Sunday, August 28, 2016

8/28/2016 DB's Dailies:Nihoa@Maili Guard Rails, Pohaku&Benny@ Depot's, Nanakuli, Lei Ola@Turtle Bay, Kaiwi @ Makalei BP

Marilyn was out bright and early joined by the Stepiens for a check of AD and then a check of all the SE Quadrant spots. Alas, it was was a “Nobody/Nowhere” adventure. I heard rumors later that Kawena was seen in the AD area but I speaking with Marilyn after her evening shift she advised that Sara, Gayle and herself had never seen Kawena.

 Rabbit Island was also one of those rare Zero days. Bummer !!

 Team Billand reported an over nighted Nihoa (R912) at Maili Guard Rails, at 0631.

 At 0710 they found Pohaku (RO28 & Benny (RE74) together at Depot’s , Nanakuli. Both animals departed at 1505.

 Karen Turner found Lei Ola (RH48) at the Keiki Pool this morning at 0915, and provided some shots. Thank you Karen!

At 1352 a reliable source called advising that Kaiwi (RK96) was at “Suicides” (aka Makalei BP). Rumor has it that she may also have been at th Elk’s Club earlier but ???

Lei Ola
In seal speed this is running....
Benny and Pohaku
great picture 


b said...

Rob and I stuck it out after calling the hotline many times for help at Depots.

We had two seals, FOUND AT 7AM!! Sweet Pohaku R028 and Da Benny RE74.

All we wanted was PROTECT our beloved seals. No one came from 7am to 1:25pm.

We did the best we could, without signs, just sticks. Most folks were ok. But there are always a handful that dont wanna let the seal be. We delt with it.

FINALLY, there came ONE HMMA HERO...DEBBIE!!!! 1:30pm...We left our sticks out, left for gas, to use the restroom, TO HAVE A LUNCH in AIR CONDITIONING. It was GREAT.

It was said the seals left at 3pm. GOOD.

There was a party, so we thought, but it turned out to be a FUNERAL for a young man who died at 42 years old. Two men took the T Leaf bundle with this poor mans ashes, jumped off the reef, LET THE T LEAF Bundle drop to the bottom of the ocean floor.

We met kids with attitudes, sad, but we reached most of them in the end except ONE BOY. SO YOUNG, SO MEAN...I asked him, BOY, WHY ARE YOU SO MEAN TO THE SEALS. The others said, his mom is on DRUGS. I felt for him, but HE DIDNT HAVE TO BE MEAN. I told the girls, What if someone came up to YOU, was would you feel? Piss off they said. So then YOU would defend yourself wouldnt you?? THe girl asked what is that...DEFEND? I said you would PROTECT yourself from Harm. YEAH..das right!!!
she said. SO I got to like DEFEND NANAKULI???? Yes, same thing. OH so I got to DEFEND THE SEALS. YES. OK AUNTIE...and they all left when the relative called all of them back to Camp. All the way back, I heard the girls telling the mean boy, eh, leave the seal alone. Let em rest. He not boddering no body. YEAH........maybe we got to them, who knows.

Thanks Miss Deb for coming out and defending: Sweet Pohaku and Benny!!!!!!

MC said...

Thanks for stopping by the seals to check on them and put sticks up and sticking around. I was at work from before dawn to dinner time. A few other very dedicated volunteers had other volunteer jobs that day or other things in their lives. We went from a bigger list of volunteers to now that list being cut way down, and that is not helping the monk seals. I work 10 hour shifts as I stated many times before this, and still sign up for on call as soon as I clock out from work to do any check ups on any seals reported while I am at work. I have 5 days off in a row in which I spent every single day with Pohaku, then back to work and she showed up with Benny twice in a row. They didn't get the memo that I could not get out of work to watch over them. As we all know, many of us have work, doctors, whatever when it is just bad timing, but the seals are wild animals and will show up when and where they want. Unfortunately there are mean and disrespectful people out there whether we stand by the zone or not, whether we even know a seal shows up in an area undetected by any of us. Somehow we cannot beat ourselves or anyone up over nobody able to respond on any given day or hour. We try so hard to help out. I was out there with Nihoa, so we are there when others don't realize it. As long as we report it to the hotline so the data is recorded and the seals get the funding they need. Keep up the good hard work everyone. We and the seals need as many of you as we can get.