Monday, February 29, 2016

2/29/2016 And One More RI37 at Bathtub Beach

Thank you Diane for sending these photos of RI37... she is looking healthy and big.... I only hope if she is pregnant she can finally have a successful birth.

2/29/2016 DB's Dailies: Kolohe,Kainoa,Kea&RG32@Rabbit Island, Buster&Kaiwi@China Walls, Melanie&DB, Nihoa@KoOlina, Kekoa@Maili Pt, Benny@White Plains, Pohaku@CIP, 2-29-16 Y/N, BG&Holokai@Turtle Bay

On my first look at Rabbit Island, at 0710 I found what would turn out to be RG32 up in the grass, 60 ft right of 3BS. He would later move down allowing the ID.

 At 0950 Kolohe (RW22),Kea(RN46)&Kainoa(RN04) hauled out to the water front rocks fronting RG32. He move down to join them and all four returned to the water for a play session, fronting the entry point. Kolohe would haul out at 0959, leaving the play to the whippersnappers. The other 3 would haul out to join Kolohe at 1118.

 Melanie called at 1100 to advise that she had Kaiwi (RK96) & an animal that would turn out to be Buster (RV08) together on the shelf at China Walls. Kaiwi looks to be a tad bigger than Buster now. Thank you Melanie !!!

 A text from the Billands at 0539 advised that KoOlina Security had called to report that Nihoa (R912) had overnighted at Lagoon#2. Mahalos to Warren & Kathy.

 At 0820 Team Billand reported Kekoa (RK72) at Maili Point.

 The Billands called at 1007 to advised that White Plains lifeguards had reported at swimming head off shore of the beach. That was followed at 1010 with the report that the animal had hauled out fronting the Snack Bar. The Billands confirmed the Benny (RE74) ID at 1100. NOAA personnel arrived at 1127 and Benny was vaccinated. He is also now sporting a new double girdle. Mahalos to Bev .

 The NOAA gang also went to Maili Point afterward and vaccinated Kekoa (RK72).

 At 1539 Team Billand found Pohaku (RO28) foraging off shore of Campbell Industrial Park.

 In the Yesterday’s News department, shots received from Jon Gelman show BG (R303) and Holokai (RG40) at separate locations, Turtle Bay yesterday. Thank you Jon.

 Kaiwi and Buster 
 Our little girl is all grown up and then some.... wonder if this is going to be the year she gives birth?
Benny hanging out at White Plains
 NOAA vaccine team... getting ready to poke Kekoa
Nihoa at KoOlina
 Pohaku at Campbells
Yesterday at Turtle Bay... BG R303
 sweet little Holokai

Sunday, February 28, 2016

2/28/2016 Additional Seal Sightings

Lesley and a little munchkin... hmmm Lesley you might want to you sunblock in your chapstick... LOL (only kidding of course)... cute picture.
 R8HY at Mokuleia
 News from 2/26 of Pohaku @ Depots where apparently someon got a little too close to her... she seems fine even though he threw a fish at her.  Thank you Kathy for the update
 Tony Q reported this little bathing beauty at bathtub beach... no positive ID was made.

2/28/2016 DB's Dailies: Kolohe,Buster,RG32,Greenie,J/U@Rabbit Island,Kaiwi@Spitting Cave&China Walls, Kimo Kai@Maili Guard Rails, Kekoa@Maili Point, Rocky@Iroquois Point, Nihoa@L#2, KoOlina, R8HY@Mokuleia

At 0730 I found Kolohe (RW22) in the Morning Glory, left of 1BS, and Buster (RV08), 80 ft right of 3BS, on Rabbit Island.

 Initially , I thought I had two small animals below cut at the left end, but as the vog cleared and light offered a better view it would prove to be 2 Mylar Balloons.

 It was apparent from the trail that Kolohe had galumphed up to his location from a starting point 50 ft right of 1BS. I was looking forward to seeing how he would deal with getting back down to the beach. When he began he headed straight for the cut, but after peering over the edge, opted for going down the same way he had gotten up. He would enter the water at 1015 and haul out again to join Buster for the day at 1023. They would remain the rest of the day.

 As Kolohe was entering the water I happened to look up, amongst the high grass, and lo & behold there was a barely visible animal up there. When he later moved down it would prove to be RG32. He would enter the water at 1032, and haul out again to the right end of the Middle Cliff at 1049, where he remained the rest of the day.

 On a pan at 1140 I found “Greenie”, the U/F, with 2 red tags (Cass ???) Just hauling out 60 ft right of 3BS. She would galumph down to join Kolohe & Buster for the day.

 On a pan at 1300 I found a partially visible animal just hauling out to Seal Rock Inlet. It would remain partially visible the rest of the day. On a flipper flex I saw 2 red tags, and I also noted a pit scar at the LFF joint. In all probability this was Kainoa, but never having seen a sex, I just did want to take a chance on an ID. Maybe tomorrow ????

 At 0818 Marilyn called with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) doing 11-12 minute dives at Spitting Cave. ID was by her NB on her head, as well as her left side N96 bleach.

 A Dana Jones call at 1135 brought word of an animal at China Walls. Melanie confirmed the Kaiwi ID at 1216.

 At 0921 Team Billand reported Kimo Kai (T12) at Maili Guard Rails. He was gone on the 1600 recheck.

 The Billands advised that Dana had called with the report of an animal at Iroquois Point, and that volunteer Ralph had reported a foraging animal off shore of L#2 KoOlina, at 1313.

 The Billands responded to IRQ and found Rocky (RH58), with a beach goer and set up, 10 ft away. They spoke with him and he wasn’t going to move..period. He advised that Rocky had been there since 0900 this morning.

At 1332 Team Billand found Kekoa (RK72) at Maili Point.

 At 1713 Lesley called to advise that she had found Kauai new guy, R8HY, once again at the Birth Beach, Mokuleia. She had called this morning after a check at 0711, and no one was there.

 The Billands advised that a Dana call at 1752 brought word of an animal hauling out to Lagoon#2, KoOlina. Volunteer Warren sent a shot of Nihoa.

Kolohe and Buster 
  Greenie Kolohe and Buster
 Juvenile Unknown 
Kaiwi at china walls
 she's looking MIGHTY large Marge
 Kaiwi at spitting cave
 Kimo Kai