Tuesday, December 31, 2013

12-31-2013 Happy New Year

Wishing each and everyone of you a very happy and healthy new year.... Let's hope 2014 brings good things for our beloved Hawaiian monk seals.
(photo team billand)

12-31-2013 DB Dailies

At 0827 Marilyn called with the report of Kea (RN46) doing 10 minute dives at Spitting Cave.
At 1517 Gayle called to advise that she had found Kea at Lanai Lookout Cove.
At 1643 posse member Linda called to report Rocky (RH58) in her backyard at the Kokee Flats. When we arrived at 1700 we confirmed the Rocky ID.
At 0650 Team Billand reported Makaiwi (R4DF) at #1707, White Plains.
At 0754 they added Buster (RV08) at #1708 to their WP cast.
At 0915 Kermit (R012) arrived, joining Makaiwi at #1707.
At 1431 Team Billand found Kerby (RW08) at Maili Point.
Team Billand reported Ewa Girl (RS00) at Wind Sock at 1830.
A Very Happy New Year to all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gayle and Kea
 Marilyn and Kea
 guess who
  Buster rolling in White Plains
 Haupu white plains
 Kermit and Maka'iwi
 Looking good Kermit
 Maka'iwi looking beautiful
 Rocky at Kokee Flats
 Kerby at Maili

Monday, December 30, 2013

12-30-2013 DB's Dailies: Aukai@RI, Kea@SC, Makaiwi,M&M,Buster,Kermit&Haupu@WP

Despite lots of miles and lots of lookin’ it would be 1011 before I found my first critter. It was Aukai (RL12), 60 ft right of 3BS on Rabbit Island.
At 1022 posse member Susan called with the report of "N46" at Spitting Cave. When I arrived at 1043 I confirmed the Kea ID. Unfortunately, I saw only 2 ups before he was run off by a dive tour group.

Tracy called at 1115 with the answer to yesterday’s U/U animal at Blowhole. It was Benny’s Girl, BG (R303). Her visits to the SE quadrant are rare. I saw her at Spitting Cave on 4-3-11, and on 2-13-09 she hauled out at Crappy Cove. She was seen once on Molokai on 11-30-07 so she could well be here going to or returning from an inter-island trip, but ??????? Her last sighting was on 12-11-13 at White Plains.
Team Billand called at 0700 to advise that Buster (RV08), M&M (R020), Makaiwi (R4DF) & Kermit (R012) were at #1708, White Plains. Witnesses said Benny (RE74) had been there but departed 15 minutes before their arrival. The Billands reported Buster’s departure at 1233, and Makaiwi’s departure at 1419, however Makaiwi returned at 1436, hauling out to #1707A.
At 1255 the Billands advised that Eileen had reported T21M at the Reef Runway.
At 1741 Team Billand reported the arrival of Haupu (RB24) to join Kermit at 1708, WP.

Donna forwarded shots from Sullivan Haskins, taken Friday on the Mokes of a female animal. ID is inconclusive.
DB *** I added the other two shots that didn't get sent to you last night.... I don't think it's going to make a difference... :-(

 unidentified female on the Mokes from last Friday 
 wish there was something we had to tell us who this is :-(
 no doubt this is kermit and haupu at white plains
 doing a little seal play dance
 now they just resting...
  Haupu.... pretty shot
 Kermit almost finished...  
 MM and Buster
 ain't they sweet?  
 and here we have the beautiful Maka'iwi

Sunday, December 29, 2013

12-29-2013 DB's Dailies:Aukai@RI, U/U@BH, Kea@Eternity Beach, Benny,Makaiwi,Kermit,M&M@WP, Ewa Girl@RR

At 0714 I found what I believed to be Buster foraging at Blowhole. At 1019 with better lighting it became clear that this was not Buster. I have no clue who it is, but thankfully there are excellent markers, so Tracy can provide some insight. If anyone recognizes the markers let me know.
On my 4th look at Eternity Beach, at 0928 I found Kea (RN46) on the beach below. I cordoned him off and he remains. Kea was still there when I departed in the dark.
At 1205 I found what proved to be Aukai (RL12), 60 ft right of 3BS on Rabbit Island.
Team Billand checked in at 0700 with the report of Benny (RE74) & Makaiwi (R4DF) at #1707, and Kermit (R012) at #1708, White Plains.
At 0917 they reported the arrival of M&M (R020) to Tower#2 , WP.

At 1400 they advised that Eileen had called with the report of Ewa Girl (RS00) at the Reef Runway.

 U/U by Blowhole 
 Benny Maka'iwi Kermit and MM
 Team Billand and the Crofts !