Darts, blue skies and leopard seals

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This week at Macquarie Island: 14 August 2015

This week on Macca the August birthday celebrations continued with Bureau of Meteorology observer Louise celebrating her special day at Bauer Bay hut with Doc Marion.

The Macca darts team met the Mawson crew last week in the final round of inter-station darts. Mark and Dunc were first up in a high scoring game in which the local boys prevailed. Justin and Rich played next, taking the win in the final stages of a close game. Game three was played out with Dan and Ben rounding out the local team of players, in a game that started off throw for throw, and then turned into a marathon. Thanks to all at Mawson station for the match.

Some spectacular blue sky days this week have enabled the trades team to knock off some fair weather jobs that have been awaiting the right conditions. Nick, Ben and Mark were up hills, on roofs, and down by the water, relishing the chance to work unaffected by wind and waves.

We’ve had a week of exciting wildlife sightings with leopard seals appearing, including one creature that parked itself on the isthmus, right in front of the communications building. This created a few surprises for those of us who have become quite used to seeing elephant seals block our way. The raising of a large reptilian head with a mouth full of teeth sent us skipping sideways at a high rate of speed.

Anna and Mark had their whale sightings from Brother's Point last week confirmed as being Southern right whales – a very infrequently sighted species here.

A leopard seal laying on the ice
Leopard seal on the isthmus
(Photo: Justin Chambers)
A leopard seal appears to smile at the camera while relaxing on the ice with station buildings and equipment in the background
Leopard seal and the LARCS
(Photo: Justin Chambers)
A leopard seal laying on the beach with its mouth wide open, showing its teeth
Leopard seal
(Photo: Justin Chambers)
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