Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6/21/2017 Maui Monk Seal in the News

And then this happened!!

6/21/2017 DB's Dailies: Aka@Rabbit Island, Right Spot@Makapuu Bch, RN14@Kahe Pt, Ka'ale@Maili, R3CU&Ka'ena@Ka'ena Pt, RI37@Kuilima

I arrived at Makai Pier at 0800 but could find nobody one end to the other, as well as checking the left end shallows amongst the rocks. At 0925 I spied my first dome amongst the shallows rocks. It would turn out to be Aka, moving thru the rocks and finally coming up to the sand for a snooze. That was the RI day.

 Just as I was passing Makapuu Beach I happened to get a call from Ocean Safety (Life Guards) reporting an animal newly arrive down blow the highway above the Makapuu LG stand. I advised that they should call the Hotline, but I would make the call now. It turned out to be Right Spot (R016). I notified the HMMA Hotline .

 At 0616 Team Billand advised that a vocalized RN14 had just departed Paradise Cove.

 They confirmed at 0640 that they would find RN14 again as they thought would be the plan, at Kahe Pt.

Tammy & Dave did their Ka’ena Point trek this morning. They reported R3CU on the Back Beach, at 0702.

Sadly, the also reported finding two dead Shearwaters. Unfortunately, one was decapitated. They notified DOCARE personnel, who came out to retrieve the birds, DOCARE is believed that a Barn Owl problem are believed to be the predators.

At 0832 T&D also advised of an U/U but couldn’t get an ID. Tammy & Dave’s shots are certain to be Ka’ena (RO40) shots at BG’s Pool, but his N9 bleaches, forehead NB and his spot on his back. Thank job !!

Thanks to Vicki Hangai from her shots of RI37 at Kuilima today.

 Aka alone on Rabbit Island 
 Right Spot 
 look at those pearly whites (not )
 Thank you Vickie !!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6/20/2017 DB's Dailies: Right Spot@Kaupo Beach Park, Aka, Aukai, RG32 & Kawena@Rabbit Island, RL42@Makua Cliffs

Sorry troops, I had an appointment yesterday, so thanks much to Team Billand and The Donna, for keepin’ ya’ blogged !

 As for today it was back in the saddle again. At 0736 upon arrival to Makai Pier I happened to look to my right toward Kaupo Beach Park, and there on the rocks running out from the pumphouse was Right Spot (R016). Notified the HMMA Hotline. She would remain mostly out on the rocks but would finally haul out to the beach near the pumphouse.

 Also at 0736 I initially found a 70% molting Aukai (RL12), 60 ft left of 1BS. She would ultimately enter the water, only to haul out later just left of Seal Rock Inlet with others.

I’d been constantly looking for floating domes in the shallow waters at the far left end of the shallows at the left end. It could actually be done occasionally, and finally at 0907 Aka actually hauled out to the beach for a days snooze.

 At 0736 I had initially seen an animal amongst the grasses behind Seal Rock Inlet. That would turn out to be RG32, but at 0819 another animal emerged from the grass right behind RG32, and lo and behold it was Kawena (RH36) right there with him. Both moved down to cool off near the water line. Aukai would later haul out to join them.

 A Team Billand text at 0951 advised that they had found RL42 at Makua Cliffs.

 Aka little weaner 
 Aukai, Kawena and RG32
 RG32 and Kawena 
 Right Spot

Monday, June 19, 2017

6/19/2017 Alternative Dailies from Team Billand

Aloha good people....

DB had to take care of himself today.... so our sightings come from the ever reliable Team Billand!
Thank you Barbara and Robert for your continued dedication to our Hawaiian monk seals. 

Ka'ale was snoozing at 6:37 am @ Maili... and gone on their afternoon check during high tide.

RN14 found alone at 7:11 am @Kahe.  Snoozing, looking healthy and robust.
 The Hokulea  thank you for sharing
 Fairy Tern chick!
 how cute.