Thursday, February 22, 2018

2/22/2018 Monk Seal Dailies: (part 1)

Today's dailies are brought to by Gayle, Team Billand and Lesley. Lesley's complete Ka'ena Point Update is in part 2 of today's dailies. 

Gayle once again reported one critter on Rabbit Island. After her appointment this morning she stopped by Makalei and saw Buster RV08, or at least she's pretty sure it was Buster.  She did not see any of the females today, too bad, maybe Buster chased them off.

Before the crack of dawn Team Billand was out at Paradise Cove and found RE74 Benny sleeping high up on shore near the trees. They called the hotline and put up a zone. They spent time educating folks as they arrived at the beach. Benny departed at 7:31 am and Team Billand called the hotline to update them.

Team Billand continued their search ending up at a Leeward Beach where they spotted a critter doing 6 minute dives for a bit, then he hauled up on high rock and galumphed over the rocks to the water hole. They ID'd Kekoa RK72, he is looking good, robust, alert and no new injuries. He was the only sighting today, even on the last check of the day he was the only one at the location.

Having said that, Team Billand did witness a tremendous breach, but was only able to capture a pec slap of a humpback. And if that wasn't enough they met up Tom turkey at Yoks, walking about with no worries. (of course he's not worried it's only February).  

Benny RE74
 Kekoa RK72
 Look at ! wow! 
 Buster Rv08
 Rabbit Island Critter. who are you? 

2/22/2018 Monk Seal Dailies: (part 2) Lesley's Ka'ena Point Update

Back on the rock and off to monitor Ka’ena Pt with Jaime before the storm.
After checking CE & Birth Beach I joined her and we headed out.
First find was RN58 “Luana” @ 10 Mints Beach we are 3 past my birth prediction (wishful thinking) and she is still hanging in there. Beautiful, plump and heathy.
At the point we spotted RO40 “Ka’ena” freshly hauled out at the entrance of his pool.
In the Main Pool RN14 “Molokai” and “R3CU” were on the center reef island. both seals have a lot of "playing" bites on their coats. R3CU face wound has healed nicely, it's looking dry and clean.
To the side of the pool RR70 “Rip” showing off his N1 bleach. Nice to be able to do outreach using bleach IDs again.

On our way back RN58 “Luana” was still resting on the beach.

 RR70 & RN14 & R3CU

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2/21/2018 Monk Seal Dailies:

Today's dailies are brought to you by Team Billand and Gayle. While Team Billand came across a variety of critters today, Gayle came through with a some good news on one of her sightings.

Let's start with Gayle's day because I know this news will bring much relief to some, (especially Barbara).  Gayle went back to Diamond Head today to check on Right Spot, and sure enough she was there. Gayle called the hotline and within minutes Colleen arrived. They spent time talking with residents and educating the beach goers. While there one of the swimmers told them there was another seal further down, so the two of them headed over and there was Pohaku RO28. !!!!  And based on the conversations she was there yesterday too!  This is great news since she was last seen on the west side and it's been awhile. AND I KNOW, Team Billand has been searching for her.   Very good news!  All in all Gayle had a full day with two seals and catching up with all her new friends. Oops, almost forgot to mention there was one critter on Rabbit Island spotted today.

Team Billand heads out to a Leeward beach and see a seal coming in fast landing and vocalizing. They ID the seal as RN14 Kalani. While they were watching this a "Moscovy Duck" sits to the right and Barb calls him Aflac, then she looks to left and there are two mongoose (Rikki Tikki Tavi & son) peeking through the rocks. ( We may have to rename this to Team Billands' wild kingdom). Then... a second seal arrives. 
Kekoa RK72 comes up on rocks heads towards RN14 Kalani, they have a few words, slap each other a bit and settle down. Both seals remain on site in the same spots even on their afternoon check.

Barbara catches sight of another seal resting in a little water hole, turns out to be Lei Ola RH48. She took forever to move, only after the waves started to touch her, she galumphed up higher on rocks. Hook still snug, behavior normal. 

Right Spot R016
Pohaku RO28
Rabbit Island Critter
Kalani RN14 
 I'm beginning to think Kalani likes hearing himself
Rikki Tikki Tavi
Kekoa RK72
 Kekoa & Kalani 
 Lei Ola RH48

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/20/2018 Monk Seal Dailies:

Today's dailies are brought to by Team Billand and Gayle.

Team Billand's stop at a Leeward Beach they found a seal galumphing over the top rocks. By the time they got to him he was already in his favorite spot and they ID'd Kekoa RK72. They stuck around for about two hours. Later in the day they checked back on Kekoa and volunteer Kathy was on site.  Kekoa was now in his water hole hidden pretty well. 

Early in the morning Team Billand met a friendly Miss Piggy near Kalaeloa area. He/she was making soft oinks and came over for some attention and got some pats from Barbara.  How cute is that?

Out on the west side Team Billand made a stop and at first thought there was a large rock, but it turned out to be RL42 who was resting. RL42 looks nice and chunky.

Gayle spotted one Rabbit Island critter today, from the photo it appears to be male. 

Gayle headed into Honolulu and she found found Right Spot R016 near Diamond Head. She called the hotline and shortly thereafter Colleen came by. Colleen stayed for a bit got some photos of Right Spot and then off to her next set of rounds. Gayle stayed with Right Spot for about an hour and half. 

Then Gayle checked out Kaimana's and found her most favorite seal (shhh don't tell the others) Kaiwi RK96 was snoozing in the shade. 

Kekoa RK72
 Rabbit Island Critter U/M
 Right Spot R016
Kaiwi RK96