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Any one recognize what beautiful bird these feathers belong to? I found it dead on the side of the road sadly.

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I get to visit my Kitty next week. Oh yeah and my parents and little brother ;) (Taken with instagram)

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Taken with instagram

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Taken with instagram

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Anybody know what kind of shells these are?

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We had an amazing Hawaiian Spinner dolphin show on the Discover Lanai trip the other day.  What a treat!

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This is a fledgeling Bulwers Petrel that Capt. Dustin rescued from 1st Cathedrals dive site.  These seabirds nest in the cliffs near the site.  We were tied off on the permanent mooring and I was down with my divers exploring the amazing 1st Cathedrals dive site.  While Capt. Dustin was alone on the boat, he saw the bird struggling at the surface and gasping for air.  As fate would have it a gust of wind blew the dive boat close enough for him to scoop the little guy out of the water.  

We named him DJ and he rode along with us for our second dive at Fish Rock.  At the end of the trip the bird had dried off a bit and seemed stronger but we didn’t think it was a good idea to just let him go because there are a lot of feral cats in the area.  

So I put DJ in a box with a towel and drove up to the city to my friend Mike Carroll’s gallery (he is a very talented local artist).  I wasn’t looking for some nice art, I was looking for his wife Kathy Carroll who runs the animal shelter on the island.  Mike was able to call her and she recommended contacting Chris Costales who works for the Lana’i Native Bird Restoration Project.  I found Chris’s office and brought her the bird.  She identified it as a Bulwers Pertel which is not the native Hawaiian Petrel but still protected by the state.  She said what probably happened was that DJ left its nest a little early before its feathers were fully grown and when it landed in the water its feathers got water logged and it started to sink.  She called her boss Jay Penniman on Maui and he had her take the bird back to Manele Harbor.  DJ got a free ride to Maui on the ferry where Jay picked it up.  Jay kept it for a few days to let it recuperate and then released it off of Maui.  He also banded and measured it so that if it is ever captured again they will know where it came from and who rescued it!

Kathy has also started a cat sanctuary for the island that is a wonderful project you should check out and can visit on Sundays from 3-5.  If you like kitties it is a must see!

Thanks for everyones help and coordination.  

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It was quite entertaining to watch this huge trumpet fish trying to blend in with this school of raccoon butterflyfish at 1st Cathedrals dive site. Even though this trumpet fish is bright yellow he still doesn’t quite fit in.