Sunday, September 18, 2016

HMMA Update from September 17th

The morning began with a report at 0606 of a seal in Nanakuli. Barbara ID'ed Pohaku (RO28) at Puka Pants Beach. Melina responded. At 0748 a report came in about a seal at the Kaena Point parking lot. Marilyn later ID'ed Ka'ale (RH32). At 0809 a second hand report came in about an UU seal a Zablan. Caller believed this was a seal of concern with some debris on the seal. Later, more details were provided stating the seal was not hooked or entangled. The seal was seen swimming with a water bottle floating behind it. Big Mahalo to the volunteers who were out looking for the seal. No further word on the seal's ID. At 0835 Marilyn checked in with a report of BG (R303) in Mokuleia at camp Erdman. BG would move down the beach closer toward the Haleiwa town side of the beach. Marilyn checked in again at 0835 with a report of UM at Mokuleia Beach. At 1105 a report came in about a seal near the Outrigger Canoe Club. Seal was later ID'ed as Kaiwi (RK96). At 1148 Marilyn checked in from Kaena Point with a report of 3 seals. Kerby (RW08) at Kaena's pool, Kaena (RO40) at the main pool, and Rip (RR70) at the back beach. Rip eventually entered the water. At 1750 a report came in about Holokai (RG40) at Kuilima Cove.

 Diane checked in via email from Turtle Bay. At 0900, she found Lei Ola (RH48) swimming off MacKenzie's beach aka Kaikaina's birth beach, playing with a plastic water bottle. After about 10 minutes she started heading toward the Keiki Pool where Diane found her at 0920. After some swimming and foraging she hauled out to sleep at 0950.

 Melina stopped by Puka Pants Beach in Nanakuli to check on Pohaku around 1000. Melina set up some signs. Melina stopped by again at 1305. Pohaku was sleeping. Melina provided outreach to people in the area. At Melina's 1520 check and stayed until 1710. Pohaku was still sleeping. 

 At 1530 a report came in of a cetacean out of habitat. The initial report indicated the cetacean was seen swimming about 100 yards off the shoreline of Kalama Beach. NOAA and HPU Stranding Team are monitoring the cetacean and plan to continue monitoring the cetacean.


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