but group cancelled
-pressure washed walkways
-cleaned and organized Boston Whaler
Overcast. Moderate W winds.
Erik brought the Boston Whaler out this morning to see how it sits on the new boat cradle.
Maceik and the college’s new volunteer Nick came out as well to surface tend.
Erik and I went for a short dive to clean the camera.
Off station from 1100 to 1300.
The day started with moderate NE, and dropped to light variable SE. Low E swell in the am. Glassed off this evening. Scattered showers.
Erik dropped the new boat dolly/cradle off this afternoon. With some slight modifications, it came up the track just fine. Tomorrow we’ll see how the boat sits on it (fingers crossed).
[Daily Marine Conservation Link]
The area around Race Rocks is a Rockfish Conservation Area, which means that any type of fishing that could impact rockfish is prohibited. Established by DFO, there are over 100 sites on the BC coast. It is a complicated issue that involves many stakeholders and even more species. The debate is a heated one (as are all fisheries debates in this province) and, despite some level of protection, there is still concern regarding the risk to these long-lived and sensitive fish, as well as the habitat in which they live. Today’s link is an editorial about some of the conservation progress that has been made because the fisherman are concerned about the sustainability of the resource, and their livelihoods, to a point that they are voluntarily working with NGOs and the government.
Overcast. Light winds.
1 dive boat
1 tour boat
Had the students help scrub and pressure wash the Student House.
-topped up half the battery bank
Overcast. Scattered showers
Christian + Advisees arrived this afternoon