Saturday, October 20, 2018

10/20/2018 Monk Seal Dailies (part 1) RH32 RK72

Today's dailies are brought to you by Team Billand and the Saturday Ka'ena Team updated by Lesley in part two of the dailies. 
Seems the Ka'ena Team got all the seals today with eight sightings vs. Team Billand with two.

Out at the outfall Team Billand saw a seal foraging for a long time outside the outfall area. It was passing back and forth and was way out. Later they found find Ka'ale hauled out at a nearby beach. He was relaxing alone on the rocks. They didn't see any other seals not even the dolphins today.

They did find Kekoa Alii RK72 out on a westside beach. He was well hidden and resting alone. Apparently many of the campers were gone yesterday but back today. Oh well let's hope none of them disturb Kekoa. 

While watching out for seals by electric beach Team Billand happened to notice something on the rocks, a hooked or entangled turtle. There were a few good samaritans close by who snipped away the line and set the critter free.

 RH32 Kaale 
Kekoa RK72
 Honu in trouble
 with a little help from a good person!

10/20/2018 Monk Seal Dailies (part 2) Lesley's Ka'ena Update

Marilyn, Diane & I did the CE Pt to NARS monitoring today
The weather was absolutely lovely and we had an 8 seal day !

We started with RW02 "PVKauai" in front of the Big Camp site.
From there we looked towards CE Pt and CE. Down @ CE we saw a seal. Upon arrival, there were actually 2 seals R303 "BG" & RN58 "Luana"
We then set out to monitor from the gate to the NARS, of course checking every haul out spot.
RK88 "Puna" was @ The Ponds in his favorite little nook. Just beside were Team T&D & I saw him yesterday.
We were just leaving when Marilyn spotted a big seal swimming in The Ponds. We stopped and watched as the seal did a swim around it then left towards Mokuleia side. Our bets were on R330 "Squinty"

In the NARS RO40 "Ka'ena" was in his pool (same as yesterday) and RR70 "RIP" was hauled out on Back Beach.

On our way out we checked in front of the house and there was R330 "Squinty" !

Looking towards CE we saw the seal so we went back to check. R303 "BG" was still there but RN58 "Luana" had moved & hauled out half way towards CE Pt (I don't recall seeing seals there).
I'll go down again for sunset  More tomorrow 🌺

Friday, October 19, 2018

10/19/18-Monk Seal Dailies (part 1) RK72, RH32, RL42, RH48

Today's dailies are brought to you by Team Billand and Lesley. Lesley's Ka'ena Update is part two of the dailies. AND she certainly had a busy seven seal day.

Team Billands first stop was at the outfall and spotted two seals foraging off of the outfall. After a while they split up. One was Kekoa RK72 ID'd by bleach number and green snout about the water. He kept foraging, came in the outfall for a look around, and then Team Billand lost sight of him. They did not see him the rest of the day.
Ka'ale after splitting apart from Kekoa disappeared. Team Billand headed over to a nearby beach to check and he was already there on the rocks snoozing all alone. He is looking quite handsome, good body condition, excellent girth, and his tags were showing.

Early in the afternoon they found RL42 Leia on the westside. She was way inland near the rock piles. She was snoozing peacefully and Team Billand was able to ID her from her tags. She was still there after 5 pm snoozing and still on her side, looking lovely and healthy.

Team Billand did the Ka'ena West trek and spotted a seal at the 30. The seal was resting, fat and green. They looked closely and couldn't get tell who this might be until they got a shot of the tag. It's Lei Ola RH48.  ( I just want to note that Lesley had seen her earlier in the day at back beach with RIP).  What is most interesting is when she moved her head they looked at her right side and there was NO HOOK!  This is the best news of the day..... after a year of having this hook piercing her mouth it was gone, no dangling line, no copper crimp.  All I know is Team Billand must have been doing the happy dance.  

RL42 Leia
 Lei Ola RH48 
 look ma, no hook

10/19/2018 Monk Seal Dailies: (part 2) Lesley's Ka'ena Update

Tammy and I had an early start this morning.
We checked Birth Beach / Tables and found R303 "BG" - it was taking us a while to confirm her ID, but she gently turned around and showed us her bellie. She was getting ready to enter the water after an overnight.
Later in the afternoon I found her a little past Camp Erdman Pt.

From BB we saw a seal inform of Lyman's - we checked and IDed RN58 "Luana".
We checked every nook and crevices all the way into the NARS.

R330 "Squinty" was on the Runway
RR70 "RIP" & RH48 "Lei Ola" were on Back Beach. "RIP" entered the water, waited a while for "Lei Ola" but she wasn't up for it so he left. A while later some visitors told me there was a seal in the Main Pool. It was "RIP" he spent the rest of the morning into the afternoon there.
"Lei Ola" left Back Beach in the early afternoon.

Tammy went to get something in the Polaris and do some outreach, on her way back she spotted RO40 "Ka'ena" in his pool and told that her hikers mentioned seeing a seal on a small sand beach.

On our way out we did the checking of all haul out spots - we spotted RK88 "Puna" in a sandy corner of The Ponds. It's his first sighting since being de-hooked. He's looking great.
More tomorrow 🌺