My day began as it has of late watching Buster (RV08) doing his 5 minute dives a the Blowhole Lookout at 0634. He would try a haul out to the cove on the Sandy Beach side of the Lookout at 0900, but it was too rough and he gave up and moved back outside and began moving toward Sandy Beach. From the BH Lookout I found Buster hauling out to the east end of Sandy Beach at 0918. I relocated to Buster and began cordoning him off.
Allow me to digress for a moment. At 0733 COSTCO posse member Momi called to say that she was at the east end of SB and she was watching an animal check the shore line. She lost it at the Half Point rocks where it headed outside. I did not see the animal at my BH location, with Buster.
Now back to the action. As I was doing the cordon RIP (RR70)arrived on the scene and he and Buster had words. RIP moved back to the shallows but did not leave. He and Buster went at it again in the shore break, and this time RIP departed to the west, and Buster followed. After picking up the stuff I relocated to Blowhole again, at 0940, and found Buster once again doing 5 minute dives. I did not see RIP again.
Jack (at the Bay) called at 1121 to advise that a visitor had reported an animal swimming the shoreline, east to west, at HB. There was no other info. Moments later Jack called again to advise that other visitors had reported having see 2 seals. I’d gotten a call at 0726 with another report from a credible source at HB also saying an animal had swum through. There is no further info.
At 1245 I found Kaiwi (RK96) snoozin’ in her favorite backyard at China Walls.
When I got back to Blowhole at 1330 I found that Buster had now hauled out to the small cove on the Sandy Beach side of the Blowhole Lookout. Unfortunately there were people there with him. I managed to get them to move away. Gayle called at 1717 to advise that Buster was gone.
On two previous checks of Rabbit Island I’d found nobody, however on my 1350 check I found Duke (RA12) and Pua (RF34) together at Left Greenery. They would enter the water at 1424, and haul out again to the Left Flats area at 1434.
Team Billand called at 0808 with the report of M&M (R020) hauling out fronting Tower#2 at White Plains.
At 1046 Dana called asking about an ID on a reported “T38" tag. With no such animal known I thought RI37 might be a possibility. Dana said the caller had stated that it appeared to be a small animal, and that it might be pregnant. At 1719 Dana called to advise that the RI37 ID had been confirmed.
The Billands did the usual Thursday Reef Runway check this morning, with Security Guard Eileen. They found nobody. Eileen called them at 1330 to advise that she had found Kekoa (RK72) on her rounds, and called again at 1425 to report that U’ilani (RN36) had now arrived to the RR.