Monday, May 4

Wednesday, April 15

Happy BIRTHday Little one!!

Born sometime Wednesday morning, I give you RK13 and her pup PK1. PK1 is short for Kauai Pup #1 and will be referred to as that until pup is weaned and tagged in 6-7 weeks.  Photo credit given to Gary Langley, lead volunteer at the pupping venue. I plan to visit the site on Friday and take photos. So any guesses as to the gender??? 

                                             Happy BIRTHday little one!!

Stacking Rocks....


 
This stack of rocks is called a cairn. They are found all over the island and the world. I  plan to take more photos and share. Have you seen them in your neck of the woods??

Tuesday, April 14

and we wait...

poor Momma RK13 has not pupped yet...so we wait
 
 
 maybe tomorrow...

 albatross chick continues to wait also...
 
the response team waited for RN44 to haul out and
were successful at dehooking him last friday

seems we do lots of waiting.


Monday, April 13

If you need me....

 
you'll find me here.....checking for the arrival of our newest Monk Seal pup.
Hoping today is the day.

Sunday, April 12

No pup yet...

I was out on the Monk Seal Trail early saturday morning in hopes of finding a little black bundle of fur nuzzled up to RK13, but as luck would have it there was no new pup, maybe tomorrow.  All was not lost, as I encountered a couple other treasures. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a little bit of Kauai with me.
 
Honu out resting before his day at sea.


lots of aerial activity today
 
Look close, there's TWO seals. The larger one is our expectant Momma RK13 and the 'smaller"
 seal is RV18 an adult male. This shot shows just how big our Momma K13 is.
making her way to the water line for a cool down
Sweet Albatross Chick waiting for his/her next meal.
Parents are out to sea gathering food and can be away for a number of days, leaving the chick all alone.
 
Kicking back, enjoying the moment.
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.
Ya'll come back now, ya hear.




Saturday, April 11

Lots of News.....

Wanted to give you a quick update on a couple items.

# 1 the hooked seal known as RN44 was captured today and the hook was removed. Seal is doing fine! At dark he was resting near the area he was captured.   Three cheers for the team that worked diligently to find him and removed the hook.

#2 The ship wreck is being removed from the reef by a salvage company. The boat did not have anyone on it when it run aground. Lots of rumors and speculation concerning this vessel.

The following info that was on line concerning this vessel:

$185,600 price tag to remove stuck Kauai boat

Posted: Apr 07, 2015 3:14 PM HST Updated: Apr 07, 2015 3:14 PM HST
    • Image: DLNRImage: DLNR

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has hired a contractor to remove a 55' ketch, Kikimo, which ran aground in a secluded area on the reef at Moloaa Bay on Kauai on April 1.
DLNR boating division staff were able to remove the hazmat from the vessel. Division of Aquatic Resources staff also went out to assess any damage to the reef.
“We appreciate the help of community members to remove items that were in the water and bring them to shore,” said Joe Borden, DOBOR Kauai district manager.
Marine salvage contractor Sea Engineering assessed the situation at Moloaa on Saturday. The plan was to pull it off the reef and tow it to safe harbor. However, after their inspection of the vessel, boating officials were concerned it would break up just makai of the reef, causing even more damage, and spreading debris all along the shoreline and reef. The contractor will instead cut up the boat into pieces for removal by helicopter and disposal. Work with the helicopter should start on Wednesday. Cost of the removal is estimated at $185,600.
The mooring permit of the last known registered owner, Paul Wild, expired January 31, 2015. The vessel was then illegally moored at the Keehi small boat harbor and left Keehi around mid-March. It later experienced difficulties with the new rigging, and the motor, which eventually ran out of fuel. The vessel was able to sail to a few miles east of Hale O Lono harbor on Molokai, where it was anchored and left unattended for a few days. When the owner returned to the anchor site with fuel, it had apparently broken free or dragged its anchor. It's believed the vessel drifted for about a week towards Kauai until it ran aground.
Since 2002, DLNR/DOBOR has paid in excess of $1.3 million from the boating special fund (derived from boater user fees, permits, etc.) to remove grounded, abandoned and derelict boat from Hawaii's nearshore waters.
DLNR will seek reimbursement from the boat owner.
Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

This is what the boat looked like this afternoon.
such a difference from Mondays photos

tools of destruction
cutting away

 



large tarp type bags holding debris waiting for removal by helicpoters
 
 and finally the biggest news!!
This is a female seal known as RK13 and she's ready to PUP or POP!!  Outward signs indicate that her black ball of fur should arrive in the next couple days. I am headed to the beach early in the morning to see if the birth has occurred!! 
look closely and you will see she is blind in the left eye

big momma

soon Big Girl, soon!!

That's all for now.....off to the beach in a few hours!!