Thursday, September 3, 2015

9/3/2015 DB's Dailies: Kea & U/U@RI, Pohaku@Nanakuli, Luana@Hidden Bch, RL42,Ka'ena&RW02@KP, U/F @Sunset Bch, Rocky@Outrigger Canoe Club

From what I’ve heard and seen of the day, it was pretty much miserable everywhere. Lightning, thunder & dumping rain in all quadrants. Still there were a hearty few who were out there.

 Ast 0618 the Billands called with the report of Pohaku (RO28) at Depot’s , Nanakuli.

 Lesley called at 0721 on her way to Ka’ena Point to advise that she had found Luana (RN58) at Hidden Beach. At Ka’ena Point she found RL42 on the back beach at 0835. NOAA personnel were on the way, but heavy weather protocols required that they abort the mission. They will try again tomorrow. On her way out Lesley also found Ka’ena (RO40) & RW02 having words.

 At 0909 a DanaTxt reported that Joy Silver had found an U/U at Sunset Beach. Her shots, as well as Thomas Sperandeo’s shots, didn’t provide enough information to confirm an ID.

 There were actually 2 highlights of the day today. Firstly, Ocean Safety called at 1021 reporting an animal just hauling out to the ewa side of the Wall in Waikiki. Thankfully, they called again at 1035 advising that the animal had departed, however they had confirmed the “N11" bleach. That, of course , would be the one and only Rocky (RH58). She was confirmed in Ewa Beach the other day, so it was just a matter of time until she got back to her usual galumphing grounds. There were no further calls on her, but chances are great that she is probably somewhere in the Diamond Head/Waikiki area, or maybe on the way out to see me tomorrow. Only Rocky Knows !!

 At 0700, with a return at 0827, I did my Rabbit Island checks and found what would remain an U/U tucked in against the log, 40 ft left of 1BS, and the 2nd highlight of the day, Kea (RN46)!!! In the Morning Glory at 3BS. This adventure to Only Kea Knows where, has lasted 18 days, but today he is home !! His signature natural bleach on his right fore flipper, was a sight for sore eyes !!

The U/U was in all probability Aukai, but gave me nothing to go on except a white belly.

 There was no Cass today.

 A DanaTxt at 1659 advised that “someone with flippers has just hauled out to Outrigger Canoe Club”. Colleen is said to be handling. At 1656 Colleen confirmed Rocky (RH58) at OCC. Welcome Home Colleen !!

 UU at sunset 
 Ka'ena and RW02 having some serious conversation 
 amazing.... shots
Rocky at the outrigger
 don't let me get in your way
 Pohaku at Nanakuli
 quite an image
 Peuw !  I better take a bath
 after my nap
 bath time

9/3/2015 DB's Dailies: Nani,Aukai&Cass@RI, Kaiwi@CW, Pohaku@Nanakuli, La'akea&Holokai@Turtle Bay, RL42&Ka'ena@KP

On my first look at Rabbit Island, at 0705, I found Aukai (RL12) in the company of a smaller animal, at the log, 40 ft left of 1BS, up in the Morning Glory. Though it would take until 1308 to finally make the ID on the small animal, I’m stoked to report that it would prove to be CASS !!!! (RG06). She has been MIA since 8-13-15 (19 days). It was a difficult call because her body shape has begun to change since I last saw her. She is no longer the Chubette, little weaner. She has now begun to lose some weight, and has lengthened out a bit. I finally got to see her signature light spot, posterior, right side, and knew the little girl was home !

 At 1028 Nani (RK60) hauled out to the left end of the beach. All 3 would remain the rest of the day. 

Gayle called at 1246 with the report of Kaiwi (RK96), once again at China Walls. Thank you Gayle !!

 Team Billand called at 0617 with the report of Pohaku (RO28) at Depot’s , Nanakuli. Mahalos to Melina, Charlene&Kelly ! Pohaku departed at 1800, per Kelly.

 Melanie Chun was on weaner duty today at Turtle Bay. At 1257 she checked in with the report of La’akea (RK83) at Right Spot’s Spot, TB. No word yet on her weaner find.

 DanaMail at 1429 advised that a hooked animal has been reported at Ka’ena Point. There is no other info. Tracy called at 1730 on the way back from Ka’ena Point. She reported that RL42 had visible Damashi hooks near her mouth. No further investigation could be done today. RL42 departed in the company of Ka’ena. Another attempt will be made tomorrow.


 RG58 - Rocky's Boy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

9/1/2015 DB's Dailies: Buster@HB, Nani@RI, Kaiwi@CW, Pohaku@Nanakuli, Holokai@Turtle Bay

As I stood at the overlook at Hanauma Bay on my usual morning check I spied a swimming animal cruising the beach front from west to east (right to left),stopping for a partial haul out occasionally, but continuing on, and heading out the “backdoor channel. I lost in on the outside of the reef. I went home to look at the photos and could confirm the Buster (RV08) ID , by a small scar on top of his head. Though I checked all the coastline multiple times during the day, I did not see him again. Nor did Gayle.

 At 0722 I found what would prove to be Nani (RK60) in the Morning Glory, behind Seal Rock Inlet, on Rabbit Island. She was still there, but had moved down onto the beach on my 1052 return to Makai Pier. She would be the only RI resident today.

 At 1254 Gayle advised that she’d seen Kaiwi (RK96) at China Walls.

 At 0608 Team Billand made the first call on Pohaku (RO28) at Nanakuli. She would depart a 1009, then haul out again down the beach at 1225, depart at 1300, then haul out again at 1334 at Depot’s , Nanakuli. Thanks to Debbie & Chrissy. It was yet another troubled day in Nanakuli.

 According to the Billands there was a report of an animal at Paradise Cove, however it was gone when they arrived. No further info.

 Volunteer Jon Gelman sent a couple of shots of Holokai (RG40) from his Turtle Bay shift today. The “goop” that had been observed on his lower lip seems to be gone today. Thanks Jon !

 Holokai.... looking fat and free of debri
 tooooooooo cute!
 oh she looks beautiful....
Pohaku striking a pose
 crap on the beach... a couple of deflated rafts???
 hmmm anyone for beer pong