The NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette came in for a day this week. They were picking up the monk seal monitoring camps throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. They usually don't have crews out on the islands during the winter months because the weather is normally stormier during that time, and emergency evacuations would be more difficult. A couple of the people from Tern Island were dropped off to fly back to Honolulu from here. I was hoping to have some time to catch up with what was going on back on Tern, but didn't get a chance to chat with the guys.
We also had a big influx of people this week. A crew came in this weekend to do some work on our taxiway at the airport. Most of the people working on the lead based paint abatement are still here too, so they'll have to make a lot more food up at the Clipper House.
The Oscar Elton Sette pulls up to the cargo pier.
A Brown noddy is trying to climb out of its egg on an old ironwood stump on Eastern Island.
There were 4 Hawaiian monk seals playing at the pier on Eastern Island as I was trying to leave the island. I didn't get a photo of all 4 at once. I had some time to take a couple of photos since I had to wait for them to get away from the boat before I started it.
The Hawaiian spinner dolphins are around fairly frequently these days.
Here was a mom and youngster (cow and calf if you want to be technically correct) jumping nearby.