According to what I read on line and some monk seal posse pals, today was Monk Seal Count Day. I don't have any official numbers but heard there were 20 critter seen on Kauai.
Based on Marilyn and Lesley's Ka'ena trek today they found 5 monk seals, so whatever
Oahu's numbers turn out to be, 5 were seen at Ka'ena point.
Marilyn and Lesley found BG R303 and PvKauai RW02 at Camp Erdman, and it appears they had spent the night. BG was ID'd by the line scar on her head, female belly with scar by right upper nipple and no tags. RW02 was ID'd by his W77 tag, old coat and partially shaved male belly. Both these critters may molt soon.
Their next find was RR70 RIP at 10 minute beach. He was ID'd by his old coat his R76 tag. He also looks like he is ready to molt soon. RIP was still there on the hike back to the car.
At Hidden Beach they were delighted to find RN58 Luana. She was ID'd by her newish coat, the parallel line scars, female belly, upper chest scar and her N58 tag. She is looking good and healthy. She was still on the beach on the hike back to the care.
On the hike out from the point RO40 Ka'ena was in his pool. He was partially submerged but was ID'd by the line scar at the base of his RFF.
Unfortunately Marilyn did not get to observe Rabbit Island due to an accident/incident in the Sea Life Park area.