Thursday, February 27

A seal, a honu and a pair of albatross....

One of my favorite activities on this island is hiking. Today I packed up the backpack and headed to the beach in hopes of seeing Hawaiian Monk Seals!! Well, I did see "a" seal, in fact I saw him three different times in three different locations. I was just sad there wasn't more than one.

 This is RK05, an adult male seal. What you see on his back is a cell phone tag. It records his activity and will fall off in a short time. He was also equipped with a Critter Cam about a month ago. That has been removed and data is being processed. Can't wait to see the footage.
P.s. check out his curly whisker!!!

Next, I came upon this HONU snoozing on the beach. They say you can tell the sex of these turtles by the size of their tails. I need to do some more research concerning this.

Lastly, this was one of more than a dozen pair of Laysan Albatross (that I saw) that are now nesting on the north shore of Kauai. They spend most of their life out to sea and only come ashore to nest.

So there you have it, a seal, a honu and a pair of albatross!!


  1. the seal smiling face triggered the desire to kiss him... i know i can't but i would if i could.. love that big old loggerhead turtle first viewing of albatross

  2. Great shots Val! Love the honu and seal shots but I think the honu is my favortie. The female honus have short tails compared to the males. A male's tail is almost twice as long.

  3. really neat looking birds! like gulls on steroids. :)

  4. Gorgeous! Mom can't believe she had not seen a seal while there
    Lily & Edward

  5. You are just like National Geographic only better! Don't forget tomorrow we post the link to the TOP SECRET Pawty!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. I've never seen an Albatross on any of my visits to Hawaii, I'm going to have to keep a look out for them next visit.

  7. Such beautiful photo's.
    SO CLOSE UP :-)
    I got closer to a green turtle once, looked at me and told me to go away :-) I did however manage to touch, SHAME ON ME :-) THANKS FOR THE PIC's blinking brilliant :-) xxx

  8. Stupendous photos!!! With all that wildlife, can the dogs hike on the beaches? Just curious.


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