Friday, May 26, 2017

5/26/2017 Breaking News: Exciting and Scary to Say the Least!

Aloha Good People;  I came across this Instagram posted several hours ago..... Appears Nani and her first pup are hanging out in one of the worst possible locations. NOAA is going to have their hands full this weekend for sure!  If you are around the area please help the volunteers and caretakers by keeping your distance and help them manage those who are not being respectful. LET's HOPE Nani finds a hidden spot for her safety and PO2.  (Then again a threatened Mama may not tolerate anyone bugging them).

malamamonkseal  1st time ever #Monkseal mom n pup at the #mokuluaislands! NOAA is asking people to be careful and give them as much space as possible. If you know and you go, please help by informing others and preventing crash landings into the seals! Pup is about two weeks old and they should be nursing for another three weeks. Mahalo!

5/26/2017 DB's Dailies:

At 0719 I found Sadie(RB12)&PO1(D#22) on the left rock flats, on Rabbit Island. The did their first water session at 0919, hauling out at 1008 to the sandy area at the left end of the beach. After a lengthy feed and snooze they would do another water session from 1107 until 1223. Yet another feed and snooze was called for.

Tracy confirmed officially this morning that Nani (RK60)&PO2 was found. According to Tracy it appears as though the pup is thought to be about 2-3 weeks old. I’m sure you’ll all be able to get a feel for where they are located, but I am not going to pursuit it as for now. There are amble sights on line with lots of info. I do not want to have a roll in any “management issues”as might be associated with the blog for today.

Team Billand had mentioned that RN14 had been at Paradise Cove but had departed. They were find RN14 again at Kahe Pt, at 1130.

At 0934 the Billands found a foraging animal at Campbell Industrial Park. Barbara was thinking a possible Pohaku, but awaiting photos.

At 1147 Team Billand found Ka’ale (RH32) at Maili.

RIP (RR70) was found by Barbara at the 20MIN mark on the west side KP trail.

At1333 her next find was Ka’ena (RO40) at the 30MIN mark.

Sadie & PO1
 RIP and Ka'ena
 Drone fishing?  Is this a thing? 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

5/25/2017 DB's Dailies:

My first look at Rabbit Island from Makai Pier, came at 0750. I found nobody visible on the beach. Rough water made difficulty looking at the left end. I was then off to a Vet, appointment for cat duty. 

When I got back to Makai Pier at 1000 I found Sadie(RB12)&PO1(D#21), doing a feed on the Left End Rock Flats at Rabbit Island. A snooze was then afterward.

At 1056 they entered the water for a session at the left end, and both hauled out again for another feed and snooze at the left end of the beach on RI.  They were still snoozin’ as I departed as of 1330.

I had heard nothing, but I found an Instagram shot of what appears to be Buster (RV08) at the east end of Sandy Beach at some point today.  I did an afternoon check of the area, but nobody was at SB at 1330. I have no other info.

At 0616 Team Billand advised of RN14 at Paradise Cove. He would depart at 0628.

At 0702 they found RN14 again, this time hauled out to Kahe Point.  He was still there on their 1349 recheck.

At 0907 the Billands found Ka’ale (RH32) at Maili. He was gone on there 1349 recheck.

Tammy & Dave did the trek to the End of the World, via the northern route. At 1006 they confirmed R3CU & RIP (RR70) at the Back Beach, at Ka’ena Point. Both animals departed at 1151.   On their way out they confirmed Luana (RN58) at 10MIN Beach.
Buster via Instagram
 Sadie & PO1
 RN14 showing off an orange glow
 Fat lip

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5/24/2017 In Addition: Lesley Treks Ka'ena Point

We did the hike to Ka’ena Pt from the Mokuleia side.

At the point, we found R3CU hauled out on the reefs in the middle of the Main Pool.

Shortly after we saw a head going up and down at the entrance of the pool. It was R330 “Squinty”. He entered the pool and swam towards R3CU. There was very little interaction, some vocalization, some sneezing than he settled beside R3CU and went to sleep.

R3CU has a cut on his top left lip, it looks a little swollen but NO HOOK or LINES were visible.

We left earlier than usual due to some heavy rain squalls coming our way

The albatross chicks are growing fast, they already have white chest and butts.

 Squinty and R3CU