Mile 116 Report

July 4, 2019
by alaingamerica

Location:
Coos
Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove
Conditions:
Thursday 9:15 AM
66° F
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
70
Dogs:
9
Activities:
Walking / Running:
70
Tidepooling:
70
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
27
Activity Comments:
South Cove had a sign inviting people to explore the tide pools. I have never seen so many people on my mile. A ranger was leading a small group, but most seemed on their own. A good number were prepared with rubber boots. I should take the hint. (soggy shoe). It was great to see so many people delighted with their discoveries. I did see 3 or 4 kids climbing over 25 feet up a crumbling cliff wall. I loudly asked them it they'd ever heard about erosion.
Notable Wildlife:
6 rayed sea star, Some kind of rock fish or eel.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
Live snails
New Development:
Looks like the Park moved a lot of driftwood out of the way for easier access. I don't know how long that lasts, but I appreciated it.
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
I noticed bleach eel grass and some kind of white stuff liberally spread on some of the rocks. I found this unusual, but if you look, you can see I don't come to my mile much in the summer.
Comments:

I hollered at kids climbing the cliffs.

Summary:

A beautiful 4th of July at the South Cove. Many people accepting the invitation by the Park to explore the tidepools. Most people on their best behavior, though I did see some kids climbing a crumbly cliff. 

  • Drift line
    Large kelp in driftline
    Center of cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Tidepoolers
    One group of people exploring the tidepools
    Center of the Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Tidepoolers
    Another group of tidepoolers
    North margin of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • six rayed sea star
    Six-rayed sea star
    North margin of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Rock or Eel fish
    Rock or Eel fish, I don't know. A new one on me.
    North margin of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Driftwood re-arrangement
    Parks must have had several people working to clear a path through the typical driftwood band present.
    End of access trail.
    July 4, 2019
  • bleached eel grass
    Is bleached eel grass normal in July?
    South margin of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • White stuff on rocks
    A remarkable amount of white stuff on rocks
    Throughout the cove
    July 4, 2019
  • lots of lumps on the beach
    A remarkable amount of small lumps in the sand
    South Center of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • live snail
    These were the lumps in the sand
    South Center of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • live snails
    Live snails--I found them up on the rocks, too
    Southern tidepools South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Chiton
    Chiton
    Southern Tidepools of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Limpets
    A family of Limpets
    North tidepools of South Cove
    July 4, 2019
  • Blooming bush
    I've never seen this bush blooming before.
    Access trail to South Cove
    July 4, 2019
Other Mile 116 Reports (21)

2019

April 21, 2019 - alaingamerica
I came armed with two fully charged camers and didn't see anything unusual. Beach was cleaner than last time.
  • Fisherman
  • Catch of the day
  • Minus tide
February 17, 2019 - alaingamerica
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
January 26, 2019 - alaingamerica
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...
  • small net
  • Close in boat
  • beach access
  • Dead fish
  • Gumboot Chiton
  • 3 cormorants
  • Chiton
  • Chiton

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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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 - alaingamerica
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!