Epilogue: Relaxation

IMG_1152Over the next two days we really relax and enjoy the Rock. Saturday morning we notice the seals creeping up quite close to the house. Then the peregrine falcon shows up again. We being wondering if our presence has an effect on how the island is used by birds and seals, and if a quieter island equals higher diversity and greater presence. Tanya does one more seal count. This is  her largest count of the season with almost 450 seals; she also counts over a dozen seals with blood on their bodies. We also catch sight of both fully moulted and healthy seal pups: a nice bookend to our stay on the island.

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On Sunday afternoon I speak with Chris about a pick up on Monday. He agrees that weather looks okay and we make a plan. The tide is high at 0500, so we are going to shoot for a pre-dawn departure. Chris will arrive at 0530.

Tanya and I pack up the rock, this time for good. We board up windows, clean, take inventory, and pack our things. We wheel the outboard into the kitchen to heat up. I will leave the heater on overnight to keep it warm.

Two more bloody seals. Seal on left looks like a prop wound, on right like a bite.

Two more bloody seals. Seal on left looks like a prop wound, on right like a bite.

Harbor seals have wounds as well

Harbor seals have wounds as well

 

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