Out north today for the first time for quite a while, in fact this year and things were in a lot better shape than I expected. Started in the Bay and worked my way to the Range. Left a couple of fleets for another day but have a stack for the Lewiston and the Inn has plenty now. It is pretty busy so all good. An awkward day at time as the swell was still heading down the Sound and it saps the energy a bit but luckily I only had a couple of foul ups to sort and nothing missing. Few accompaniments of sea life and the birds as per usual. This time of year they are getting quite anxious to feed. Building up for the breeding season. The shags and cormorants all have their different characters as some come alongside the boat and take the fish from your hand and others want to but cannot quite take the risk.
Hand fed a kittiwake today for the first time.
They are feisty little birds and have a right go to get their share. Biggish thorn starfish in one of the creels on the shallow ground, when diving to pick up scallops from the scallop farm used to take them ashore as well.
One of the few management jobs that were carried out which was bad for a species. They are a particularly destructive animal and could wipe out a young scallop bed if given the chance.. The fleet, last of the day, had been left as I had promised myself the next time I lifted it I would take it ashore. As it had been lying since December it was covered in squid eggs,
lots of queenies on the rope and even had coral growing on the creel mesh.
The queenies brought back memories of the scallop farm. We grew queenies as well as a sort of side line, did not see any kings amongst the seed, maybe not an area for king settlement. Came across a prawn that had shed, way out of season but we are seeing that more and more.
May be a sign of a stock under pressure or less distinction between the seasons as there used to be. Also some remarkably quick growing coral on the mesh.
And finally an electric blue spiney, one that usually lives in shallow waters and is not so common up this way. Saved by his colours he/she went back over. So now off out for some more as the forecast after today is looking a bit grim again.