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  • Sunrise Seal: Tagged

    Destination: Kauai

    Ten days after mom left, a team from NOAA tagged our girl. Because the scientists put two tags on her–in case one falls off–her official name is A00/A01. We, however, named her Kaikoa. 



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  • Sunrise Seal: 38 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    It was overcast and drizzling when I arrived at sunrise. The Hawaiian monk seal mom and pup had hauled out before Lloyd and I showed up. We removed the signs and ropes and walked the long walk to the north end of the beach, where the seals once snuggled alongside a fence we had erected for their protection. They had long since ditched those digs, favoring spots further south along the beach. But we didn’t find them at the north end, either.

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  • Sunrise Seal: 37 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    The wind barely stirred on this day at sunrise, as a rooster strutted and crowed in the bushes at the edge of the beach. I’ve noticed a couple things in the past few days. One, pup is turning grey, especially on her belly. And, two, pup is not happy with mom. 

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  • Sunrise Seal: 36 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    There are days I’d like to bury my head in the sand: When the phone rings too much. When the computer acts wonky. When my to-do list grows instead of shortens. 

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  • Sunrise Seal: 35 Days Old

    Destination: Kauai

    To answer a few questions, we are still betting pup is a female. She won’t be tagged for another couple weeks (after mom weans her) and until then–when scientists get up close and personal with her–we won’t know for sure. At this point, with binoculars and telephoto zoom lenses, we can see her four teats. Like humans, though, males sport teats, too. The real determinant is whether there is a “penile groove.” (I know. I know. But I didn’t name it that.) It’s hard to detect even with binoculars. 

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