Sunday, February 28, 2010

2/28/2010 DB Dailies

Sandy Beach posse person, Mike, called at 0550 to report that Right Spot was still at Sandy Beach. When I arrived at 0600 I found her right where I'd left her last night. I restrung the rope and continued on. We rechecked her throughout the day, and I will be returning there shortly.

Rabbit Island observation conditions were horrible today, but I was there at Makai Pier giving it a shot. I found RIP at 2BS at 0720, and became of little Mikala up near some Morning Glory to the left of 1BS at 0944. She had no doubt been there all along and I'd simply missed her until then. At 0948 Duke hauled out at the right end of the beach and immediately moved up into the grass, where he snoozed away the day.

Team Billand called at 0802 to report Kermit at White Plains. The next call came at 0947 to report Benny at Nimitz Beach. Benny would take off at around 1000, and head in an easterly direction. While Barbara was pursuing him she happened on to Rocky snoozin' on the reef at Wind Sock, Kalaeloa Beach. White Plains lifeguard , Bryan, called at 1030 to report an animal just hauling out to WP. Team Billand confirmed that it was none other than our boy Benny. On a later check of Rocky they found she had moved up onto the beach and was visible from the road, which natural brought more interest.

I happened onto some shots of Lona (R017) on the FLICKR site, taken Lahaina, Maui on 2-27-10. She is sporting her new F2 bleach, and lookin' darned chunky.

Right Spot departed Sandy Beach of her own volition at 1850. I picked up the stuff and called it a day at 1900.

RIP and Mikala
Benny and Kermit
Kermit and Bethany
Lona on Maui

2/28/2010 Dana Hangs Out with Benny & Kermit

Benny and Kermit did their "thing" today at White Plains. Between Access.Surf, Bethany Hamilton, and the filming of the family currently vacationing here while their house is getting built by Extreme Home Makeover, it was an interesting morning and afternoon. Team Billand was there until I got my now sunburned butt over there. Jen showed up to relieve me in the afternoon.

The interesting part is that around 1:30PM Benny decided that Kermit's side of the beach looked greener and went under his ropes to join Kermit at his spot (more centrally located to the filming crews and folks of course, those guys don't give up a photo op).

It offered a better perimeter and things settled down a bit. BUT, not for long. After Jen arrived Kermit decided he wasn't so sure about "sharing" his sandy pastures with Benny and decided to go over and snort and belch on him for a while. Benny pretty much ignored all that rude behavior and they were nose to nose upon my departure. Quite a couple of brah's on the beach...

Mahalo, Dana
Benny, Kermit

Saturday, February 27, 2010

2/27/2010 DB Dailies

Well......... THAT was an interesting day, don't ya' think ? That is as close as I want to come to a Tsunami, thank you !

I was on the road at 0500 to pick up the signs at Kaupo Beach Park before things might get nuts. Right Spot was not there, so I returned home to sit out the day and wait for the "all clear", and channel surf the coverage. KHNL won !

At 1443 the ordeal was over and we were on the road, but we were batting zero until I got a call from a Sandy Beach lifeguard, reporting an animal just hauling out to the east end of the beach. When we arrived at 1444 we found Right Spot. I cordoned her off and will be returning shortly to recheck her.

From Makai Pier at 1504 we found RIP and Mikala , close together at the far left end of the beach.

Team Billand reported Benny at Nimitz Beach at 1510. They confirmed that Benny has begun his molt (1%).

Right Spot showed no signs of leaving when I picked up the rope at 1915.
Right Spot with the seal whisperer...

2/27/2010 Tsunami Saturday

As I was dealing with the sirens and preparing my plan to evacuate.... I thought about the seals and would they be okay... shortly after when I realized that there would be no one on the beaches or in the water... I thought HA!!! our beloved monk seals have a human free day.....  they get to frolic, forge and haul out without any pesky person bothering them....

Hmmm and I thought today was going to be a bad day.....! da blog lady.

Friday, February 26, 2010

2/26/2010 DB Dailes

Rabbit Island was a total bust today. Tracy called at 1100 with the report of an animal at the Makapuu end of Kaupo Beach Park (across from the back entrance to Sea Life Park). When I got there at 1104 I found Right Spot. She has remained there all day. I'll be going to recheck her shortly.
Team Billand was doing Whale duty at Blow Hole today, and called at 1133 with the report of an animal foraging there. At 1148 I saw that big, beautiful , left side N21 bleach, and knew it was Buster.

Team Billand had reported Kermit, Benny and R018 , all together, fronting the cottage area at Nimitz Beach.

Brand new posse people, Noelle & Josh sent shots from the trek to the end of the world yesterday. They found Ka'ena, Kerby, 2AW, and a player to be named later.

Right Spot

2/26/2010 Nimitz Beach

Benny flexing his wrinkles
This isn't something you see everyday!

2/26/2010 Ka'ena Point

Ka'ena & UU

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2/25/2010 DB Dailies

Despite many miles on the Right Spot & Irma Quests, they were no shows today. The Rabbit Island cast was Mikala at the left end, Buster at the greenery right of 1BS, Duke up in the grass at the right end, and Kolohe partially visible behind some water front rocks at the right end. Duke would move down to join him for the day. Both Buster and Mikala also moved down at mid day.

Team Billand reported Benny and Kermit at Nimitz Beach, in separate locations, and 1404 found Ewa Girl at Palm Grove, Campbell Industrial Park.
Duke & Kolohe
Ew Girl

2/25/2010 Benny & Kermit at Nimitz

Just want to acknowledge that many many of the photos on this blog come from Barb and Rob Billand and they come up with some great shots.... but this one of Benny is the only one that made me laugh out loud. Thank you Barb and Rob!
Peek a boo Benny

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2/24/2010 Monk Moment

Hey Blog Lady,

I had a busy day. Lucy and Ethel took me to the beach. We read about Kp2's challenge on his website and decided to get started cleaning up our Molokai Beaches. We collected a number of bags of debris. See the photo of me with the debris. I am challenging all you blog readers to get into the action as well. Check Kp's website for other ideas.

Once we got back to the car we had a flat tire, probably due to the "whale duty" that Lucy and Ethel were on earlier this week--darn kaiwe!! They got the tire changed quickly and we headed home with debris in tow.

Till next time,

2/24/2010 DB Dailies

On my first look at Rabbit Island , to by great surprise, I found Right Spot lying 40 ft left of 2BS. So much for the being back on the North Shore where she belongs myth!
When I got back to Makai Pier at 0950 I found that Kolohe was now fronting the greenery to the right of 1BS. At 1024 he would begin moving down and right to join Right Spot. She brought that thought to a screeching halt with a bark at 15 ft. They remained there for the remainder of the day.

Just to broaden your Rabbit Island knowledge a bit, I'm happy to report that today was the day that the Sooty Terns landed. They have been in the area since the beginning of the month but today was the day that the chief Sooty said it's time. The Brown Noddys began landing on 2-21-10. This is a full week earlier that the usual 1 March landing date.

Team Billand reported Benny and R018 still together at Nimitz Beach. It appeared to be another overnighter. They saw Kermit foraging off the Nimitz jetty at 0737, but I have no further word. At some point during the day R018 took off, and while Barbara intially found Benny at NIM in the late afternoon, he would relocate to the east end fence at White Plains . She found him at 1720.

Nope..... we ain't done yet folks . I just got off the phone (1726) with Karen Bryan. She has KC at Pryamid Rock on MCBH.



Benny & R018
Benny's  boo boo

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2/23/2010 Late Entry 5AY @MCBH

2/23/2010 DB Dailies

I was batting zero until I got to Spitting Cave at 0806. There I found RIP doing 8 minute dives.
When I got back to Makai Pier at 1000 I found M38 at the greenery, to the right of 1BS.

At 1047 Duke hauled out 40 ft left of 1BS.

At 1146 Kolohe hauled out to join M38. There was virtually no interaction. All critters remained there the rest of the day.

There will be no RI photos today. I managed to lose my camera somewhere between MP and home (Bummer......again !)

Team Billand reported Kermit at White Plains at 0825, then Benny and R018 once again at NIM, at 0857. They appeared to have overnighted.
The real shock of the day was TB reporting Ewa Girl near the bunker west of Wind Sock. She has never been seen there before.

Karen Bryan also provided a surprise today. She reported R5AY at MCBH. She too has never been seen at this location before.

Benny & R018
Good to see you Ewa Girl!