Observation conditions for Rabbit Island were horrible today, but the job must be done, to the extent possible. At 0851 I found what would prove to be Kala (RH76) on the left rock flats, Kekoa(RK72)& a large U/M together, 80 ft right of 3BS, and RG32 to the right of Seal Rock Inlet. All would remain at those locations for the day.
Team Billand checked in at 1039 to advise that NOAA & HMMA personnel were at Ka’ena Point, and the Waianae side KP trail on the R8HY hunt. As far as I know RL42 was the only find.
According to Tracy, there had been an HMMA report of R8HY along the Waianae side KP trail, late yesterday, but shots would prove that to be in error. It was , in fact, RL42 right where she was seen today.
A late afternoon Tracy text brought word that R8HY was reported back on Kauai today, and that there was no word on hook removal, but at least the line had been cut, allowing him more flexibility to haul out. Awaiting further word.
My routine afternoon check of Instagram brought shots of what a reliable source tells me is Rocky (RH58) & Benny (RE74) together at Kaimana Beach today. Thank God for social media, because there was absolutely no communication from the new regime, on this haul out. To make matters even worse. Rocky was reported by lifeguards as having been there since yesterday morning ! Not one word. Like the guy once said “ What we have here is a failure to communicate “ , but no problem you’ll probably read all about it in a coupla’ days.
Also on the Instagram check I found a shot from today of an U/F on Moku Nui. While I can’t prove it by the shot, by guess would be that it is Aukai (RL12) based solely on the scruffy lookin’, molty hind flippers but ?????