On my 2nd look at Rabbit Island, at 0913 I found a gang of 4 hangin’ out in the Morning Glory, left of 1BS. They would prove to be Kolohe (RW22), RK36, 15% molted, Aukai (RL12), and the same U/M, that has been eluding ID for a few days now. It is an adult sized , male animal with an old coat, and at least 1 red tag. Though he was quite visible today, the heat distortion caused by the cold North winds, made it difficult to see markers. All would move down independently.
At 1038 Duke (RA12) arrived on the scene, and brought chaos to the quiet group. He managed to get in the face of all the rest of the boys, as each would vie for prime location next to Aukai. While he had words with one, another would sneak nearer to Aukai. Ultimately Duke and Kolohe would be the prime contenders, and Aukai would enter the water with the 2 males close behind at 1117. At 1136 all 3 would haul out right of 1BS. Since Kolohe was 40 ft right of the other 2, I’m guessin’ Duke was da’ winna’!
Gayle called at 1144 to advise that Kea (RN46) was just hauling out to the Sandy Beach outfall. She already had the SPZ well underway when I arrived. Gayle called at 1818 to advise that Kea had departed.
At 0710 Team Billand called to advise that there posse member Rich had reported an animal at the fence line at White Plains, and cordoned it off. The Billands would confirm the Makaiwi (R4DF) ID at 0733.
Also at 0710 they reported getting a call from their posse member John , reporting an animal foraging off of Nimitz Jetty. They would confirm the Haupu (RB24) ID, at 0809, as she foraged off shore of #1806 Nimitz Cottages. At 1044 they would report her hauling out near the Surf Shack at White Plains.
Ocean Safety called at 1145 to advise of an animal at Yokes. The Billands confirmed the Benny (RE74) ID at 1345.
I got a call from Keone, whom the Maili BP life guards had given my number. He was reporting an animal in the channel at “Green Lantern’s”, at the west end of Maili BP. He thought it might have something in it’s mouth, but that was a very vague possibility. I notified the Billands and they responded, checking the channel as well as Maili BP, and the west side of the channel, but they found nothing. The hunt continued. At 1533 they called to advise that they had checked the coast line east and west but had found nothing. There is a possibility that volunteer Tiffany may have gotten shots. Awaiting further word.