Sunday, June 26, 2016

6/26/2016 DB's Dailies: Kaiwi&PO4@AD, Aukai,Kala,Kekoa&RG32@Rabbit Island, RL42&RIP@Makua Cliffs

At 0530 Kaiwi&PO4 (D#11) were in their tide pool, but in relatively short order they moved out of the tide pool and into the open water shallows area just east of the tide pool. At one point Kaiwi wanted to haul out to an elevated rock flats are just east of their swim area, but the pup can’t climb those rocks, so it was aborted. They would ultimately haul out and move up to the sand area, 20 ft east of the existing fence line. We put up the temporary rope and signs to give them the required comfort zone. They were snoozin’ when I departed. They would do another water session on Marilyn&Nicole’s shift. Mahalos also to Karen R., Melanie & Gayle.

 The highlight of my day began when I arrived at Makai Pier for Rabbit Island observations at 0830. The only animal visible at that time was an U/F right of 3BS. She would be joined at 0827 by what would prove to be Kekoa (RK72). It would be 1355 before I finally confirmed an ID on this female. To my shock & awe it would prove to be Aukai (RL12). Though a Rabbit Island girl by birth, she embarked on her great adventure on 11-4-15, showing up at Ka’ena Point a few days later, and the intervening months have taken place at KP, or the West Side. She had last been reported on 6-8-16 when she got her new left side posterior N12 bleach, which is how I got the ID today. Welcome home girl ! It has been a lonnnnng journey. I hope she’ll hang at home for a while.

 The rest of the Rabbit Island cast for today would be Kekoa (RK72), RG32 & the weaner, Kala. 

Team Billand reported RL42 at Makua Cliffs at 0959. She would be joined by RIP (RR70) at 1554.

 I received no other reports from any quadrant today.

welcome home Aukai!
 Kala weaner kid 
 Kekoa, Aukai and RG32
Kaiwi and PO4
 mom catching some Zzzzz
 and now it's mealtime 
 poor kid looks exhausted 
 gee whiz Kaiwi... isn't there an easier route?
 finally some soft sand
 snuggle time
Rip and RL42
 Rip R70

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