Monday, January 16, 2017

1/16/2017 DB's Dailies: Right Spot @ Irma's, RM38 @ Rabbit Island, Kawena@Kaupo Beach Park, Pohaku@Tracks, Kerby@Maili, R5AY & RI37 @ Hauula,

At 0710 I found Right Spot (R016) at Irma’s, 300 ft east of the Kealahou traffic . I immediately called the HMMA Hotline. She was still there on my 1400 recheck.

 At 0748 I arrived at Makai Pier for Rabbit Island observations and found RM38 at Seal Rock Inlet. There has been lots of RI activity of late, but today. RM38 was the one and only RI cast member.

 I’d been periodically checking Kaupo Beach Park, from the pier all morning. At 1019 Gayle called to advise that Kawena (RH36) was just hauling out right in front of her. When I panned down, sure enough, there was Kawena, newly arrived. Gayle advised that she had called the Hotline.

 Diane Gabriel called at 1317 to advise that she was just finishing up a shift with RI37 & R5AY in Hauula.

 At 0919 Team Billand checked in to advise that they had found Pohaku (RO28) at Tracks.  Local beach users had put up chairs and tow straps at the accesses to her to keep her from being run over, since the area is a 4WD nightmare.

 At 1205 Team Billand found Kerby (RW08) in Maili.

 Right Spot 
R5AY and RI37  (Mother and Daughter)
 R5AY aka Honey Girl
 RI37 aka Ipo

Sunday, January 15, 2017

1/15/2017 DB's Dailies: Right Spot & Kawena@Kaupo Beach Park, Buster, RM38&Kea@Rabbit Island, Rocky@Iroquois Point,

I arrived at Makai Pier at 0745, and after setting up panned down to check Kaupo Beach Park. At 0748 I spied what would prove to be Right Spot (R016) and a few seconds later saw that Kawena (RH36) was also there, 50 ft west of Right Spot. I immediately contacted the HMMA Hotline with that info.

 The bumper crop of campers on this 3 day weekend insured that interactions would occur. Mostly they were minor, and people were kinda’/sorta’ respectful, but there is always that one guy that can’t spell class, let alone have any. He and his family were at least egregious with their contact with both animals. Somehow both seal got through those moments , and remained all day, despite tons of people. Thankfully, Gayle & later HMMA got there and put in a long, hard day.

 Rabbit Island was bare on my first look, but at 1025 , an 80% molted Buster (RV08) hauled out 80 ft right of 3BS.

 At 1120 on a pan I found what would prove to be (RM38) at Seal Rock Inlet.

 At 1126 on a pan I found Kea (RN46) just hauling out to the left end rock flats.

 Team Billand checked in at 0837 with their report of finding Rocky (RH58) at Iroquois Point.

 Right Spot
 westside sunrise

Saturday, January 14, 2017

1/14/2017 In Addition: Lesley and Diane's Ka'ena Point Trek

Diane Gabriel & I did the hike to KPt from West side today. Mrs Whisperer was MIA on us due to work.... 
Out at the point we found R330 "Squinty" bleached V67 & RW02 "PVKauai" bleached N62 in the Mainpool. Just to the Mokuleia side of the Mainpool R3CU was hauled out on some reefs sleeping.
Many people were visiting the point today, a lot of outreach was done and all were very respectful.
Albatrosses are nesting and flying around.
Whales were putting on a show.
Beautiful day!    
Thank you Lesley and Diane
 R330 Squinty