There were lots of people out at Ka'ena today, hiking, camping, driving off roads, fishing and or having a family beach day
RO40 "Ka'ena" was our first encounter lingering in the Main Pool, he was on the center reef soon to be washed by bigger set of waves. Something possibly in the water spooked him, so he entered the pool and swam away. We have seen this behavior of his before, so we followed him and made it to his pool shortly before him. He swam around checking all corners before settling on the opposite side of the pool under the "waterfall" to sleep.
On Back Beach we found a little female that at first we thought could be RL42, but the lack of tags proved it wasn't her. We were faced with a REAL unknown juvenile female. I checked the photos of the U/F taken at the point in late February and it's not the same seal - that one had CC scars this one doesn't have any scars.
While we were walking fom one side to the other, a lady pointed out to us a seal hauling out. It was RW22 "Kolohe" hauling out on the Mokuleia side of the Main Pool then settling down to rest on some outside reefs.
We headed back combing the beaches once again looking for other seals and especially for little RN58 "Luana". We had checked Birth Beach on our arrival and again on our way out - we saw trails but no seal. From there Marilyn pointed to a possible seal on Mokuleia Beach. We checked and there was RK36, resting near the waterline.
It was a busy morning for the MonkSealSighting Hotline. Thank you to all callers and to the volunteers that responded. Aloha, Lesley