Ever had one of those days that just didn't turn out like you had planned??? Today was one of those days. My intentions were to go and survey a couple nearby beaches for seals and look for sea glass. I thought I'll only be gone a short while because the past two days I've done this trek I've been "skunked" in the seal department. I loaded up a small day pack and headed to the beach. Little did I know I would find this cutie when I popped out on the first beach. They just make me smile!!
This is 4DD, the little male seal that arrived on Kauai 3 weeks ago.
We've been searching for him for the past 2 days.
He was just having a nice snooze on the beach. I set up SPZ (seal protection zone) and proceeded to do some outreach and some beach cleanup.
It's only 1:30 p.m. and I realize I could be "seal sitting" until dark. It would give me time to experiment with my new camera--that's cool.
At 3p.m. he began to stir with the rising tide.
He rolled around in the water like a playful puppy.
or maybe he'll just go back to sleep...
nope, it was time to hit the water... and away he went.
Now seal sitting was fun, but the real adventure began after 4DD left the area. I met some new friends while doing seal education. This is the part that was totally unplanned. Meet Jennifer, Reed and Van(pictured below).They are vacationing here from Seattle. Reed squealed with excitement watching the small seal play at the waters edge and I loved witnessing his enthusiasm. Once the seal left I asked if they would like to hike to 2 other coves to see if we could find our little seal again. The three them were eager to see the "wild" side of Kauai. You know, places where most tourists don't go. What adventurers they are and get this, they had just gotten off the plane not two hours prior to our meeting and now they were hiking Kauai with me!!
Unfortunately we didn't find anymore seals, but we had a delightful time exchanging stories and exploring. Reed told me when we said our alohas that this was just the BEST day ever.
Now that made me smile....a totally unplanned encounter, meeting new friends, sharing my love of the Hawaiian monk seal and the island. Yep, I'd say it was a pretty good day.
Just want to give a shout out to this fun family. I hope that our paths will cross again one day.
My new camera arrived yesterday after work. Now to charge the batteries, review the operator manual and start shooting. This replaces my Canon Powershot (which I loved). I still have the "big girl" camera, that's really my hubby's, that by the way still challenges me!!
Why this one ??? I chose this one for the zoom power and for being light and compact. This type camera will be much easier to haul around when doing monk seal monitoring and for seal identification than the Nikon D90. The zoom will allow me to get the id without getting too close. Now to find a seal.
I seem to be in a bit of a funk. You see, my favorite camera has died after taking 1000's of photos over the past 5 years. I knew it was bound to happen, but I keep hoping it was just a silly phase the camera was going through. It no longer wanted to zoom and things were just fuzzy. I love that little camera and hate to part with it. Reading camera reviews on line almost felt like I was betraying the poor thing. Last week I read my last review and bit the bullet. I have a replacement coming but living way out here in the middle of the pacific does have some disadvantages. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new pal and hope that it lives up to the reviews!!
p.s. the Girlz are fine and probably happy the camera has died so I'm not in their faces with the snapping beast!!
Hope you have a wonderful week. I'll just be here waiting for the postman.
I know it's been a rather long time since my last post and I apologize. Life just ate me up. We had dear friends from the mainland here for 10 days, so I had to play!! I've also been dealing with some life issues that included headaches, heart beating out of my chest (or at least it felt that way) hot flashes and cold flashes and not to mention insomnia!!! My mom has reassured me that no woman has ever died from these issues, I just need to learn to deal with them and going to the beach sure helps!
Anyhow, today I spent the day at the beach monitoring our newest Kauai Monk Seal. He's not a baby, just a juvenile that just arrived last Friday, presumably from the nearby island of Ni'iheau. He is a cutie and wowed the tourists today with his sweet face. So I leave you with some shots of our newest Kauai resident---male seal tagged 4DD/4DU approximately 1.5 yr.
P.S. big shot out to new monk seal fans from Texas and Florida. Thanks for helping to take down the SPZ and for sharing the Monk Seal Story. God Bless you all!!!