Mile 116 Report

January 26, 2019
by [email protected]

Location:
Coos
Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove
Conditions:
Saturday 11:00 AM
52° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
1.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
4
Tidepooling:
2
Couple having a picnic
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None observed
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Not much happening here, even though it was not stormy.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
See photo.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
Very little in the drift line. Mostly small examples of bull kelp pieces.
New Development:
Attempts to improve beach access. See photo.
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

Very quiet day, despite the fine weather. Saw a boat closer in than I've ever observed. 3 Cormorants and a flock of Harlequin ducks. Two Sea Stars. 3 Chiton, one a gumboot I'll swear I photographed years ago when it was a baby. Found an unusual net. Wasn't prepared to haul out any garbage. My bad.

  • small net
    Looked as though it had been afixed to a rock. Not much larger than a softball.
    South Cove beach
    January 26, 2019
  • Close in boat
    I've never before seen a boat come so close to shore here.
    About a half mile off shore of South Cove.
    January 26, 2019
  • beach access
    Sadly, this beach has no great access. This has been made, but is much thrashed by high tides and becomes a swampy mess in the rains. Most of the time, people use an alternate route.
    Trail terminus, South Cove beach access
    January 26, 2019
  • Dead fish
    Looks like a sea anemone has captured a carcass of a sea creature.
    South Cove tide pools
    January 26, 2019
  • Gumboot Chiton
    About a foot in length, I believe I may have photographed this individual when it was about an inch in length!
    South Cove tidepools
    January 26, 2019
  • 3 cormorants
    Not much bird life around apart from these 3 cormorants.
    South Cove tidepools, looking Southward.
    January 26, 2019
  • Chiton
    I never see these things usually, not because they are not present, I'm just not good at finding them. Til today.
    South Cove tidepools
    January 26, 2019
  • Chiton
    A third Chiton for today.
    South Cove tidepools
    January 19, 2019
Other Mile 116 Reports (19)

2019

February 17, 2019 - [email protected]
A very nice day. Went to try and get better photos of the Harlequin group I saw last time, but if they were there, they were out of range for photos. My battery ran dead fairly soon anyway. I...
  • Heron
  • South Cove

2018

May 19, 2018 - JamieF
A beautiful day out, great low tide. People were respectful of the intertidal habitat. Having the watchful eyes of several OIMB graduate students on hand was no doubt a helpful factor.

2017

April 2, 2017 - [email protected]
One of the first nice weekend days of the season, and the most humans visiting the mile that I personally have ever seen.
February 19, 2017 - [email protected]
Just a cursuray visit. Saw four people and 1 dog in total. 3 vehicles in car park. Noticed lots of small plastic fragments in wrack line. Found a boat bumper (?) from Cape Sebastian. Wonder if more...
  • Tree falling further?
January 29, 2017 - [email protected]
Not much evidence of the recent high tides. Found unusual to me things in the low drift line. An abundance of small snails on rocks. I myself murdered quite a few by walking out on the rocks. Doesn't...
  • red sea anemone

2016

January 1, 2016 - JamieF
Walked on beach southward along boulder field to furthest extent practical and returned. Mostly found refuse and very little/no marine bird or mammal remains.

2015

May 9, 2015 - [email protected]
A high number of people for this mile, enjoying the low tide. Will be returning with a mission to track the number of sea stars and sea urchins. Will edit report once I identify the unusual creature...
  • This creature is roughly adult hand sized, rounded and firm to the touch. You can see the  hermit crabs that were dancing around on it's surface.
  • New trees down in slide" "Directly south of beach access trail
January 1, 2015 - JamieF
Collected approx. 60lbs of litter, mostly plastics (see photo)Erosion of cliffs ongoing.

2014

December 13, 2014 - [email protected]
The big news is the landslide, which threatens the access trail to the south cove. The slide began last winter and continues to move. (I have been remiss in visiting my mile and wish I would have...
  • Was modified last spring after initial slide. Narrow, muddy, slick, unstable looking
  • There was ground water flowing on either side of the landmass.
  • Exposed tree roots. Wouldn't be surprised if it dropped before the winter is over
  • Probably exposed during initial slide.
  • Obvious slump of land detaching from main part of cliff
  • Beach access formerly went through this area, just uphill from here, the State put in railroad tie steps and switched the trail back
  • A memorial bench used to rest on this concrete pad. The State removed it before it could fall into the chasm. The trail is being undercut at the far edge of the concrete pad
  • a view across the chasm made by the landslide.
  • A small trail used to skirt the edge up top. No more.

2012

February 23, 2012 - junebugrudd
Everything was quiet and reasonably undisturbed. Kelp, shells, rocks, wood and land- and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Common Loons and dabbling ducks in the bay. Major cracks and landslides...
  • Major erosion of walkway down to the beach
  • Trees falling, more erosion
  • Tide pools alive!
  • Example of litter at this site
  • Healthy bunch of beach wrack

2009

December 23, 2009 - [email protected]
Due to the tide height, this was not an ideal day for a CoastWatch of mile 116. Anything that might wash up was certainly submerged or floating in the cove. However, I was very surprised at the...
  • Note call numbers on plane. It was heard that this plane was associated with the group of 10 surfers visiting mile 116 on this day.
  • Majority of party of 10 surfers visiting mile 116. (and me in the blue coat)
  • I've learned that South Cove is in the very Northern part of their range, but it is unusual to see them at the beach!
October 3, 2009 - [email protected]
The South Cove appears much as it always does, beautiful and serene. Only myself, my partner and two other visitors during my visit. I have never noticed Black Oystercatchers in the cove before. They...
  • top view of octopus remains found on beach this trip.
  • bottom view of octopus remains.
  • I think this guy lives in this area. I have a photo of another Heron from a previous visit. Maybe it's the same one?
  • I'd never noticed this snail before, so I'm posting it here.
May 25, 2009 - [email protected]
Extremely low tide offered opportunity to look at rarely exposed areas. Found a vivid royal purple sea star. Overheard one tidepooler telling another she saw two dead sunfish. Many animal casings(...
  • A shot of south cove at a -2.4 tide.
  • Another shot, the north side of south cove. The most exposed rock I've ever seen there.
  • I was impressed with the coloration of this ochre sea star. I've never seen such a vivid purple. Hopefully it shows on the picture.

2008

December 5, 2008 - [email protected]
Was able to positively identify ducks I saw last time as wintering Harlequins. Great Blue Heron was confident we would not be charging out over the rocks to harm it, though it did keep a watchful eye...
  • Great Blue Heron at South Cove, Cape Aragon, December 2008
  • GBH flies out to sea from South Cove, Cape Arago
  • Wintering Harlequin adult male in breeding plumage, swimming in the waters of South Cove, Cape Arago
  • 3 adult male Harlequins in breeding plumage, sunning on rock in South Cove, Cape Arago
  • Need help identifying this.  Was found in South Cove, Cape Arago. Is about the size of two digits of an index finger. Thank you!
September 21, 2008 - [email protected]
This visit was a few months from my last visit. I found this quite helpful in observing how the piles of kelp I saw last visit are being broken down. My goal is to get to my mile much more frequently...
  • Pretty day, eh?
  • Another reference point. Pic looks like could have been taken at Leslie Gulch.
  • Such a nice day at the beach!
  • Sorry for poor quality. I needs me a telephoto and an idenfication guide...
June 22, 2008 - [email protected]
Heavy thick mats of kelp and seaweed in driftline. State Parks ranger, who was guiding a tidepool walk, assured me large kelp piles were normal. Two dead purple shore crabs. Heavy human impact (42...
February 2, 2008 - [email protected]
The mile looks much the same as last visit. It seems like a new tree has slid down the bluff. Erosion is continuing at northern border of mile 116. Five rain-fed waterfalls flowing at full force...

2007

June 16, 2007 - [email protected]
Many people taking advantage of the very low tide. Oregon State Parks had a ranger guide people through the tidepools. I observed enthusiastic, but respectful exploring. Very light wrackline....
March 11, 2007 - [email protected]
Was the first warm, sunnyish weekend day. Lots of people in love with the tidepools. Kelp/algae and land-based debris in driftline. Sunstars, urchins, chitons, pink anemone and seaweeds in South...
  • I would like to see this critter open some day!