April 2019 Basking
Basking exploded upward in April, with Laniakea hosting 51 more basking appearances than occurred in March and 35 more than were recorded in April 2018. That puts us 50 basking occurrences ahead of this time last year! A total of 112 separate instances of basking occurred in April compared to 77 in 2018. That’s the most in April since 2011 when 154 hauled out and the 3rd highest number since Malama na Honu began recording detailed basking records in January 2009.
In April, there was only 1 day when no turtle came out of the water. The last month in which that happened was June 2018. Last year, we suffered 3 days without a turtle and in 2017 there were 8 such days. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had at least 1 turtle haul out on 76.4% of the days.
It has been a much longer time since we had a month when a turtle came out every day. (i.e zero (0) days without a turtle on the beach). That last happened in September 2013.
During April there were 16 different named turtles that hauled out onto the beach to bask. That is 5 more than last month and 2 more than last April. This month we had only 1 unidentifiable turtle visit either the beach or the “shelf” area.
Our “top three” baskers for April were JP with 16 appearances, Punahele with 14 (the most times she’s ventured out of the water in a single month, ever) and Kekoa with 12. Two more, Wooley-Bully and Olivia-Dawn, were out more than ten times with 11 appearances each. Only 5 different turtles basked 10 or more times in a single month all of last year. In April, we had 5 all in one month! That’s extraordinary!
April had multiple turtles out 27 different times with April 24th experiencing the greatest exodus from the water with 8 honu hauling out onto the beach.
Of our 20 “active” turtles, 80% of them hauled out in April. All of our 12 month “top ten” baskers appeared on the beach this month. Specifically, Hiwahiwa, Olivia-Dawn, Oakley, Keoki, Kekoa, JP, Maka Nui, Mana, Punahele, Makana, Kaimana, Sapphire, Wooley-Bully, Missy, Kulihi and Kaipua all graced our shore with their presence during April.
Our “top ten” individual baskers for the past 12 months were
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...and the bottom 3 were: