July 2019 Basking
July 2019 Basking Narrative
The second half of any year usually sees a downturn in basking from the late winter and spring monthly numbers. Hence, July is usually a down month (except for 2017 when we estimate at least 5 turtles migrated to the nesting grounds in the spring which caused an anomaly in the numbers that year). Oddly, July basking was up from June this year with 71 occurrences. That is 14 more basking occurrences in July than there were in June and 12 more than last July. We are now 18 basking occurrences ahead of last year.
In July, there were 3 days when no turtle came out of the water. Last July we had an empty beach on only 2 days. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had at least 1 turtle haul out on 74.5% of the days.
During July there were 12 different named turtles that hauled out onto the beach to bask. That is 1 more than last month and 2 fewer than last July. This month we had no unidentifiable turtle visit.
Our “top three” baskers for July were JP with 12 appearances, Kaimana with 10 and Punahele with 10. These were the exact same top 3 from last month with JP’s total increasing by 1, Kaimana’s by 1 and Punahele’s by 3 in July.
July had multiple turtles out 20 different times with July 25thexperiencing the greatest exodus from the water with 9 different honu hauling out onto the beach.
All but 1 of our 12 month “top ten” baskers appeared on the beach in July. Only Oakley failed to make an appearance. Overall, Hiwahiwa, Olivia-Dawn, Kekoa, JP, Maka Nui, Punahele, Makana, Kaimana, Wooley-Bully, Keoki, Kulihi and Kaipua graced our shore with their presence.
Also of note, Hilahila has now not appeared at Laniakea in over a year. Never anywhere near a frequent basker, this young turtle was part of our new “arrival” class of 2015 and of late was usually seen only a couple times in June and July each year. Last appearing on July 10, 2018 for about 3 hours, we’ll keep looking for L-30 and not put Hilahila on the “On Hiatus” list just yet.
Our “top ten” individual baskers for the past 12 months were
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...and the bottom 3 were: