Friday, February 23, 2018

2/23/2018 Monk Seal Dailies (part 1)

Today's dailies are brought to you by Team Billand, Gayle, Lesley and a late email from Melody.
Lesley's Ka'ena Point complete update is in part 2 of the dailies.  

Team Billand was out at a Leeward Beach and spotted two seals off shore fighting, playing for a long time. They are able to determine one critter is Lei Ola and the other is Kekoa.  Lei Ola RH48 is first to come up on land and managed to hide from Kekoa RK72. Barbara commented that it was fascinating to see her hide out. Kekoa came up but he never saw Lei Ola, he came up and immediately went to sleep. On both their check Lei Ola was still hiding 30 feet of Kekoa. He never saw her.  

Team Billand second find was at a beach on the west side where they spotted a seal on the rocks, noticed ding on back, scares on right side of neck and tag. ID'd RW02 PvKauai. He went higher up on the rocks as the waves got bigger and coming in faster. Barbara moved to another observation point and could see PvKauai swimming in the shallows.  Then he was gone, which made her wonder if he was in cruise mode and who was he chasing.

As part of todays Team Billand Wild Kingdom we have tadpole shrimp growing in a mud puddle and somewhere along the road a couple of horses sharing a meal.

Gayle captured a crappy photo of one lonesome critter this morning on Rabbit Island. (and I say that with the utmost appreciation, Gayle knows me).  She did find her most favorite critter Kaiwi RK96 at Kokee today and I know that made her happy. But it wasn't over, because Gayle also found R016  Diamond Head side. Unfortunately she was blocking the path and if this weather holds up for the weekend she best find a new spot, since this is a popular area for beach-goers. Thank you Gayle for the video showing her moving her left flipper. * scroll all the way to the bottom for the video.*

Late email from Melody sent a couple of artsy photos of Right Spot (thank you). Also noted this was the first time Melody photographed Miss Right Spot.

hanging out in the waters
 Kekoa RK72
 Lei Ola
RW02 PvKauai
 tadpole shrimp
Horse Pair having a bite
Kaiwi RK96
Right Spot R016

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