Thursday, April 28, 2016

4/28/2016 Yesterday's News of Nihoa @Chuns

Thank you Carola for sharing ... and sorry you had a hard time loading your photos.... it certainly was worth the wait.

 she's looking mighty pregnant 
 
 she got her eye on you

4/28/2016 DB's Dailies: Sadie&Pup,Cass,Kainoa.RG32&RM38@Rabbit Island, Benny@Nanakuli, Kekoa&RIP@Maili Point, Holokai@Turtle Bay

At 0649 I found Sadie & Pup (RB12), just left of 1BS on Rabbit Island (D#1). She move move down for the day, keeping the pup wet all day, but there were no water sessions.

 Also at 0649 I found Kainoa (RN04), in the Morning Glory, 50 ft right of 3BS, and Cass (RG06) also in the vegetation, 100 ft right of 3BS.

 When I got back to Makai Pier at 0804 I found that RM38 had joined the cast, having hauled out to right Middle Cliff. At 0820 , by pure luck, I looked up from the scope to see RG32, 100 ft off the lanai where I was sitting. I didn’t get a shot, but saw his L5 bleach, before he departed.

 At 0854 he arrived just off shore of RM38, who would rush to join him in the water. Both would haul out to join Kainoa at 0940. All 3 would return to the water. I did not see RM38 or RG32 again. 

Kainoa would pop up again, hauling out and sneaking up on Sadie&Pup. Silly boy... She caught him red flippered. He beat flipper outta’ there ! He would next be seen hauling out to join Cass for the rest of the day.

 At 0649 The Billands checked in with the report of an animal at Nanakuli. At 0709 they confirmed Benny (RE74) ID. He would depart at 0803.

 At 0824 they found RIP (RR70) at Maili Point.

 On a check at 1351 Team Billands found Kekoa (RK72) at Maili Point. RIP had departed.

 At 1527 Tammy T., texted to advise that she was with Carola & Holokai (RG40) at the Elbow, Turtle Bay.

 Live.....Local.....Late Breaking !!! A man has been arrested on Kauai for yesterday’s RK30 incident at Salt Pond (Per David Schofield & Dana Jones emails). All the 6 o’clock news programs had the story.
http://www.kitv.com/story/31846082/arrest-made-in-monk-seal-assault-case

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31835222/man-caught-on-camera-apparently-beating-pregnant-hawaiian-monk-seal

http://khon2.com/2016/04/28/man-arrested-in-connection-to-monk-seal-attack-on-kauai/

RG32, RM38 and Kainoa 
 Sadie and PO2 
 Sadie, PO2 and big brother Kainoa
Benny
Kekoa 
 Rip
Holokai
 glad he is out of the water

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

4/27/2016 News of the Day - Horrible

Aloha good people

I am sure many of you have heard or seen the local news about a Kauai seal RK30 being assaulted by some guy.  The video at the very least is upsetting and hopefully will be enough to capture and prosecute the offender.  

In the meantime my thoughts go out to all the volunteers, especially those on Kauai right now..... Stay strong and remember we are out there to raise awareness.... Hopefully this terrible situation will raise enough awareness that communities will be a little more understanding and willing to step up and help.  

Here are some of the links of the day:

https://www.facebook.com/100502673327911/photos/a.408326249212217.97115.100502673327911/1179662362078598/?type=3&theater

http://khon2.com/2016/04/27/video-of-monk-seal-attack-sparks-outrage-among-officials-community/

http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/noaa-investigating-alleged-punching-of-monk-seal-on-kauai-beach/

http://www.kitv.com/story/31830827/man-appears-to-be-hitting-monk-seal-on-kauai

4/27/2016 DB's Dailies:Sadie&PO2, Kainoa&RG32@Rabbit Island, Right Spot@Sandy Beach, Pohaku@Nanakuli, UU@Chun's Reef, Kekoa@Maili Point

At 0630 I found Right Spot (R016) at the east end of Sandy Beach. I cordoned her off. She has remained all day.

 At 0703 on my first look at Rabbit Island I found a partially visible animal at the far left end of RI, and only partially visible. When I got back to Makai Pier at 0759, I could see that it was Sadie (RB12), and seconds later a little black head appeared from behind her. PO2 had arrived !!! They would galumph down to the water line , where they remained all day, only moving up as required by the rising tide.   The GOOD news

 At 0922 Sadie’s 2013 son, Kainoa (RN04) hauled out to 1BS and began galumphing toward Mom Pup. It would take some time but he finally arrived in the vicinity, and Sadie let him know that he was not welcome. He would move off to the minimum distance to insure that the wrath of Sadie wouldn’t be visited upon him. He remained nearby all day.

 On a pan at 0937 I found a newly arrived RG32 fronting 3BS. He would remain there the rest of the day.

 Sat 0609 Team Billand reported Pohaku (RO28) at Zablan Beach, Nanakuli. Per Melina, she would depart ate 1240. Mahalos to Warren, Melina&Deb.

 Ocean Safety called at 0913 with the report of an animal at Chun’s Reef. Dana was notified. Awaiting further word.

 The 0934 Team Billand reported Kekoa (RK72) alone at Maili Point.

 In the wee hours I began getting info about an animal on Kauai being assaulted by somebody. Ultimately, I found the footage on the KITV website, showing the incident. 3rd had info says that the animal involved was a pregnant female , RK30. Hopefully, I’ve attached video footage from the KITV website, and a short video of RK30 at Salt Pond. The HORRIFIC news

http://www.kitv.com/story/31830827/man-appears-to-be-hitting-monk-seal-on-kauai

http://websta.me/p/1237525410297415498_1463464864

RG32 
 Sadie, Pup amd Big brother Kainoa 
 Sadie and our newest edition... PO2  
Right Spot at Sandys.... 
Kekoa
 Pohaku hanging out in Nanakuli

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4/26/2016 DB's Dailies: Sadie,Kainoa,RM38&Nani@Rabbit Island, Kaiwi@Kokee Flats, Kekoa@Maili Pt, 4-26-16, Y/N Kolohe@Molokai

At 0609 I found Sadie (RB12)& Kainoa (RN04) just moving down to the water line at the far left end of Rabbit Island. They would spend most of the day, partially visible behind the rocks.

 At 0745 I found what would prove to be Nani (RK60) in the Morning Glory , 80 ft right of 3BS. It would take many hours before I finally saw that N50 bleach on her left shoulder.

 Sadie & Kainoa had a nice quiet day going, but at 1116 all that changed at 1116 with the arrival of RM38. He barged right in the calm, and went at it with Kainoa which he ran off, but Kainoa hung around just off shore. Sadie wasn’t the least bit happy with his attention and they went at it several times, before he finally moved off the the left end rocks, and Sadie moved up. Kainoa would seize his opportunity at 1410 and hauled out to join Sadie again, but she made it abundantly clear that she didn’t need him either, and he moved off to spend the rest of the day just out of her range.

 Gayle called at 1144 with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at Kokee Flats. On Todd & Darlene’s 1414 check she was gone. They also checked China Walls & Spitting Cave, but there was nobody home.

 At 0845 Team Billand reported 2 foragers off shore of CIP, but they weren’t able to get an ID on either. Both animals departed to the west.

 At 1042 they reported Kekoa (RK72) at Maili Point, by himself today.

 In the Yesterday's News department Diane Pike reported Kolohe on Molokai yesterday.
Nani RK60
 RM38 Kainoa and Sadie 
Sadie and Kaino
 Sadie and RM38
 Kekoa 
Kaiwi
 she's all grown up and a big girl... wonder where she will settle