Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Lady's Big Adventure!

Aloha good people !!!   I am so happy that I was able to escape today and make my way to the north shore and get a glimpse of this amazing little girl and the great Honey Girl.  I knew I was going to be heading up that way thanks to Diane G who convinced me to take some time out and away from my store..... so the plan was on.  

What made today even more special was spending the day with Diane P from Molokai and Deb & Cindy from Big Island.  Although I just met Cindy today it was an amazing afternoon hanging out and talking seal story.  Thank you ladies !   Thank you Honey Girl !!
 we weren't there for very long but this little one was attached to momma the entire time
 big green momma 

3/2/2015 DB's Dailies: Kaiwi&Kainoa@RI, DB, PO1, Mark S, R5AY&PO1, Diga, U/U@TB, U/U@Laniakea, Unk

At 0829 I found what would prove to be Kaiwi (RK96) snoozin’ in the Morning Glory, 40 ft left of 1BS on Rabbit Island. She would later move down to the water line at the far left end of the beach where she remained all day.

 At 1058 on a pan I found Kainoa (RN04) just hauling out, 50 ft right of 3BS. He would move up and remain the rest of the day.

 Though Gayle and I covered the quadrant, those two animals would prove to be the cast, out this way.

 Dana called with the report of an animal at Diamond Head, at 1102. Melanie responded and at 1241 confirmed the Buster (RV08) ID.

 At 0707 Team Billand checked in with the report of Haupu (RB24) at L#1, KoOlina. She would depart at 0746, only to show up in L#2 at 0815, where she lolled the rest of the day.

 At 0746 the Billands reported Pohaku (RO28) in Maili. She would be run off by a dog around 0800, according to a report to the Billands.

 At 1022 Dana called with a report of an animal at Laniakea. A photo was sent to Diane G., who forwarded it to me. 3rd hand info suggests the possibility that it was KC, however the shot is inconclusive, so an U/U is required.

 At 1121 Dana called with the report of an animal at Bathtub Beach, Laie. Awaiting further word. 

The highlight of the day came with multiple emails, all reporting that Mark Sullivan had confirmed a female sex for PO1, R5AY’s pup. As far as I know a D#4 determination is a rare thing, but Mark’s excellent shots confirm the call. Ya’ Done Good Mark !!

 Kaiwi and the flight of the shearwater
 what the hell was that...?  an invasion! 
 PO1 belly shot.... it's about what's missing...
 We have a little girl
 Little Opihi clinging to momma
 UU at turtle bay.... from? today?  
 Haupu is going to give us all a heart attack.... WTH !!!

 Buster at Diamond Head.... 
 now this is a handsome dude

3/1/2015 Yesterday's News from Ka'ena Point (thank you Ken)

RK36, RL42 & R330

Sunday, March 1, 2015

3/1/2015 More on Maui's RQ21

In case you didn't see the comment from DB from yesterday's post.... meet RQ21 she was born on Molokai in April of 1997 (either the 13th of 14th) ... she has given birth to 11 pups and is probably due to deliver this pup at the end of this month. 

3/1/2015 DB's Dailies: Kaiwi@RI, Aukai@SC, Haupu@KoOlina, Nihoa@GR, Benny&U'ilani@Maili Point

Pickin’s were kinda’ sparse on this blustery, North wind, overcast day. Marilyn & Melanie were out there on the job. Much Mahalos to both.

 At 0800 I found what would prove to be Kaiwi (RK96), 50 ft right of 3BS on Rabbit Island. I would not actually confirm the ID until I looked at the shots.

 At 1313 Melanie called with the report of an animal foraging at Spitting Cave. It had not been there on Marilyn’s earlier check. Melanie saw at least one red tag but was unsure of an ID. The animal was run off by a dive tour boat at 1402. Awaiting shots to hopefully make an ID. Melanie pulled of a miracle in actually getting an L12 tag shot. It was Aukai (RL12). Ya’ Done.... Great !!

 At 0928 Team Billand checked in with the report of Haupu (RB24) lolling in one of the openings in the seawall at L#4 KoOlina. She would depart at 1213 due to a snorkeler trying to swim with her. Also a special shout out to Jason from Mililani. The Billands had noted cargo net hooked on the seawall rocks at another entrance. Jason went out and removed it ! Mahalo Jason....Ya’ Done Good !!!

 At 1347 the Billands found Nihoa (R912) at Maili Guard Rails.

 At 1414 they reported Benny (RE74) and another animal, 40 ft away, at Maili Point. To our shock & awe they reported at 1458 that it was U’ilani (RN36),our little Reef Runway girl, by her N37 tag. This marks her first sighting at Maili Point.

 Aukai at Spitting Cave
 Kaiwi at Rabbit Island 
Haupu at KoOlina 
Jason and net 
 thank you Jason!

 this made me laugh ... can you imagine snorkling and looking to left and seeing this GIANT pregnant monk seal swimming along side of you.
Benny and U'ilani at Maili Point
 There she is .... U'ilani on her first "known" adventure
 we know her brother Kekoa makes his way around it was just a matter of time she was spotted
Nihoa 912 at Guard Rails