Saturday, January 2, 2016

1/2/2016 DB's Dailies: Buster,RM38,Kimo Kai,Kolohe,RG32& an Unknown J/F & A/F @ Rabbit Island, RW02, Ka'ena&Aukai@ Ka'ena Point, Benny@White Plains, Pohaku@Guard Rails, and R5AY@ Laie

It was a bumper crop at Rabbit Island today. Seven critters ! At 0824 I found what would prove to be Buster (RV08) and RM38, on opposite sides of the log in the Morning Glory, 40 ft left of 1BS. At 0832 Kimo Kai (RT12) hauled out to the left end of the beach, and galumphed up to join the guys at the log. At 0845 I came back on a pan and found another animal coming out of the deep vegetation behind the log, to join the rest. This would prove to be an unknown, juvenile female. It is the same green animal that has been hauling out to the Rocky Right Beach area on widely separated occasions. I still can’t get an ID on her so J/F will have to do. She does have 2 red tags.

 At 0941 I found Kolohe (RW22) just hauling out, 30 ft right of 1BS, and moving up into the Morning Glory. On another pan at 0949 I found what would turn out to be an adult female, with 2 red tags, hauling out 70 ft right of 1BS. She too would move up to the Morning Glory. I was never able to get an ID on this animal either, so A/F has to do.

 My biggest surprise of the day began at 1002 when I just happened to find a very small little creature back at the base of the cliff at the left end of the beach. It was exploring the cliff area, but them returned to the water, only to haul out to the left end rock flats again, for a bit, then reenter the water and at 1042 haul out fronting the locations of Kolohe & the A/F.

 About the time I was watching this little one, RM38 & Kimo Kai got in the water, and shortly thereafter they too hauled out to join the little one and the other two. Kimo Kai would stay there however RM38 galumphed back to the log. He, Buster & the J/F would wind up moving down to the far left end of the beach to cool off for the rest of the day.

 It took some hours but small , red tagged male would turn out to RG32. His ID was by his right side L5 bleach mark. He has visited RI a couple of times before. He is a Molokai boy.

 At 0758 Melanie, who was on Access Surf duty at White Plains, called to advise that there was an animal there, near the first cottage. Lifeguard Dennis jumped into action and put the cordon, while the Billands were in route. It would prove to be the Benny (RE74). Thanks to Jan,Willie, Warren & Paula for being there for him. Warren said Benny departed at 1821.

 Team Billand would also find Pohaku (RO28) at Maili Guard Rails at 1425.

 Marilyn & Lesley did the usual Saturday trek to the End of the World. They would find RW02 on the Main Beach, and Aukai (RL12) & Ka’ena (RO40) on the Back Beach.

 A Dana text at 1253 advised of animal reported in Laie. Both Don Porter & Jon Gelman would document R5AY at Kokololio Beach, Laie

Juvenile female
 Buster, RM38, J/F, 
  Kimo Kai, Koloje RG32, and J/F
 Kimo Kai, RG32, and Kolohe
Kolohe, Kimo Kai, RG32 and J/F
  RG32 and J/F
 RM38 and J/F
 RM38, J/F and Buster
 Aukai and Ka'ena
R5AY aka Honey Girl
 Momma Belly
Benny and the crowds at White Plains
 surf's up.... 

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