Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8-21-2013 Team Billand and Ko'Olina Diane

I had a couple of technical hiccups this evening.... so I am going to post the pictures and not even try to label them.... I will trust Barbara will take care of that in the comments section....
WHAT is important... the photos of the NOAA/NMFS/PIFSC team is a professional group who are authorized to handle and care for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals. They are under a federal permit 932-1905.  Today the guys were fitting a male seal "Rip" with a critter cam that will record his travels.
 Strange characters... bucket on this woman's head
 Rip and Pohaku
 Instead of men in black it's the men with beards... oh my!
 Pohaku ducks away
 Japanese tourist being respectful
 Rip's new bling
 And one dude ready for some film making !!
 Haupu ... thank you Ko'olina Diane
 Pohaku hiding
 Rip's arrival
 Rip with the critter cam
 and life was peaceful before the men with beards showed up!


Laurie said...

I was very lucky to be there yesterday and I still have chills. It was so scary, amazing, thrilling, neat, etc. I just can't tell you what an honor it was to see them at work. Such great people and so gentle to our Rip. He didn't think so, but they were very thorough and just all around awesome! I have pictures, but haven't had time to look at them.

Donna said...

Thanks for the input Laurie.... It is amazing how well the Team knows how to handle these big guys... It also gives you an idea of how fast the seals can move if they want to... Don't let that lazy demeanor fool ya!