Tropical Storm Emily is approaching so Mike wants everyone to stay off the Refuge from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday, so today is the last day of trapping until next March. I caught one male (a recapture from several days ago) and a new lactating female who will have a sore leg for a few days and a PIT tag for the rest of her life, which could be from 3-5 more years. I am still amazed at the fact that I rarely recapture any juveniles marked on the refuge and all adults are new animals or individuals that were marked as adults. I can only conclude that recruitment is primarily from off the Refuge.
This afternoon was hot (around 90 degrees F) so we spent most of the time in the water. I practiced the sport of child throwing by tossing Jonathan, Drue, and Max. Next we played bucking bronco in which each child tries to stay on my back as I thrash around in the surf. I can't think of a better way to spend a sunny summer afternoon in the Caribbean. At sunset, however, it is time to kickback, put your feet up, grab a cool drink, and relax.