RK54 (juvenile male, flipper tag K54) showed continued facial swelling at the beginning of February, and DLNR staff was able to give him antibiotics on 2/11. He was not observed at all for some time after his injection, but has now been observed several times. The swelling is still apparent, but much reduced. Photos are still critical to further health assessment, so please keep them coming!
RB24 (young adult female, flipper tags B24/B25) was 100% molted as of 2/24.
RK22 (RK54′s mom, flipper tags 6FD/6FH) has recently reappeared on Kauai in the Larsen’s area! Perhaps she has returned to grace us with another pup in a few months!
RK30 (adult female with prominent entanglement scars) was observed “logging” (resting at the surface of the water) all day near the rocks at Ahukini Landing on 2/17. This is somewhat unusual behavior, but RK30 has since been sighted several times, looking healthy and likely pregnant!
I am sorry to report that juvenile male seal RK56 (born to RK30 at Miloli’I, 5/12/11) was found dead at Maha’uelpu Beach on 3/5, amidst stormy, flash-flood conditions. RK56 was recovered by DoCARE and NOAA staff, and shipped to Oahu that night for necropsy the next morning.
RK56 spent a lot of time during the past 3 months at Kalapaki Bay, near a local hangout called Pine Trees. The uncles that picnic, drink and eat there every day took quite a liking to RK56, and became endearingly protective of him. RK56 is also the little guy who was getting too curious around humans on the north shore in November 2011. We posted flyers about him, and filled out special observation logs to monitor his behavior. I gave a presentation about him to the Hanalei to Haena Community Association. Our north and east shore volunteers spent a LOT of hours intensively monitoring this seal. On behalf of RK56, we thank the whole island of Kauai for the special care you showed to this little seal. RK56 will be cremated, and his ashes returned to the ocean.
Adult male seals RV18 and RK31 are both freshly molted!
RT12 (juvenile male) was deliberately disturbed recently at Glass Beach by a man who pulled on his rear flippers. Thanks to the volunteer on-scene for the detailed incident report, which has been passed on to law enforcement.