Also at 0819 I found what would prove to be Kea (N46) partially visible up in the tall grass behind Seal Rock Inlet on RI.
On a pan at 1227 I found a newly arrived J/F hauling out to the left end rock flats. Though I believe this to be the same unknown female from this morning, I can’t state that as fact at all.
Team Billand found Pohaku (RO28) at Paradise Cove, at 0715.
At 1320 Barbara reported RIP (RR70) at the 30Min mark on the west side KP trail. He would later be joined by Kerby (RW08).
At 1426 she reported Luana (RN58) at Ka’ena Point.
At 1641 Colleen advised that Kaiwi (RK96) had been at Outrigger today.
Val Bloy send along more shots of a newly molted KC (RK28) on Kauai.
Reliable sources had been making contact this afternoon, but a note from a posse member, stating that KHNL had the story, confirmed what I had been hearing. Nihoa (R912) had been found dead this afternoon at Mokuleia. As is Always the case, it is a verrrrry sad day. Awaiting word on the necropsy results. First identified on Nihoa in 2011, hence the name (thank you Lesley), she then made her way to Oahu. She has given us 3 pups that we are aware of. First , RL42 in 1012, then Luana (RN58) and then Ka’ale (RH32) just this year. Us ol’ dogs that have been with her from the beginning as well as all of you that have spent countless hours with her and her pups, are greatly saddened to say the least.
To all the volunteers who have looked over Nihoa the past couple of years, especially on the west side... I am so sorry for this loss. My heart is with you. <3