Thursday, October 20, 2016

10/20/2016 DB's Dailies: Kekoa,Cass,Kawena,Kainoa&Kea@Rabbit Island, Kolohe@Lanai Lookout, R8HE@Makaha, R5AY,Holokai&Ua Malie@Turtle Bay

As has been the case the day started with a China Walls check for Cass. There was nobody home. It turns out there was a good reason for that.

 When I arrived at Makai Pier at 0820 I found a 15% molted Kekoa (RK72) in the Morning Glory at 1BS. He would relocate to a spot fronting Right Greenery where he spent the rest of the observation period.

 Also at 0820 I found a skinny little female that would prove to be Cass (RG06). I contacted NOAA and the team readied a response. They would successfully capture Cass and transported her to IRC. Mark said she did fine on the transport, and is in a tank. Stay tuned for further info as it becomes available.

 At 1008 Kawena (RH36) hauled out to Rocky Right Beach on RI. She spent the day amongst the Kawena sized rocks.

 At 1018 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out to the far left end of the beach where he remained.

 At 1238 Kea (RN46) hauled out to join Cass. Thankfully he did not run her off since the troops were on their way to RI as he hauled out.

 Team Billand spent their entire day in the company of R8HE at Makaha. She was apparently moving around a lot but remained in the same general area. Barbara managed to get an excellent tag shot. 

Diane Gabriel had a wondrous day at Turtle Bay, from the Keiki Pool, to McKenzies & the Elbow. She and Carola got to spend quality time 3 generations of the R5AY family. A rare day. It began at 1030 with R5AY & Holokai (RG40) together. She said grandson was trying to get close but grandma was all that hot on the idea.

 At 1200 Holokai’s momma Ua Malie (RT10). R5AY would move away and momma Ua & son Holokai had a reunion, ultimately moving from the pool to McKenzies, then Ua to the Elbow. Sounded like a warm, fuzzy day!!

 Kea and Cass.... I want to say Kea is only a year older than Cass, but the size difference is pretty dramatic.  I am happy she will be getting checked out and getting some fattening food!- 
 As awful as it looks... it appears to be improving in the last couple of days.
 Tag Shot
R5AY and Grandson Holokai
 Grandma is that you?
 Grandma  what big teeth you have
 Grandma what a big bark you have
 good to see you too Grandma
 Mom Mom Mommy Ma... I just saw Grandma and she has big scary teeth
 Holokai !!  Don't talk about Tutu that way
 But Mom....

1 comment:

b said...

With all the sadness volunteers have experienced for the last couple of years, this entire scene with R5AY, Holokai and Ua Malie is something we all could use...HAPPY TIMES, AMAZING TIMES with monk seals. Extraordinary photos captured for all to see what a grand day Diane and Carolla had. I am smiling from ear to ear...thank you ladies for being out there to document the special day.

Some times in life, so much can happen, horrible things and it becomes such a challenge to deal with it all.

Yesterday...the challenge became...HOPE FOR ALL a relief in hard times feels GREAT.