At 0820 I found what would turn out to be Kimo Kai (RT12) on the beach behind Seal Rock Inlet. He too would remain there all day, but at 1039 he had a guest star join him. It was the small , green , female, with 2 red tags, that I still can’t ID.
At 0830 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out at the far left end of the island and galumphed up to the log where he hit the snoozes button. He would late move down to cool off, and he too remained all day.
An Ocean Safety call at 0940 advised that an animal had just hauled out at the east end of Sandy Beach. When I arrived at 0950 I found Right Spot (R016), and cordoned her off. She didn’t provide much help in documenting her new wounds and scars, but I did manage to document a series of pukas on her belly, which I hadn’t gotten a good look at yesterday (Tracy thought urchins might be the cause), and most notably a wound on her RHF that still appears to be bleeding to some degree. She departed at 1843. Mahalos to Gayle & Marilyn.
Though it is always nice to have Right Spot down for a visit, the real highlight of me day came at 0902. While scoping out RI as usual, I chanced to spy a seal pop up about 100 ft out from my office. From then until my departure for the Right Spot call at 0940, I was firing away as it would surface after multiple 6 minute dives. I had absolutely no clue who it was, and sadly it was gone when I got back from the Sandy Beach run. When I downloaded the photos and began going through them, I discovered that it was Buster (RV08)!!! The ID was primarily by his left eye scar, as well as an unreadable tag, and numerous dorsal dings.
A Diane Gabriel text at 1208 brought word from Don Porter that R5AY & BG (R303) were at the Elbow, Turtle Bay. Don’s shots confirm BG, and an R5AY shot from posse member Joli provided the R5AY ID, by tag.
At 1330 Team Billand reported 2 foraging animal off shore of Maili Point, and later advised that there were now 3. At 1333 Kekoa (RK72) hauled out to Maili Point, leaving the other 2 out there. Barbara ID’d RIP (RR70) but the 3rd remains an UU.
An afternoon text from The Donna provided a shot of a newly arriving animal to Moku Nui. Sadly, no ID was possible.
Team Billand called at 1837 to advise that Benny had just hauled out to #1708, White Plains.