Saturday, September 3, 2016

HMMA Update from September 2nd

The morning began at 0611 with a report of a seal at Hale Koa. It is believed the seal overnighted. Colleen responded and ID'ed Rocky (RH58). At 0614 a report came in about a 2 seals at Paradise Cove. Barbara would ID Benny (RE74) and Pohaku (RO28). At 0823 a report came in about a seal hauled out at the Colony Surf. Steve responded and ID'ed Kaiwi (RK96). At 0933 a report came in about a seal hauled out a Sandy's between the lifeguard towers. The seal would enter the water at 0947 before an ID could be made. At 1419 Gail checked in with a report of Kawena (RH36) at the East end of Sandy's. Jon checked in at 1433 to report Rocky had joined Kaiwi at the Colony Surf. Beverly checked in at 1527 with a report of Lei Ola (RH48) at the Keiki Pool. At 1550 she checked in again with a report a green seal at the Elbow.

Beverly believed the seal was Holokai but could not see the tags to confirm the ID. Beverly checked in via email from the Keiki Pool with Lei Ola (RH48). Several groups of tourists and one fisherman who "wandered" into the SPZ to throw out his net. She asked how the fishing was going, then told him it was harder for her to keep tourists a safe distance if he was within the zone. Beverly provided some outreach about Lei for a few minutes. The man asked some questions and then he moved on. 

Melissa checked in with a photo of Benny (RE74) and Pohaku (RO28) at Paradise Cove.

 Melina checked in via email following her shift at Paradise Cove. She arrived at Paradise Cove at 1130 to relieve Melissa. Warren, stopped by to visit Benny and Pohaku. An hour later the beach got busy, Benny and Pohaku had a lot of visitors around the zone. There were many very excited beach goers who expressed appreciation for our efforts. Some others tested the water boundaries. Lifeguard Ed(Cianna's cousin) helped out by making wild life announcements and a guide about entering the water. Mahalo to the lifeguards. Two visitors, Suzanne and Kerry offered to come back and help Melissa with monitoring the seal after lunch if needed. They sent Melina a text and arrived a while later. Suzanne and Kerry were very helpful! Mahalo for all your help ladies. Hope you come back to visit Hawaii again soon. Chrissy arrived for a beach day with her husband, then Terri arrived with visiting family. They stayed around the zone so Melina could leave. Ralph was also on his way to take over. The seals remained when Melina departed at 1505. Mahalo to everyone who helped out today!

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