Mile 11 Report

January 7, 2021
by sandy beach

Cape Ferrelo, Boardman SP, House Rock Creek
Thursday 11:30 AM
Party cloudy
52° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
1.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
There were 5 people and 1 dog at Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint. All were well-behaved and were enjoying the view.
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Other than across Lone Ranch Creek and on the Coast Trail, mile 11 has few visitors and the ones I have met are respectful.
Notable Wildlife:
Oystercatchers and a few birds too quick for me to identify.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Too little sand to leave a driftline
New Development:
There is a lovely information sign at Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint I may not have mentioned before.
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Next to no starfish and other tidepool life appears in decline. More in the summary.

After awe, erosion next catches my eye. The sedimentary hillside is slowly oozing seaward. The stuff is so saturated one can jab a stick in to a depth of a few feet. This time of year there is little to no sand so walking is tough going through rocks, boulders, and driftwood. Fortunately there's no plastic or debris of consequence.

I intentionally went during a relatively low tide. I have photos from years past of purple and orange sea stars in abundance clinging to the base of huge rocks: now not a single sighting there. There are tide pools just a little bit away on mile 12 in which I've observed over the years black and gumboot chitons, various types of starfish, nudibranchs, anomenes, even an octopus. The only of those things I found this day were plentiful anomenes and a single starfish that was an unusually dark purple. Whether it was a trick of the light or not, to me, the anemones appeared less vibrant in color. I read that their color is in part due to natural pigmentation but mainly to their symbiotic relationship with green algae. I don't venture far from shore these days at low tide so there is a lot I'm unable to observe but the things I mentioned used to be where I looked this time.

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  • Starfish were plentiful, now I find none
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  • mile 11 has 4 of these little beach-ettes
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