Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9/19/2017 Monk Seal Dailies: Pohaku, Ka'ale, RJ & Holokai

Today's Dailies are brought to you by Team Billand and they certainly deliver!

Pohaku was at Secrets at 5:50 am snoozing by the naupaka. Call was place to the hotline. Team Billand left site at 7:23 am after volunteer arrived. 

Their next find Ka'ale just arriving on rocks at Kahe. They ID'd him by visible tags but could not determine if there is any sign of his molting.

Team Billand arrived at Turtle Bay at 10:30 am initially to see one seal on the left side of the pool RJ16 sleeping on his back. Holokai RG40 was to the right side of the pool. 
In a short time Holokai wakes up enters the shallows toward RJ16. RJ16 wakes up they sniff each other out and head for the water.  The two would haul out together and continue with their interaction, by hugging, slapping and sleeping. ( A real bro-mance)

At 3:27 pm Team Billand did a quick check and found Pohaku at relocated.  Volunteer on site.

 Pohaku RO28 with her brand new coat
 Ka'ale RH32
 RJ16 (PO4) belly up
Holokai snoozing on the right side
Holokai sneaking up 
 hey kid wake up
 that's all folks! aren't I cute

Monday, September 18, 2017

9/18/2017 MonK Seal Dailies:

Today's Dailies are brought to you by Lesley and Team Billand. My apologies for being so short with the report but today is my Mom's 83rd Birthday so we are off to celebrate.  Also tomorrow is going to be a long long day.... so here they are to the point with pictures!

Lesley found Squinty R330 in front of the property and evidence of a second animal, who probably spent the night.

Team Billand found Pohaku (RO28) at Paradise Cove and later found Ka'ale RH32. I had to include this adorable pic of yellow saphron finch taking a drink of water.

Squinty R330
Pohaku R028
 Love this !!! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

9/17/2017 Monk Seal Dailies: RO28 Pohaku, RE74 Benny, and RH32 Ka'ale

Today's Dailies are brought to you by Team Billand.  Although they are our only report, they had an exciting day!

This morning at 5:10 am they spotted RO28 Pohaku in the darkeness. Signs were placed and the hotline was called a few times. At 6:51 am another seal hauls in with Pohaku and it's da Benny RE74. 

Benny arrived as he was on a mission, bobbing his head up and down sniffing the air, came up to Pohaku who gave him a snort and a whoop. He entered the water, still keeping an eye on her, perhaps wanting her to follow. At 8:03 am Benny darted to the right of the lagoon, heading towards some snorklers who quickly got out of the water.  He then headed out to sea going in a westerly direction.

Team Billand left at 8:30 and informed the hotline.  At 10:30 am they returned to check on Pohaku, she was in a different spot and a volunteer was on site setting up a new zone.

The big find of the day and I am sure to Barbara's joy and relief was Ka'ale RH32. He's been MIA for a bit but he's back and really really green, he makes Holokai look pale!  He hasn't begun his molt but he sure is ready. They left him and good news there wasn't anyone around to bother him.

Their last stop of the day brought them another surprise. They stopped at Maili and found da Benny alone inland on the high rocks. He certainly one of the more charismatic of our critters.

 Pohaku RO28
 Pohaku and Benny
 Da Benny 
Ka'ale RH32 
 now that is GREEN 
Benny @ Maili

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9/16/2017 Monk Seal Dailies: Rabbit Island Critters, Rip, Holokai, RJ16 and Kauai Kolohe

Today's Dailies are brought to you by Team Billand, Gayle, Vicki and Marilyn.  Interesting turn of sightings today, in that a Lesley text brought word the seal party at birth beach has ended.

Team Billand's only find today was RIP RE70 at 10:15 pm. They checked early this morning for Pohaku and came up empty. At secret's they found fresh wallows of two seals but no sightings.

Gayle found four critters on Rabbit Island today, two young'ens and two larger critters. She (and I) are hoping the 2 young'ens are Aka and RJ30. 
Gayle also mentioned Kawena is due for a molt and hoping she is one of the 4.  There were two humans on the island, DOCARE was called and responded! Good job!

Vicki was at Turtle Bay and found Holokai RG40 and RJ16 were both at the keiki pool but no interaction between the two of them.  She later witnessed RJ16 in the water fishing.

Vicki also found an adult male at Mokuliea at birth beach tag 4DI, I'm going to guess it was RK36 Kauai Kolohe tagged 4DJ. 

Mrs. Whisper decided to check out Turtle Bay instead of the usual Ka'ena Point Trek today. When she first arrived she went to the Keiki pool and out to Kahuku Point and found not one critter.  On the way back at 8:55 am she found two seals about as far apart as they could be. Youngest weaner RJ16 and RG40 Holokai (brothers) were at the same location, but not terribly interested in each other. 
Holokai is pretty green and probably will molt soon... we hope... 

 3 of the 4 critters
 1 of the 4 critters
 Bad guys
 Adult Male at birth beach (Kauai Kolohe?) 4DI /4DJ?
Marilyn's Visit to the Keiki Pool  - hmmm look at that chubby butt
 Brothers keeper of the Keiki Pool
 Holokai - sad little guy - it isn't easy being green 
 Holokai impersonating a panda - lol