Look, Its a Mom Seal

Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
Trip End Aug 05, 2013

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday morning was spent at the house, unpacking, food shopping and exploring the house in the day time!  Bob and Shannon did a little yoga on the front lawn of the house, among the roasters and chickens rooming the area!  We headed out to Hanalei to pick up fins for all.  We brought our masks and snorkels in our luggage, but the fins weigh so much, we left them at home.  Hanalei is a town on the North shore of Kauai, about 20 minutes from our house in Aliomanu.  We decided to try Tunnels Beach since the snorkeling is great there.
When we treked to the beach, there was a roped of area of about 20 feet down by the water.  In the roped off area was a sleeping monk seal.  Megan tells us that monk seals are native to Hawaii and are one of only two species of warm water seals (the other being in the Mediterranean).  There was a sign stating that it was a protected monk seal, and the no one could harass, approach or bother the seal since it was protected.  Shannon thought it was cute that there was a MOM seal on the beach!
The snorkeling was really good.  We saw queen angel fish, 20 lb parrot fish, the long named native Hawaiian fish called humuhumunukunukuapha'a, also known as a reef trigger fish.  Also a needle fish, lots of trigger fish, grouper, jacks & snapper.  We stopped by our favorite smoothie place, the Mola'a Sunshine Fruit Stand for assorted drinks.  Later we went to dinner in Kapa'a followed by ice cream.
We are following Tropical Storm Flossie.  She postponed the scuba dive on Monday, and its now on Thursday afternoon.  We are expecting a big rain event on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Kauai is the northern most of the Hawaiian islands, and should receive the least amount of rain from the storm.  But we are keeping track of it! Due to the impending bad weather, we are thinking of doing a hike near the Napli Coast on Monday morning, in advance of the storm.
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