he AD excitement wouldn’t be over yet. Gayle Matsuda mail at 1601 brought word, photos & video of at 1246 Kawena visitor. This time Gayle was able to confirm the visitor as the Benny, but his RE76 tag !!! Grrrrreat job Gayle !!!
Melanie sent Kawena shots from her afternoon AD shift. Thanks Melanie !
Marilyn called at 1839 with word that Benny had made another visit. He seemed to have been coming from the east. Kawena was asleep on the beach. He did not haul out to join her, but simply checked her out, moved to the tide pool, and briefly haul out to the water front rocks, before departing.
Marilyn provided another highlight of the day when she called at 0914 with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at Irma’s Grotto, Kokee Flats !!! This is her first sighting she weaned Kawena. She appears a little baggy around the edges, but not all that bedraggled actually.
Rabbit Island observations were difficult because of nearly constant nuisance rain, and attendant junk visibility, but the job got done. At 0719 I found a 10% molted Sadie (RB12) in the Morning Glory, 20 ft right of 3BS, Aukai (RL12) in the vegetation behind Seal Rock Inlet, and Nani (RK60) also in the vegetation right of Seal Rock Inlet. Kala (RH76) hauled out to the left end rock flats at 0834.
On a pan at 0912 I found that Cass (RG06) had arrived to Seal Rock Inlet. She appears to be doing her first molt. I’ve been noticing all week that her hind quarters and lighter that the rest of the body, and today I saw that her front end and back end are light, while she is green in the middle.
1st molts are hair for hair so you just seen subtle changes in color as opposed to sheets of old coat hanging off. There seems to be a lot of that happening on the island right now.... fur flying everywhere :-)
Team Billand checked in at 0916 with word of Pohaku (RO28) at Maili Beach Park.
Dana Jones sent shots from her shift with Ka’ale (RH32) at Mokuleia.