4RTH ST.DOCK PANO

20130930-4RTH ST DOCK PANO,SEPT 30TH,2013

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INJURED SEAL

20130926-IMG_709520130926-IMG_7098It’s been 9 straight days without getting out in my boat! I did get out last night to the beach but that was just filler. Getting out in the remote areas is where it’s at!
I had already decided to go all the way down to Tranquil creek to check on the salmon! It takes me the better part of a hour to get down there! I wanted to see if the Chum salmon had entered the system yet? Sure enough,I found hundreds swimming around in schools!
I’m trying to get some underwater footage with my Go Pro? I’ve built a simply device I call a “drift rig”. It looks like a big “T” in shape. The top of the “T” is wood,so it floats while the bottom is 18 inches below the water. I put the camera (in it’s water tight case) at the bottom of the “T”. I than look for a school of salmon & go upstream of them. I start the camera & release the drift rig. It than drifts very slowly downstream through the school. The salmon are not spooked by it because of it’s size & so It can get really close! They sometimes hit it!
It’s a work in progress. I have no control over it once I release it,so sometimes it turns around & is looking the wrong way!
I envision in the future using a remote controlled rudder to silently guide it left or right as it slowly drifts downstream…….or that’s the plan at least!
I went up to where the old bridge was. I was surprised to see a bunch of men further upstream from me! I quickly realized it was the salmon enhancement boys doing their thing! These guys make sure the salmon are basically happy campers.
It looked like they were sampling? They had two inflatable boats & a seine net.
While I was watching them,two bears came out at the same time on either side of the creek! One crossed the creek & spooked the other.
I noticed that the guys were keeping eye on this bear. After all they had some tasty salmon! They also had a dog with them! They always take a dog with them when they do these sampling ventures. Just the barking of a dog is enough to chase away even the biggest of bears!

Decided I better start heading back & left the system. Found a bear sitting on it’s butt out front where the estuary was. Got a few shots & continued along on my merry way!
Stopped at Rankin rocks to take a few shots of some migrating birds & harbour seals hauled out.
It was around this time I noticed a large thick cloud system moving in from the west & I knew instantly the days shoot was over!
Couldn’t do much but head back into harbour with my fingers crossed that there might be a thinning or thin clearing for the sun to poke through?
Not a chance Lance! I knew it was the leading edge of a large frontal system & those things have no mercy!
Took a few shots of either Tim or Tam at Lovekin point & that was all she wrote for me tonight! I went in early.

Still,it was great to be able to get out after 9 days of being land locked. It looks like this system will pass in about a week? This time of the year is brutal for being able to get out, so I just roll with it.

I bet I know what happened to this Seal! I use to be a fish farmer & have seen this type of wound several times before. Surrounding all fish farms is a special net called a “Predator Net”.(Pred Net) If a Seal or Sea Lion try’s to get at the fish,this net stops them. Sometimes a Seal’s head gets caught in the net. In the struggle to release it’s self (before it drowns) it injures the neck area! It looks worse than it is,but they do survive!