Mile 232 Report

July 26, 2014
by ORState_TCS

Location:
Lincoln
Boiler Bay Wayside, Picnic Area, Government Point
Conditions:
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunny
68° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
People:
11
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Sitting:
2
Tidepooling:
4
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
4
Activity Comments:
One tidepooler was there expressly to find nudibranchs (according to our brief conversation). He claimed he'd seen none.
Notable Wildlife:
1 harbor seal, 1 great blue heron, 1 pigeon guillemot that appeared to be nesting in the cliffs. One volunteer saw the adult carrying what appeared to be a sculpin into a hole in the cliff.
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Species/names:
2 dead birds on rocks near the water. They were too decomposed for anyone to identify. The 3rd was submerged in water and could not be retrieved.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
At least one wasting sea star was dead.
Driftline:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Same large wooden structure as noted in the last report.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
Our group of 11 volunteers with the Oregon State chapter of The Coastal Society arrived at Boiler Bay at 6:00pm to catch the outgoing tide. The water was high but we were still able to traverse the rocks and collect some good data. Unfortunately we found 6 sea stars displaying potential signs of wasting or that had wasted outright (photos of these are included here). Sage DeLuna, beach cleanup coordinator for Surfrider and our chapter secretary, provided plastic bags for us to clean up the bay. We collected some garbage during the 1.5 hours there and removed it from the site. Despite the disappointingly large number of wasting sea stars, it was an interesting and eventful evening. One volunteer in particular spotted the pigeon guillemot nest, a vermilion star (which I neglected to photograph), and a whale spout about a mile north of the bay. We all look forward to our continuing work on Mile 232 and our contributions to the sea star wasting monitoring effort.
  • Not certain if this is a definite sign of wasting, but those white, soft, and possibly weepy spots appeared to be lesions. Moreover these stars (at least 3 of the 6) were easily removed from rock.
    Not certain if this is a definite sign of wasting, but those white, soft, and possibly weepy spots appeared to be lesions. Moreover these stars (at least 3 of the 6) were easily removed from rock.
    Boiler Bay, Oregon
    July 26, 2014
  • This one was clearly wasting, and one of its limbs was in the process of disconnecting itself. This is the dead sea star I mentioned earlier.
    This one was clearly wasting, and one of its limbs was in the process of disconnecting itself. This is the dead sea star I mentioned earlier.
    Boiler Bay, Oregon
    July 26, 2014
  • July 26, 2014
Other Mile 232 Reports (10)

2021

April 1, 2021 - kbayans
Windy and sunny day. 2-3 boats (fishing and whale watching?). People milling about -- walking and watching the waves. I assume those that had cameras and binoculars were there, like me, looking for...
  • Brown-green grassy knoll in fore and middle ground, dotted with mole-type hills of dirt with the ocean in the background.
  • Brown rocks in foreground, with rocky and dirt embankment in the middle ground, topped with a tree whose roots are exposed.  A fence separates the tree and a road. A white sedan-type car is parked on the road.
  • Paper wrapper and paper mask discarded on the ground and underneath a wooden and metal fence.
  • Human-made erosion path worn into dirt and grass. The path moves from foreground to background and follows a fence line.
February 3, 2021 - kbayans
2 people fishing beyond the barrier and 1 person feeding the seagulls bread. The grassy area in front of the barrier (full length) showing severe signs of erosion from natural causes and from people...

2016

April 16, 2016 - GWshark
Nothing significant on this stretch. Most people were sitting in their vehicles. About 10 fishing vessels just off shore here.
  • Group of Fishing Boats off the point.
January 9, 2016 - GWshark
Fairly nice day with rain showers. Nice to see waterfalls again.

2015

October 27, 2015 - GWshark
Appeared to be normal human activity for this mile. The King Tide did not appear to have much impact. I was there the day before and with the storm push at high tide there were more crashing waves...
July 15, 2015 - GWshark
Went out and picked up a full bag of trash off bluffs. Originally thought it to be from fishermen, but now believe it comes from people using picnic tables.
  • A full bag of trash collected off the bluffs.
July 11, 2015 - GWshark
Other than some fisherman debris and evidence of some fireworks the Boiler Bay bluffs are in good shape. Looks like good feeding area for whales. Bald eagle pair have a nest in trees across highway...
  • Looks like someone was using fireworks at some time.
  • While standing at the firework debris looking toward the point.
  • Whales feeding actively.

2014

May 31, 2014 - ORState_TCS
We were six students from Oregon State University who volunteered as part of the newly founded chapter of The Coastal Society to monitor miles 232 and 233. We spent the better part of two hours...
  • Some of the Oregon State University Coastal Society

2009

May 16, 2009 - Diane H
A very calm sea, which was surprising for the moderate wind. The snorkeling would have been great. Great wildlife in the refuge area in the southern part.

2008

December 30, 2008 - Diane H
This was a first report on observation of this mile. Noting wildlife in seaweed and sea lions; noting for this first report the extent of hotels along the shoreline and the general rocky character...