Saturday, April 25, 2015

4/24/2015 Melanie's Turtle Bay Day

La'akea at Right Spot's spot :-)
 Despite being spoken to (outreach) these folks from Pearl City decided sneaking into the SPZ after Melanie left was okay
 Apparently when another volunteer asked them about it, they denied getting close to the seal.... Liar liar pants on fire!!!
on the other hand these two folks were kind and sensible enought to do the right thing
 Ola Loa
 Now that's filling out the frame !  WOW
 silly seal pose
 there she is.... sweet and sleepy 

Friday, April 24, 2015

4/24/2015 DB's Dailies: Sadie&PO2, RM38,Kaiwi,Kea&Kainoa@RI, Benny@Makaha,La'akea&Ola@TB

Once again the VOG made life difficult in the Rabbit Island world, but everybody got an ID so it could have been worse. When I arrived at 0638 I found what would later prove to be Kaiwi (RK96) snoozin’ in the Morning Glory, 20 ft left of 1BS. She would move down to cool off.

I did not see Sadie&PO2(RB12) on my first check. I was hopeful that they were doing a water session. When I got back to Makai Pier they were on the beach at the left end, and doing a feed. The would snooze away the entire morning. PO2 woke up around 1215 and began working toward the water line. Sadie was alert and both would enter the water for a session at 1223, hauling out again at the same location at 1249. This is D#9 so there have no doubt be other water sessions, but this is the first one that I have observed. The remained in the shallows, but the kid was floppin’ & flappin’.

 At 0945 RM38 hauled out to join Kaiwi. He would reenter the water at 1034, and at 1047 he would haul out, in the company of Kainoa (RN04) on to the water front rocks 90 ft right of 3BS. Both would remain the rest of the day.

 On a pan at 0955 I happened to see a small animal just hauling out and passing by Sadie&PO2. It would move all the way to the far left end of the beach, and spent most of the day hidden behind large rocks. Finally, at 1210 it came into view again that thanks to the beautiful NB on the RFF it would prove to be Kea.

 Team Billand called at 0810 to advise that Debbie had called them reporting an animal, with a transmitter, once again at the Makaha Surfside Condos. At 0831 they confirmed the Benny (RE74) ID. Debbie advised that Benny was gone when she checked at 1145.

 Cianna called at 0951 to advise that she’d gotten a call about “K82", La’akea , at Right Spot’s Spot, Turtle Bay. Melanie called later on her way to weaner duty to advise that 1300 to advise that she was still there. Melanie will no doubt have Ole shots after her shift. Karen Rohter was on duty today, and was lucky enough to have Ola decide to haul out right at the end of her shift.

 Gary Langley forwarded some shots to the Billands, of RN44 (one of Rocky’s boys) on Kauai. He just had a hook removed, and appears to be happy & well again. Thank You Gary !

Sadie and PO2
 Kainoa and RM38
 Kaiwi
 RM38 and Kainoa 
 RM38 and Kaiwi
 Benny at Makaha
 Ola in all her glory
 RN44 no hook for you
 such a cutey

4/23/2015 La'akea and Ola Loa at Turtle Bay

Thank you Tony for sending these late in the day pics of Ola Loa and older sister La'akea

RK82 La'akea out visiting her little sister
 Ola Loa  just chilling

 Forging 
 Hermit crab on the lookout
 sea cucumber that Ola hasn't found yet

Thursday, April 23, 2015

4/23/2015 DB's Dailies: Sadie,PO2, RM38, UF & UU@RI, Kea@BH, Benny@Makaha, Pohaku@PC, U'ilani@RR, RT12@GR, Ola,La'akea&Kaikaina@TB

Terminal VOG made today’s Rabbit Island observations a challenge, At 0644 I found Sadie&PO2(RB12) at the left end of the island, and what would remain an U/F out on the left end rock flats. I’d but a cat on Kaiwi, but ???? On a pan at 1124 I found another , smaller animal, also out on the left end rock flats. I could never get an ID.

 At 0800 I found Kea (RN46) at the Blowhole Cove. He had last been to this location on 4-4-15. After that he did a run of 8 consecutive days at Rabbit Island, and then as he has been doing of late, totally disappears for 10 to 11 day, to an unknown hangout. He has remained at the BHC all day.

 I got back to Makai Pier at 0824. At 0850 what would prove to be RM38 , hauled out a respectful distance from Sadie&PO2, but Mom wasn’t feeling respected so the spats began. RM38 would just not get the hint. He managed to get around and behind Mom & pup, and then begin to return to the sea. Sadie was giving him the “stink eye” the whole time. Even after he reentered the water he would not leave. She charged into the water and they went at it again. She had a hell of a time because the pup went with her, so she had to keep track of both. Ultimately, RM38 would depart at 0923. Mom & pup continued their water session, hauling out again at 0931. RM38 would haul out down the beach at Seal Rock Inlet, at 0959 , where he snoozed away the rest of the day.

 At 0812 Team Billand reported Benny(RE74) at the Makaha Surfside Condo. Apparently, he had been there since 2130 last night. They advised Debbie had called them at 1123 to advise that Benny was gone.

 At 0856 Team Billand reported Pohaku (RO28) at PC. Terri reported her departure at 1721.

 At 1123 the Billands reported U’ilani (RN36) at the Reef Runway.

 At 1435 they found RT12 at Maili Guard Rails.

 Dana called at 1545 to advise that 3 sisters where at the Pup Site at Turtle Bay. They were Ola (RG03), La’akea (RK82)&Kaikaina (RL54).

 Sadie PO2 with RM38 approaching.
 RM38 
 Benny at Makaha
 Pohaku @ Paradise Cove
 RT12 Kimo Kai
 U'ilani at Reef Runway... her home
Kea at Blowhole 
 where's Kea ?
 Kea's spot