November 2019 Basking
November followed last year’s pattern in basking (contrary to previous years) with an up-tick in turtles appearing on the beach from last month. There were 55 basking occurrences compared to 46 in October. This was our most active November since 2012 when there were 64 basking occurrences recorded.
We were up 9 appearances from October (46), and our increase of 20 over last November managed to put us 75 basking occurrences ahead of last year at this time. In fact, with the November numbers, we’ve hit 700 for the year, a frequency not seen since 2014 when there had been 713 for the year.
In November there were 7 days when no turtles graced our shore. This number is down from the prior 2 years when we were absent turtles on 9 days in 2018 and 22 days in 2017.
During November there were 11 different named turtles that hauled out to bask. That is the same as last month but 2 more than last November. This month we had no unidentifiable turtle visits.
Our “top 4” baskers for November were Punahele with 10 appearances, Makana with 9, and Kaimana and Kekoa with 7 each.
November had multiple turtles out 16 different times with November 24th experiencing the greatest exodus from the water with 5 different honu hauling out onto the beach on that day. Nine (9) of our 12 month “top ten” baskers appeared on the beach in October. Overall, Hiwahiwa, Olivia-Dawn, Kekoa, JP, Maka Nui, Punahele, Makana, Kaimana, Keoki, Wooley-Bully and HILAHILA graced our shore with their presence. Yes, Hilahila made an appearance for the first time in over a year (15 months!).
This month, Punahele took over the top spot in basking over the past 12 months!
Our “top ten” individual baskers for the past 12 months were
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...and the bottom 3 of those actually hauling out during the year: