Our week on station has been heavily influenced by all things marine this week.
The week started with many hands dedicated to removing the ocean floor and kelp forests from our doorstep. The isthmus was made trafficable, and kelp and rocks were cleared from access tracks. The green store was swept and cleaned of its load of sand that arrived in under the walls upon visiting surf.
The surf that pounded the shore much of last week dumped a considerable load of marine debris along the west coast. Clean up efforts were limited to Bauer Bay and accessible parts of the north-west featherbed Special Management Area (SMA). A further clean up along the southern featherbed is scheduled for the end of the month. Many of these sites are a day’s walk from station and the amount of debris that we can carry back is limited, and results in much of it being cached for collection at resupply.
The mystery of the green string (fishing line) which continues to wash up on our shores remains unsolved, with approximately 500 pieces being collected over a limited section of coastline. Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife ranger Andrea Turbett is continuing with enquiries.
We were visited by two vagrant species this week! A welcome swallow was found deceased in the green store by Nick. A leopard seal was also discovered resting on west beach for part of Saturday afternoon. Additionally the Antarctic terns have been putting on a show for us congregating at the back of the multi purpose building in numbers of 40 or more.
Our trades team has been busy keeping the incinerator ‘Warren’ serviceable, as well as keeping up the maintenance on the power house and all of the plant and equipment, which is subject to the harshest of conditions here. The cold weather sees our water supply frozen again, and our plumber Ben is closely checking the water main for breaks.
On the social side we celebrated Duncan’s birthday (again) with a fun night of indoor sports.
This week many of the Macca crew has also signed up a team of expeditioners for Dry July, in support of raising money for adults with cancer.