Monday, March 16, 2015

3/15/2015 DB's Dailies: Aukai&Duke@RI, U/U@SC, Kaiwi@BF, Haupu@Lanikohonua, R5AY&PO1@TB

At 0807 I found Duke (RA12) just hauling out and moving up to the Morning Glory fronting 1BS, on Rabbit Island.

 At 0858 Aukai (RL12) would haul out to the left end of the beach and move up to the log , 40 ft left of 1BS. Both would later move down to the water line to cool off, but there was no observed interaction.

 Marilyn called from Spitting Cave with the report of what would prove to be an U/U, doing 9 minute dives. Her shots were inconclusive, but 2 red tags could be seen underwater. Though she as well as Melanie checked the other spots on that side, China Walls, and Kokee, no animals were noted.

 At 1002 posse member Bob U., called to advise that there was an animal at Buster Flats, Lanai Lookout. Marilyn was in the area and confirmed the Kaiwi (RK96) ID. Both Melanie and I checked later in the day, and she remains, despite the Adoring Hordes down on the flats, as has become the norm. It used to be a few divers and fishermen. Now it MUST be in the tour guide books because there are waaay to many people down there. A girl can’t get a decent days sleep anymore.

Team Billand called at 0916 with the report of Haupu (RB24) doing her floating thing off of Lanikohonua.

For the rest of you Makaiwi (R4DF) fans, I’m happy to report that a call from Lesley at 1502, brought word that she was seen today at Keahole Pt, on the Big Island.

 In the Yesterday’s&Today’s News department Rikki Goble sent a coupla’ shots from Turtle Bay yesterday, with R5AY&PO1. She (Rikki) was part of the volunteer training up there yesterday. Rikki also sent some great swim sessions shots of Mom & Pup from today, as did Vera Cober. Also in Y/N,

Ken Tingman sent shots from his Ka’ena Point trek yesterday.

 Haupu at Lanikohonua 
 this girl needs get out of the water and dry off for a bit 
PO1 is turning into porky 1
 Mom and child 
 this is a great pic of the little one going for a swim
 love the water shots!!  
Volunteer Posse Training!!!


Anonymous said...

I wonder if it possible that Haupu is staying in the water as part of her recovery. Since her body was gearing up to nurse a pup, she has excess calories to burn off. And I wonder if she has to run through some kind of physiological winding down of her lactation. I know human moms who can't nurse get engorged- ice packs help them. Maybe cool water feels better than hard sand? I don't suppose we have any way of knowing how a seal recovers from this kind of loss.

Melanie said...

This is an interesting observation. Look back on this blog for comments last year when Haupu also lost her pup.

Anonymous said...

I would like to read the comments about Haupu's last loss. I have tried the search function but haven't been able to locate the right time frame. Can someone tell me when it happened?
Thanks. I'm learning so much from this blog and really appreciate the work that is being done by this group of volunteers!

barbara said...

Haupu RB24 lost her pup on July 18th 2014.

She has lost her SECOND SON on Mar 5 2015. She gave birth, no one knew, it sank to bottom of lagoon 2.

Two snorklers found it on the bottom and notified volunteer. A nice man dived down to lagoon to retrieve the lifeless little boy. VERY TRAGIC.

Today captured in Lagoon 2, taken to ford Island. Prayers to her. she has been through so much in her young life.

Anonymous said...

I certainly hope they can help her. Poor thing.
Thanks for the updates.