At 0915 the U/M that has been around the past few days, moved out from behind rocks on the right side of Seal Rock Inlet. I had been totally unaware of him until he moved into view. He would remain at that location until departing at 1156, only to haul out again to the far left end of the beach at 1211. He would remain there until 1400 and began a cruise of the beach front. More on that in a moment. During all of today’s activity I was still not able to ID this guy. I got good looks, there just weren’t any markers from this distance. I did see a probable partial tag on one hind flipper. He has an older coat, and a dark male belly. He appears to be a young , adult male.
At 0951 Aukai (RL12) hauled out to mid Middle Cliff.
At 1009 Kaiwi (RK96) hauled out to 3BS , but would relocate to mid Middle Cliff at 1315, 50 ft right of Aukai.
At 1045 Nani (RK60) would haul out to join Aukai.
As previously mentioned, the U/M was doing his “cruiser male” thing. At 1403 he spied Kaiwi, and hurriedly hauled out and galumphed to her. The interaction was minimal. Kaiwi just wasn’t playin’ the game. He looked over his shoulder and saw Nani & Aukai, 50 ft away, and galumphed to them, with the same out come. While he was with them , young dude Kekoa hauled out to join Kaiwi. Tiring of the the 2 girls, the U/M began moving back toward Kaiwi. To my surprise Kekoa took up a blocking position, and though he and the U/M had brief words, Kekoa stayed put, though the U/M was older and larger. The kids got guts. He maintained his position and lo & behold the U/M did his slow roll to the sea and departed. That was the situation when I departed at end of day. I suspect there will be other episodes to this tale.
At 0758 Dana called to advise that Rocky (RH58) had overnighted at Kaimana. Karen Rohter called to say that Rocky’s molt continues. Christian Young called at 0920 to advise that Rocky had departed. Alas , that was not to be the end of the Kaimana day.
Ocean Safety called at 1722 with the report of an animal at Kaimana Beach. The ID hasn’t been confirmed yet, but I’ve got a cat on Rocky for sure.
John Sadowsky reported an animal in Ewa Beach at 0806. The Billands arrived at Access #186i at 0825 to find T21M. Lori and Diane T., spent the day with him and advised that at 1310 he had relocated 100 ft west.
At 0958 Dana called to advise that Jeannie had reported Right Spot (R016) at Rocky Rights, on the North Shore. Karen Turner would provide shots of our girl. Thank you to Jeannie and Karen.
At 1127 Team Billand reported the Benny (RE74) at Lani’s, KoOlina.
At 1305 the Billands called with the report of Kolohe (RW22) & Haupu (RB24) at Tracks.
At 1525 they found RL42, once again at Makua Cliffs.
In the Yesterday’s News department Kimo Smith sent shots of Ka’ena (RO40), RIP (RR70), Nihoa (R912), RW02 & RL42 at Ka’ena Point on yesterday’s trek to Ka’ena Point.