At 0735 on my first look at Rabbit Island I found 2 animals galumphing down the incline, 40 ft left of 1BS. They entered the water together. Both had brand new coats on, and though an ID was not possible, my dollar is on Aukai & Nani, since they have been hangin’ together through their molts, and were at that location at end of day yesterday, but ???
Also at 0735, to my distress I found two guys apparently just picking up a lay net , from a dingy & kayak, 300 ft out from the Makai Pier breakwater. I also noted a black buoy still in the water at that location. Also present were 2 seals right there with the guys. I was ultimately able to ID the two as Kaiwi & Kekoa . Even after the guys departed the two continued to hang around that buoy. I guessed that there might be food there. They departed after an hour or so, and at 0958 both Kekoa (RK72) & Kaiwi (RK96) hauled out together at Seal Rock Inlet on Rabbit Island.
I contacted DOCARE Officer Ken, and he responded to the pier at 0934, and swam out, inspected the buoy and finding 50 ft of attached net, picked it up and brought it back to the pier for confiscation.
At 1107 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out to join Kekoa & Kaiwi. All remained the rest of the day.
At 0635 Team Billand called with the report of Kolohe (RW22) at Guard Rails.
At 1245 Dana called to advise that Rocky (RH58) was at Diamond Head, between Colleen’s house and the showers. I think Dana said that Lesley had responded. According to Dana, Rocky hauled out to a number of locations from that location to the Lighthouse, but ultimately departed DH.
At 1531 I got a call from Ocean Safety advising of an animal just hauling out to Kaimana Beach. I gotta’ coupla’ cats on Rocky, but ???? Dana confirmed the Rocky (RH58) ID at 1814.
At 1415 Team Billand called with the news that they had found Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s, and that she was in the company of the Benny (RE74).