Friday, January 30, 2015

Seals Whales and Volunteers

Aloha Good People!

An email came through earlier this evening mentioning tomorrow is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Sanctuary's count.... So many of you might be out there participatingt.... If you happen to see Team Billand, take a moment and thank them for participating in this event for 20 years as site leaders.... AMAZING!  So proud of them for all their love and dedication to the ocean and the critters that live in the ocean.

In the meantime I am sure the west end could use some help.... so please give a call if you are available.


1/30/2015 DB's Dailies: Kainoa@RI, Rocky@SC&KK, RW02@Makaha, Nihoa@Keaau's, Haupu@PC

On my 2nd look at Rabbit Island, at 0800, I found Kainoa (RN04) snoozin’ at the log, 40 ft left of 1BS. At 1100 he would begin his galumph to the sea, at the far left end of the island, where he remained the rest of the day. He was the only visible RI resident today.

 Gayle called at 0857 with the report of Rocky (RH58) , foraging at Spitting Cave. I was shocked at the news, since she has been on the west side of late, and with no Waikiki or Diamond Head calls, on her return trip, she caught us by surprise.

 Linda N called a 1654 to advise that Rocky (RH58) was at Irma’s Grotto, Kokee Flats.

 Team Billand checked in at 1225 with the report of RW02 at Makaha.

 At 1326 they got a call about an animal at Paradise Cove.  Team Billand confirmed Haupu RB24 at 1400.

 At 1336 the Billands found Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s,

 Kainoa at Rabbit Island
 Rocky at Kokee Flats 
 Rocky at Spitting Cave
 Nihoa R912

Thursday, January 29, 2015

1/29/2015 DB's Dailies: Kainoa&Kaiwi@RI, Kolohe@Makaha, RW02@Waikomo's

Once again, Rabbit Island was the only SE quadrant action. Both Gayle & I checked multiple times and nobody else was found. On my 2nd look at RI, at 0750 I found what would turn out to be Kainoa (RN04) at the log, 40 ft left of 1BS, and Kaiwi (RK96) at Right Middle Cliff. On my 1500 recheck, Kainoa was at the water line at the far left end of the beach, and Kaiwi had departed.

 Team Billand called at 1325 with reports of an animal at Waikomo’s , and another at Makaha. At 1405 the confirmed the ID on the Makaha animal as Kolohe (RW22). At 1425 the got the RW02 ID at Waikomo’s.

 In the Yesterday’s News department, Kimo Smith trekked to The End of the World on 1-28-15, and found BG (R303) at Hidden Beach, and RIP (RR70) at Ka’ena Point. This is the first documented sighting of RIP since his release at Nanakuli,

BG at hidden beach
 BG aka big gut 
 Rip has landed at Ka'ena Point

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1/28/2015 DB's Dailies: Kainoa@RI, RW02@Keaau's, Haupu@Nimitz Pavilion, RK36@Aki's Beach, Makaha

Once again the only critter in the SE quadrant was Kainoa (RN04) on Rabbit Island. I had been at the pier since 0830, with nobody in sight, but at 1036 up popped a little head in the Morning Glory, 50 ft left of IBS, looked around and then back down. A few minutes later Kainoa galumphed out of the Morning Glory and moved down to the water line where he remained the rest of the day.

 Despite rounds through the rest of the quadrant by Melanie & myself, Kainoa would be the only find.
At 0839 the Billands received word of an animal, initially said to be at Makua, but would later change to Keaau’s . Debbie responded, and the Billands would later confirm the animal as RW02, at 1333.

At 0927 George the surfer called the Billands reporting a swimming head off shore of Nimitz Cottages. Haupu (RB24) would haul out fronting #1817, Nimitz Pavilion, at 1025. Jean would report Haupu’s departure ate 1238.

 At 1428 Team Billand reported RK36 at Aki’s Beach, Makaha,

 Haupu at Nimitz
 RK36 at Makaha
 RW02 at Keaau's  he's looking thin
 silly seal sleeping in mid air

1/28/2015 DB's Dailies: Kainoa@RI, Pohaku@Maili Pt., R5AY@Malaekahana, KC@Kaaawa, Haupu@Nimitz Cottages, RW02&Kolohe@Makaha, Ua Malie@Kawela

It would be 0926 before I found my first critter. It would prove to be Kainoa (RN04), snoozin’ at the log, 40 ft left of 1BS on Rabbit Island. He would later move down to cool off, and was my only find of the day. Gayle & Diane T., combed the quadrant but alas found nobody.

 At 0657 Team Billand called to advise of Pohaku (RO28) at Maili Point.

 At 1037 Dana checked in advising that she had sent photos from Sandy Miller & Irene Theofanis, of an animal in Kaaawa . Photo analysis showed the animal to be KC (RK28). This is her first sighting back on Oahu, after having gone to Kauai for a birth this summer. She was last documented by Val Bloy on Kauai, on 10-10-15. (unless Val has the ability to see into the future and report back to our current day, I will assume KC was last seen October 2014 :-)  She is the usual mass of scars, and has added a new wound, a healing CC wound to the left side of her head, just above the left eye. It was not there on Val’s shots.

 During the same call Dana advised that R5AY was said to be at Malaekahana. A later conversation with Diane G., provided word that R5AY had been reported there yesterday, I’m unaware of any photo proof. Don Porter was told this morning that an animal was still there. Awaiting further word. 

Dana forwarded a shot from Scott Sundby of what I believe to be Ua Malie (RT10), at Kawela Bay, though I’m hesitant to base an ID on a single marker. ????? At 1118 advised of a call about an animal at Nimitz Cottages.

At 1318 they confirmed the Haupu (RB24) fronting the Nimitz Pavilion. Bev reported Haupu’s departure at 1745.

 At 1337 the Billands received a Hotline call about an animal in Makaha. Debbie intially responded , and at 1428 advised that there were two animals, but positive ID could be gotten. The Billands confirmed Kolohe (RW22) at 1553. At 1615 they got the RW02 ID. A witness said there had initially been 3, but one departed.

 In the Yesterday’s News department, Ken Tingman sent shots of Ka’ena (RO40) & Luana (RN58) at Ka’ena Point.

 KC visiting Kaaawa.... did you know KC stands for Kaaawa Critter :-)
 Ua' Mali at Kawela Bay
 Haupu at Nimitz Cottages
 Kolohe and RW02 at Makaha
 Look ma no cavities?