Monday, September 22, 2014

Monk seal research and rescue efforts paying off - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Monk seals in the news.... and it's GOOD NEWS!!!

Monk seal research and rescue efforts paying off - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

9/22/ 2014 Windward side monitoring

Diane G. & I did Windward (Kualoa, Hauula, Malaekahana, Kahuku, Marconi Rd / High Rock). 
Just as we were getting to leave High Rock I decided to go up on the nasty lava/coral to look into some pools. My eye caught a movement in the water on the side of a coral wall. It was a seal. I couldn’t believe my eyes… my guts told me it was RT10 “Ua’Malie”. I signal to Diane to come over and we were both beaming of happiness. We were taking photos like sewing machines to make sure to ID it.
Later in the car I was able to confirm her by a T11 tag.
Karen Turner, Dana & a friand joined us for lunch.
Diane & I checked Kaihalulu Beach (Main Beach Righ Spots spot) / TBR to put a “Shhh” sign up then we went to the stables beach for a check 
Aloha,  Lesley 
Great images.... she looks great!

9/22/2014 DB's Dailies: Aukai,Kaiwi,Kekoa,Nani&U/M@RI, Ua Malie@High Rock, Haupu@Makaha, U/U@Kaimana

I arrived at Makai Pier at 0700 to find Aukai (RL12) at 1BS, Kaiwi (RK96) at mid Middle Cliff, and yesterday’s U/M with Kekoa (RK72) at Seal Rock Inlet, on Rabbit Island. Aukai would depart at 0811, but returned to 1BS at 1226. The U/M remains an U/M. He just won’t show me anything. He departed at 1200.

 At 1030 Nani (RK60) hauled out to join Kaiwi at mid Middle Cliff. Both Gayle and I did circuits of the quadrant and the RI crew was the cast for today.

 Lesley, Diga & Karen Turner called at 1153 with a singing message that “We Found Ua” . Ua Malie has been MIA since January so that was really great news. They found her in the High Rock area. Thanks guys...Ya’ Done Good !!!

 At 1230 Team Billand called to advise that Cianna had called about an animal at the Surfside Condos, Makaha. Debbie responded, as did the Billands. They reported the return of Haupu (RB24) from her Kauai vacation. Haupu departed at 1558.

 Ocean Safety checked in at 1624 with the animal at 2H, Kaimana Beach call. Dana advised . Awaiting further word.

 Kaiwi and Nani
 Haupu @ Makaha  
 She looks beautiful!

9/21/2014 DB's Dailies: Aukai,Kainoa,Kaiwi,Kekoa&U/M@R, Pohaku@PC, Rocky@Kaimana, RL42@Makau Cliffs, Nihoa@Keaau's

At 0700 I found Aukai (RL12) in the Morning Glory left of 1BS, Kainoa (RN04) right of 1BS, and Kaiwi (RK96) 60 ft left of Seal Rock Inlet on Rabbit Island. Each of those would enter the water at individual times, and haul out through the day at other locations.

 At 0725 Kekoa (RK72) would join the cast, initially joining Kaiwi, but managing to haul out with each of the others through the day.

 At 1115, as Aukai, Kekoa & Kainoa were beginning to haul out at 1BS, they were suddenly joined by an U/U briefly, causing Kainoa to depart the scene. The U/U elected to depart, and at 1141 I found that it was an U/M who had now hauled out to the water front rocks on the right side of Seal Rock Inlet. He hit a position with his dark , male belly to me and never moved. I was not able to confirm an ID. Maybe tomorrow ?????

 At 0648 Team Billand reported Pohaku (RO28) between Paradise Cove & Lani’s.

 At 0709 Diane T., called with the report of Rocky (RH58) at Kaimana. She had apparently arrived after dark last night.

 At 1416 the Billand reported RL42 at Makua Cliffs.

 At 1425 they found Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s.

 Aukai, Kekoa and UM
 Rocky - Tennis anyone?
 Next step inside
 No no that's okay I am quite comfortable here
 Don't wait for me I'll catch up later
Nihoa R912 at Keaau

 Pohaku at Paradise Cove....
 wonder if she enjoyed the concert
 oy... these kids screaming i couldn't hear the music
 RL42 at Makua
Oh Mr. Crab I would watch your step or you're going to make a nice snack

Sunday, September 21, 2014

9/20/2014 Lesley's Ka'ena Point Trek

Marilyn and I were joined by Lori (a friend from Portland) to do the KPt hike and HMS monitoring.

It was brutally hot but we made it !

Our only seal was RO40 "Ka'ena" at the entrance of his pool.

We checked Birth Beach/Mokuleia on our way in and out  - there was no sign of RN58 "Luana"

One of the MonkSealSighting calls to the Hotline today was reporting RO28 "Pohaku" on a second haul out of the day - of all places she opted to bomb a wedding party at Secrets/Paradise Cove this afternoon .

Thank you to all Beach Goers and Volunteers that called in reporting seal sightings today.  
Aloha,  Lesley 
Ka'ena splashing around! 

9/20/2014 DB's Dailies: Aukai,Kaiwi,Kekoa,Kainoa&Nani@RI, Pohaku@PC, Ka'ena@KP, Kolohe@GR, Nihoa@Keaau's

Once again the first stop was at Sandy Beach at 0602 for a Kea check. He was gone. I picked up the stuff and continued on.

 At 0630 I arrived at Makai Pier to find Aukai (RL12) up in the Morning Glory, left of 1BS on Rabbit Island. She would move down and depart at 0812, however, I would see her again at 1328.

On a pan at 0632 I found Kaiwi (RK96), 60 ft left of Seal Rock Inlet.

At 0714 Kekoa (RK72) would haul out to join her. After brief interaction, both would enter the water. On a pan at 0933 I would find Kaiwi partially visible behind the water front rocks of mid Middle Cliff. She had obviously given Kekoa the slip. She would remain there the rest of the day.

At 0928 on a pan I found Kainoa (RN04), and Kekoa briefly hauled out to the far left end of the beach. They would almost immediately return to the water and remained visible during a play session ranging from 1BS to 2BS through the rest of the morning.

At 1226 what would prove to be Nani (RK60) hauled out to 1BS. Close behind came Kekoa & Kainoa. Nani’s molt is 100%, and without her RK60 bleach, getting an ID on her is going to be difficult.

 I was saved today at 1358 when Aukai (RL12) hauled out to join the other 3 at 1BS. Both Nani & Aukai hung out together with the boys nearby for the remainder of the day.

 The Billands called at 0759 advising that volunteer Terri had reported Pohaku (RO28) at Paradise Cove.

Dana called at 0806 advising that Terri had seen the N28 bleach.

The Billands checked her at 0855. Diane T called at 1250 to advise that Pohaku had departed, however she called again at 1313 to advise that Pohaku was back. Finally, at 1341 Diane T advised that Pohaku had once again departed. I guess Pohaku wanted a good seat for the Arashi concert ! 

Marilyn, Lesley & Lori trekked to the end of the world, as usual on a Saturday. Alas, the Ka’ena Point adventure yielded only Ka’ena (RO40) in Ka’ena’s Pool.

 At 1315 Team Billand checked in with the report of Kolohe (RW22) once again at Guard Rails beach.

 At 1351 they found Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s.

  Ka'ena at Ka'ena Point
Pohaku at Paradise Cove 
 Nihoa R912

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Video of Ke Kai Ola

Aloha Good People

Here is a link to a video of Ke Kai Ola ( Hawaiian monk seal hospital) on the big island. The video shows the progress from 2010 when the property was staked to 2014 when the building was complete.

Thank you Mary for sharing and allowing me to post the link..... 
Thank you Deb W. for your commitment to seeing this through....
Thank you Frances G for your vision and determination to save this species....
Thank you Jeff B for your endless efforts to get this project off the ground to completion....
AND THANK YOU to the Marine Mammal Center for all they do..... from all the staff, vets and their wonderful volunteers.....  


9/19/2014 DB's Dailies: Kaiwi,Kekoa&Kainoa@RI, Kea@SB, Kolohe@GR, Nihoa&Benny@Keaau's, Rocky@DH&Kaimana

At 0605 I found a fresh trail , coming and going, with a wallow and crushed Naupaka at the Sandy Beach outfall, and I suspected that Kea had recently been there. Both Gayle and I did multiple checks through the morning. On a routine check at 1216 I found Kea (RN46) on the outfall, and cordoned him off. Kea remained at dark .
 At 0735 on my first look at Rabbit Island I found 2 animals galumphing down the incline, 40 ft left of 1BS. They entered the water together. Both had brand new coats on, and though an ID was not possible, my dollar is on Aukai & Nani, since they have been hangin’ together through their molts, and were at that location at end of day yesterday, but ???

 Also at 0735, to my distress I found two guys apparently just picking up a lay net , from a dingy & kayak, 300 ft out from the Makai Pier breakwater. I also noted a black buoy still in the water at that location. Also present were 2 seals right there with the guys. I was ultimately able to ID the two as Kaiwi & Kekoa . Even after the guys departed the two continued to hang around that buoy. I guessed that there might be food there. They departed after an hour or so, and at 0958 both Kekoa (RK72) & Kaiwi (RK96) hauled out together at Seal Rock Inlet on Rabbit Island.

I contacted DOCARE Officer Ken, and he responded to the pier at 0934, and swam out, inspected the buoy and finding 50 ft of attached net, picked it up and brought it back to the pier for confiscation.

 At 1107 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out to join Kekoa & Kaiwi. All remained the rest of the day.

 At 0635 Team Billand called with the report of Kolohe (RW22) at Guard Rails.

 At 1245 Dana called to advise that Rocky (RH58) was at Diamond Head, between Colleen’s house and the showers. I think Dana said that Lesley had responded. According to Dana, Rocky hauled out to a number of locations from that location to the Lighthouse, but ultimately departed DH.

 At 1531 I got a call from Ocean Safety advising of an animal just hauling out to Kaimana Beach. I gotta’ coupla’ cats on Rocky, but ???? Dana confirmed the Rocky (RH58) ID at 1814.

 At 1415 Team Billand called with the news that they had found Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s, and that she was in the company of the Benny (RE74).

Kainoa, Kekoa and Kaiwi
 Kaiwi and Kekoa lurking around near a net
 YEAAAA!  that's how its done !   Thank you!   
 Kea hanging out.... 
 Kea being cute
 Ummm excuse me I need some privacy 
 PAH - LEEZE !!! I need to 
 too late I gotta go
 whew.... feel so better
 Nihoa and Benny