Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sad News From the Garden Island

http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/monk-seal-pup-found-dead/article_3a5e714e-17af-11e4-9a56-001a4bcf887a.html

7-29-2014 DB's Dailies : T990@HB, UU@BH, U/M,Kainoa@RI, Kaiwi@LL, RIP&M&M@WP, Kolohe@Maili Pt, RK36&RL42@Makua Cliffs

My day began with a trip to Hanauma Bay. At 0630 I found T990 right where we’d left him last night , high on the beach on the east end rock flats. Since it was a Tuesday and HB was closed, he had the whole place to himself. On a subsequent visit by Tracy, Jordan & I he had moved down to the water line to cool off at 1043. Tomorrow ?????

 At 0650 I found an adult sized animal with 2 red tags, doing 6 minute dives, at Blowhole. Of course I’ve gotta’ cat on Buster, but since I did not see him again today.... ????

 Posse member Jennifer called at 1745 to advise that a critter had tried to haul out from the east end of Sandy Beach and Crappy Cove, but the “adoring hordes” would not allow it. They lost the animal at the Half Point channel. I had gone to the Blowhole Lookout with the call thinking that I’d find Buster trying to haul out to the west end of SB, but instead finding him once again doing his routine 6 minute dives at the Lookout. Was it Buster ??????? I can’t prove it , but I’ve got a coupla’ cats on the line that say Yes !

 On my 2nd look at Rabbit Island, at 0842 I found an U/M , partially visible at Seal Rock Inlet, No ID was possible and I did not see the animal again today. At 0851 Tracy, Jordan & I found what would prove to be Kainoa (RN04)at Left Greenery, Rabbit Island.

At 1001 I became aware that Kainoa has begun his molt. I thought I’d seen a mid chest bare spot yesterday, but I couldn’t be sure. Today he was an obvious 10% molted.

 At 1255 Gayle called with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at Buster Flats, Lanai Lookout. Thank You Gayle !!!!!

 At 0644 Team Billand reported an over nighted RIP (RR70) & M&M (R020) fronting #1708, White Plains.

 At 1127 Karen Bryant called with the report of an animal at 3 Tables , on the North Shore . Awaiting photos, but her description suggested RI37 ????

 At 1332 the Billands found Kolohe (RW22) at Maili Point. He would depart with the rising tide at 1349.

At 1543 the Billands the Billands found RK36 in the company of RL42 at Makua Cliffs.

A 1610 they reported their departure an attempted haul out ot Yokes, but the “adoring hordes” armed with their Go Pros and Camera Phones simply would not allow it They were last seen heading west.

 Gary Langley sent photos of Rocky & PK4 and KC&PK5 on Kauai from yesterday (7-28-14). Tragically , today is a much sadder day. It hurts me to my soul to have to tell you that KC’s, 13 day old pup, PK5 was found dead this morning . NOAA’s first indications are that it was killed by dog(s). There is a perfectly good Leash Law out there. All we really need is to have dog owners actually pay attention to it’s existence, and for Law Enforcement (Cops & DOCARE) to actually ENFORCE IT !!!! . I have ZERO faith in either of those things EVER happening. Sad !   My sincerest apologies to DB and the rest of the readers... But until there is more information on what has happened it's probably best to leave things unsaid. I HATE doing this.... I have spent the latter part of this evening debating on how to handle this blog...  One choice was to not post anything at all.... just skip it....  however that wouldn't be fair... so my choice (sorry DB) is to block the last paragraph.  I wanted to make sure "they" NOAA and Veterinarians have a chance to do the necropsy and gather all the necessary information ... before making any comments.   I also want to pass on my heart felt condolences to the volunteers on Kauai... I am sure you are all with a heavy heart.  To all of us who know KC I know this is a tough pill to swallow.  Please be sensitive with any information you have heard....  without knowing all the details ... we don't want to speculate or interfere with any information that may need to be gathered.

 Kainoa 
 Kaiwi  and supper
 Kaiwi 
 T990 at Hanauma Bay
 RI37 her distinctive scar
 hmmm she's playing with sand toys
 Ka'ena from yesterday's news
 Luana from yesterday's news
 RW02 from yesterday's news
MM looking mighty regal
 MM and Rip
 oh my... and what the hell are those people swimming in? Boxes?
 Rip
 RL42 and RK36
Please enjoy these precious pictures taken on Monday 7-28-2014
 KC & PK5 - no words... just tears
 RF22 - kp2's little brother... he's quite the character
 thank you Gary.... and sending you hugs and support.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7-28-2014 An Adorable Little Sibling - Thank you Val

Aloha good people.... this is RF22 - he's KP2s (Ho'Ailona's ) little brother.... don't they look alike (okay just kidding).  Thank you Val for sharing... I know this little one probably has a special place in your heart since you were one of the many that put in many many hours looking after his old brother.  In so many ways it's come around full circle.... so glad this Momma finally figured out how to take care of her babies. !!

7*28*2014 MM and Rip at White Plains

Thank you Diane T... aka KoOlina Diane.... aka Aloha Diane :-)
 these two are still going strong!

7-26-2014 DB's Dailies: U/U @ BH , T990@HB, Duke&Kainoa@R, Kaiwi@LL, RIP, M&M@WP

At 0630 I found an U/U doing 6 minute dives at Blowhole . My dollar is on Buster but ????

 At 0756 Jack (at the Bay) called with the report of an animal on the rock flats at the east end of Hanauma Bay. When I arrived at 0815 I found T990 (R4DV). He is one of the “ol’ dudes”, translocated to Molokai in (1994),as an adult. His last and only knows visits to Oahu came on 6-15-14 near the Kahala Hilton, and then again on 6-24-14 in Waikiki. Since then ,according to Tracy, he’d been seen back on Molokai, but today the guy is hangin’ at Hanauma Bay. He would briefly enter the water at 1127, only to haul out again to a spot just 20 ft away from his initial location. Much Mahalos to Jack (at the Bay) for all the hard work. You are most definitely worth many,many times your weight in Guiness !!! We picked up the stuff at closing, and T990 remained. I’ll check him first thing in the morning.

 At 1033 I found Duke (RA12) just hauling out 100 ft left of 1BS on Rabbit Island. At 1108 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out not far left of Duke. Duke would notice him and moved to Kainoa’s location. There was lightweight interaction and both entered the water for a swim/play session at 1127.

 At 1154 Gayle called with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at the Lanai Lookout Cove.

 At 0651 Team Billand reported RIP (RR70) & M&M (R020) fronting #1708 , White Plains. Mahalos to Jean, Diane Terai & Terri for the hours.

 Last , but not least, Happy 3rd Birthday to La’akea (RK82)!!

 Kainoa and Duke
 it's funny to me to think of Duke as the older one.... oh geesh these kids grow so fast
 T990 - I spent some time looking at these photos before posting.... I found myself feeling sad.... Looking at him he's pretty old and before long we'll have to deal with his passing.... it's so bitter sweet to see the elders getting old .... I mean in so many ways it should be celebrated that a Hawaiian monk seal lives out a life to a wonderful age of 25-30+ years.... that's what their suppose to do. 
 But looking closely you see the wear and tear this old boy has been through.... he has survived the odds... he deserves to be celebrated ! 
 Ah that scar across his chest.... reminds me of an old friend of mine.
Kaiwi at Lanai look out+
 MM - she always gives you that over the shoulder look... so sweet
 Rip and MM
 Happy 3rd Birthday La'akea