At 0800 I found Pua (RF34) amongst the rocks at the left end of Rabbit Island. NOAA personnel went to RI today and tagged her at 1600. They confirmed the female sex. She is now RF34/35. DB you usually have a story behind the name... why Pua? Just curious.
At 0930 I found M38 cruising the beach front. He would take off around mid day.
At 1025 Gayle called with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at China Walls. I checked her at 1100.
At 1332 I found an U/F hauling out to Rocky Right Beach, RI. NOAA personnel were on island and confirmed that this was a subadult female with no tags, Sadly, they also noted a substantial shark bite wound to the right side of her face. Personnel will go out in the morning to capture her for further medical evaluation. Hopefully we'll get some updates :-(
Colleen called at 0820 with the report of Rocky (RH58) at Kaimana Beach. She would depart at 1000.
At 1040 the Billands found Kekoa (RK72) at the Reef Runway.
At 1330 Colleen reported Buster (RV08) at Diamond Head.
It is with much sadness that I have to report that Team Billand found a dead, R018, in the near shore waters of Kalaeloa Campgrounds. NOAA personnel responded and brought him back for necropsy. This is so sad....