Saturday, October 17, 2015

10/17/2015 DB's Dailies: Kainoa@Rabbit Island, Kolohe@Lanai Lookout, Kea@Sandy Beach, Pohaku@Nanakuli, Rocky@Kaimana, Ka'ena,Luana&RW02@Ka'ena Point, Nihoa,La'akea&Holokai@Turtle Bay, Right Spot &UU(RW2-)@ Diamond Head

It was a very interesting day in the Monk Seal world. It began as a routine day. A 0807 I found what would prove to be Kainoa (RN04) just hauling out for a snooze, fronting 1BS on Rabbit Island. He would prove to be the only resident for today.

 Gayle called at 1252 with the report of Kolohe (RW22) once again on the Lanai Lookout Flats.

 Our last find out this way came with a call from Lifeguards reporting an animal at the east end of Sandy Beach. When we arrived we found Kea (RN46) snoozin’ on his favorite outfall. It was my first up close and personal look at the new & improved Kea, after his RI molt. He remains at dark.

 At 0634 Team Billand checked in with the report of Pohaku (RO28) once again at Puka Pants Beach, Nanakuli. There were several reports of problems with uncaring people on the beach, as is always the case at that location. Sad !!! Pohaku departed at 1715. Mahalos Debbie,Melina&Sarah for enduring the abuse.

 At 0642 a DanaTxt advised that she had gotten word that Rocky (RH58) had departed. I’m not sure of the source. Posse member Christian Young would do a check from Diamond Head to the Wall, and reported finding nobody, at 0957.

 Marilyn & Lesley did their usual trek to The End of the World. At 0924 Marilyn reported Ka’ena (RO40) & Luana (RN58) at the Main Pool. At 0953 RW02 would join the others.

 At 1040 a DanaTxt advised of 3 animals at Turtle Bay. I believe Carola to be the source. Thanks to Carola’s shots, and Diane Gabriel’s forward , the animals would prove to be Nihoa (R912), with La’akea (RK82) at Right Spot’s Spot, and Holokai (RG40) at the Keiki Pool (no photos).

 All that was interesting enough, but a DanaTxt at 1147 taught me once again the dangers of assuming. Dana’s text reported 2 animals at Diamond Head. Of course, the first name that popped into my mind is Rocky, and some horny male (probably Buster ).

 Posse member Christian Young saved the day. He went to check the situation, and his photos came as a shock. Lo & Behold it was not Rocky& Buster at all. His photos show the signature “jigsaw puzzle” notch on the Right Hind Flipper, and the right side, posterior natural bleach that confirm our girl Right Spot (R016). Though there was no belly visible on the other animal, it is quite likely that it would be a male, but ??? There were two red tags visible, but only one was partially readable, with a visible “W2-“. The shots have been forwarded to the office so an ID is probable. I have nothing in my photo database, but in looking at the Ws I have a Molokai male at the top of my guess list. We Shall See.

Kea at Sandy's 
getting all sandy at sandys
 right spot and u/male hanging out at Kaimana
 unknown male's tag RW
Pohaku hanging out at Nanakuli

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