It is still eight weeks until the Aurora Australis returns to Macquarie Island to resupply the station and deliver the next team that will manage the island. We have started getting ready – stock takes of all the food, field hut requirements, etc, have been done and the shopping is getting done in Hobart. The new team has started training, and we are busy ensuring that the station is ready for them.
Glen (our storeman) has been hard at work getting ready everything that needs to be returned to Australia. Over the last couple of years there have been some major projects completed on the island and the cleanup phase is now happening. Storage is limited, and because we live in the midst of an elephant seal breeding and moulting ground we can’t store much outside unless we can protect it with heavy fencing.
Even the fencing doesn’t stop some of them. A large bull managed to get inside the station boundary, and when he couldn’t get out he just went over the fence – or rather through the fence, as you can see in the photos below.