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.
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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 to the beach in a few hours!!


  1. big mama is the hit of the day.. she is so pretty and i would love to see her pop those pups.. the boat did not look that big. that is really big and unbelievable that it cost that much to dismantle it and i am glad i am not the owner.

  2. Glad to hear about the hooked seal and am looking forward to "baby" pictures from the big Momma! I've been looking here for seals but there is so much snow that we can't get to the beaches yet.

  3. So happy the hooked seal will be fine. Can't wait to see pictures of the new pups.

  4. Good news for the hooked seal and the one ready to pop. Sure is a mystery over that boat!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. Good news for the two seals in today's post!

    Not so good news for the boat owner when he gets the salvage bill for his wayward boat... Ouch!

  6. You would think the boat would have a serial number or something to trace the owners. So strange. Exciting news about the new seal pup coming soon too!


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