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  

Friday, September 19, 2014

9/19/2014 Lesley Hotline Response to Rocky

I received Hotline call reporting a big seal at Diamond Head Lighthouse. I informed V/C Dana then Kimo Lyman & I responded. A beachgoer had already put signs up. The signs were way to close to the seal so I moved them back. We did a lot of outreach.
At 12:55 she moved into the water and started moving very slowly on the shoreline towards the Lighthouse. When she got near the showers she hauled out and rested for a while then entered the water again @ 13:40 PM. She moved again very slowly making her way thru the channel towards the deep and stayed floating near the lineup. After putting the signs away in the box we went back up to the car. Up from the road we could still see her floating around.
Pre molt-behavior?
At 3:35PM Dana called reporting a seal haul out at Kaimana Beach - it may be RH58 "Rocky"  Aloha,  Lesley \
GREAT SHOT.... lol 

yesterday's news - pics from Lesley

These are the photos taken on our Wednesday KPt monitoring  (RW02 "Kauai" & RL42) and Waialua hotline response for 4DF "Makaiwi". The big swell of the week cleaned all the pools and brought more sea debris to the coastlines.

We are working directly with  State Parks and the Division of Forestry and Wildlife / DLNR reporting the removal and tampering of rocks that delineate paths at the point, as well as other locations. The reports also include the disappearance and vandalization of signage; abandoned vehicles and dogs on or off leashes (not allowed past parking and paved road).
 Yesterday, Kimo L. & I checked all beaches from Waialua to Mokuleia and didn't see any seals.  Aloha, Lesley 
Lesley's partner in crime Kimo Lyman 
 Turtle making tracks