Tuesday, November 12, 2013

11-12-13 DB's Dailies: Kaiwi&Kainoa@RI, Irma@KBP, Duke@SC&CW, Kermit&Pohaku@NIM, Kolohe,Benny&RIP@Maili Pt. U'ilani@Rock Piles

At 0708 I found Kaiwi (RK96) snoozin’ at Right Middle Cliff, on Rabbit Island. At 0728 she would be joined by Kainoa (RN04). Both would be gone when I got back to the pier at 1017, but at 1030 Kaiwi hauled out again to RMC, and at 1038 Kainoa would haul out at 3BS. Both remained the rest of the day.
At 1105 posse member Kathy called with the report of an U/U at Spitting Cave. She called again at 1130 to advise that she had lost the animal, but then at 1037 she reported that the animal was back. I checked the Kokee Flats and finding nothing arrived at SC at 1152 to find an U/U with 2 red tags, doing 8 minute dives. This appeared to be a subadult animal, with no visible markers and a new , but not brand new coat. After many ups I was still stymied, but ruled out everybody but a possible Duke. I had to depart for another call so I never got an ID.
Lesley would call with news from diver Hector Sequin Jr, about an animal he had videoed at China Walls around 1100. The video would confirm the Duke ID, and the timing coincided with the timing of Kathy's losing sight of the animal at SC.
I had to depart for a 1243 Hotline call from Lesley. The caller had reported "a small animal with tags" at Kaupo Beach Park. That would prove not to be the case. When I arrived at 1303 I found Irma (R010) cruisin’ in near shore waters at KBP. She would never actually haul out to the beach, but chose to spend the day lolling in shallows 20 ft off shore, and resting out amongst the rocks at the pier end of the beach park. She would depart of her own volition at 1645.
This would prove to be Day #4 of no Kea sightings.
At 0940 Team Billand advised that they would observing 2 foraging animals off shore of CIP. They would quickly get the Kermit (R012) ID, but it would take until 1043 to confirm that the other animal was Pohaku RO28). They would lose Pohaku but ultimately found Kermit hauled out to Wind Sock at 1108. Kermit would be run off by fishermen at 1643.
At 1500 the Billand found Kolohe (RW22), Benny (RE74) & RIP (RR70) at Maili Point.

The highlight of the day came with a call from Colleen Heyer at 1723 reporting that she was with U’ilani (RN36) at the tiny bit of sand at Rock Piles, behind the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel / Ala Wai Yacht Habor. TERRIFIC!!! what no pictures?

Just an FYI.  U'ilani was no longer there when I went to adjust ropes and signs at 8pm.  Her resident Aunties and Uncles said she had left around 7:30PM.  Guess it was just a quick visit and rest before moving on.  That suits me JUST FINE........hope she finds some place else to hang out.  We do not need another Waikiki visitor from the monk seal ohana.  aloha, Dana

 Benny at Maili 
Kolohe at Maili
 Rip at Maili
Kermit and Pohaku 
 Kermit still trying to romance Pohaku
 Kermit at Wind sock
 Where is my woman?
Great series of shots of Kermit on the move
 oh that was exhausting.


barbara said...

Thanks for saying you found Little Miss U ilani, who was missing since the Molasses spill. You have given us, HOPE. THANKS!!!! Great find, too bad, NO PHOTOS to see her growth and health.

YIPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U ilani lives!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG NEWS, Ui is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

madhatter said...

Love the pictures of Kermit , he was definitely on a mission, also the way he puts his head up to look around.
You go Kermit !