Another whale sighting for us... we saw this towards the end of March, when the humpbacks are getting ready for their migration back to Alaska. In this group, there are numerous males fighting over one female as the time for mating runs short.
Sanderling or Hunakai and ruddyturnstones akekeke with stilt
This was a huge tree In Hana Hawaii.
Turtle with many barnacles on its carapace and elsewhere
Large female green seaturtle with unknown source of apparent trauma to her carapace. She has had scars from a likely propeller contact for a number of years but now within the last month or so exhibits obvious damage of unknown origin.
No photo, sighting only. Pair of birds seen in flight.
Iao Valley State Park (below the visitors center), Maui, Hawaii, USA.
A male green sea turtle with FP tumor around the eye. This was one of several turtles foraging very close to the shoreline on limu that was detached from the rocks and sitting in low lying areas of the bottom. Two turtles (one female, and this male) had tumors, another female foraging with them who had no tumors. In the second photo, the untumored female can be seen behind the male. The third photo is of the female, who has some small tumors on her neck, and is missing most of her right front flipper.
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - the Official State Fish
Hawksbill sea turtle eating on the reef.
Hawksbill sea turtle "Misty".
Came across a flock of 4 or 5 Nene birds floating about the reservoir that comes out of Olowalu. The birds immediately flew North when our trucks roared by on the way to our LZ.
Came across multiple shruby a'ali'i while scouting along the ridges of Ha'enanui. This shrub-like plant has lance-shaped green leaves that are longer than they are wide.