May 2019 Basking
Basking continued at a high rate through May, with Laniakea hosting 8 more basking appearances than occurred last May. While the total of 102 basking occurrences was 10 less than last month, this was, nevertheless the first time since 2016 that we’ve had two (2) months in a rowwith over 100 total appearances (by 15 different turtles). We now stand at 58 basking occurrences ahead of this time last year! That’s a 20% increase in basking this year over last!
In May, there were 4 days when no turtle came out of the water, a relatively high number considering we had over 100 total basking occurrences. The last month we had only 1 day without a turtle up. Last May we had an empty beach on only 2 days. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had at least 1 turtle haul out on 75.9% of the days.
During May there were 15 different named turtles that hauled out onto the beach to bask. That is 1 less than last month and the same number as last May. This month we had 2 unidentifiable turtles visit, one on the beach and one in the “shelf” area.
Our “top three” baskers for May were Punahele with 15 appearances, JP with 12 and Maka Nui (the newest member of our honu `ohana) with 11. One more turtle (another sub-adult/juvenile) Kaimana, was out ten times during the month. Last month there 5 different turtles that basked more than 10 times during the month.
May had multiple turtles out 26 different times (April had 27suchdays) with May 18thexperiencing the greatest exodus from the water with 8 honu hauling out onto the beach.
Of our 20 “active” turtles, 75% of them hauled out in May. All but one (1) of our 12 month “top ten” baskers (Kulihi) failed to appear on the beach in May. Hiwahiwa, Olivia-Dawn, Oakley, Keoki, Kekoa, JP, Maka Nui, Mana, Punahele, Makana, Kaimana, Sapphire, Wooley-Bully, Missy and Kaipua graced our shore with their presence.
Our “top ten” individual baskers for the past 12 months were
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...and the bottom 3 were: