4RTH ST DOCK PANO

20121215-Dock Pano,December 15th,2012It was not only overcast today but we actually got several inches of snow this morning! So I wasn’t able to get out. The reason why I took this shot is because I was hoping that some light would come through the clouds & light up the harbour? It almost did! Lone Cone got lite up but only for a few minutes & that was it!
So i thought what the hell,I’ll shoot it anyways. Just a few token shots before I leave for vacation folks.
I’ll be back in January! Have a great holiday!

NO ROOM AT THE INN!

20121214-IMG_151820121214-IMG_1519A clearing developed overnight & it gave me the opportunity to get out!
Probably the last time of the year for me! I leave for a three vacation from Tofino on Sunday & will not be back until January 8th.
The tide was very high again,so putting the boat in the water was a challenge once again! I made sure to push the choke all the way in this time!
Went down to cannery to visit with my Lion friends. I was shocked to find yet another Lion with a wire around it’s throat!
I found another Lion with the identical wire around it’s throat last February. It most likely starved to death or died of infection from being in a weakened state. The same fate awaits this Lion!
It is a young male Californian sea Lion. It’s condition is good for the moment,but I suspect that is because this wire is recent?
Because I am leaving,I will not be able to observer this unfortunate creature & report back to you. Once I come back,I will see if it is still around?

Said good bye to my Lion friends & headed over to Rankin rocks. I found several thousand Dunlin’s coating the rocks! They all had their little beaks tucked into their feathers resting.
I continued on down into Tranquil to check on the Trumpeter swans residing there. There normally is 6 but only 4 were there today. They spook so darn easy!!

Went to Gunner Inlet on the off chance of finding one of my bear friends,but with the tide being so high & it being so cold out,I knew the odds were slim to none & Slim just left the building!
Decided to come back into town for sunset but noticed the next Frontal system had moved in to snuff the light. You can see that with the shots of Romeo.

Had a good shoot today but finding that entangled Sea Lion upset me!

You can see how high the tide was in this shot. All the Cormorants had very little room left on the rocks! Most of these are Brandt’s with a few Double-Crested thrown in for good measure

ENTANGLED SEA LION!

20121214-IMG_154720121214-IMG_155120121214-IMG_157520121214-IMG_162320121214-IMG_1625This is that Sea Lion I found with a wire around it’s throat! I found another one last February with a very similar wire around it’s neck as well.
Trying to get this wire off is a tricky affair! We would have to wait until it was near death so that it could be approached! If we tried that right now,it would jump into the ocean before we got within 50 feet!
Waiting is the only way to capture it. It has to weaken enough that it can be approached! This unfortunately means that it’s state of health is precarious at best! It most likely will die of starvation or infection from it’s weakened state!
This wire almost looks like a snare?