Mile 270 Report

May 29, 2009
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout south face
Conditions:
Friday 12:00 PM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
unbroken vertical cliffs
Notable Wildlife:
Healthy looking birds in good numbers. I saw many more guillemot than in the past fice years.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
Beautiful sunny day! This mile of coastline has unbroken basalt cliffs with bands of rock varying dramatically, including pillow tuft. Near the end of the cape, the rock is rich in voids, each suitable one taken by birds, mostly murres. They looked fat and energetic. I saw many more guillemots than before. The kelp bed at the base of the cape has greatly expanded. I saw an otter here in the past, but not today. On my return, a whale spouted a couple of hundred yards ahead . It came up a couple more times, then disappeared in the bright, choppy conditions. They seem amazingly aware of their surroundings. The wind waves blocked getting a good view. There was a large area of fresh rock exposed that extended most of the way to the top. It may have been there last year.Overall, it looked very good.
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2020

July 22, 2020 - EJD
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2018

November 12, 2018 - yakinsea
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2015

October 6, 2015 - yakinsea
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2013

August 29, 2013 - yakinsea
August 28, 2013 - yakinsea
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2012

May 6, 2012 - yakinsea
Conditions:Sunny, 60 degree F, winds to 15 MPH from the N. Swell 4 ft. with some large waves against the N side of the cape. Many waterfalls spilling into the ocean from recent rains, many wispy...

2010

October 17, 2010 - yakinsea
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June 26, 2010 - yakinsea
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2008

June 14, 2008 - yakinsea
All looked well - particularly with seemingly more numerous and healthier looking birds. No erosion noted. Rough conditions and more birds kept our kayaking farther off Cape Lookout.
  • View looking at the South aspect of large shallow cave at the tip of Cape Lookout.
  • Near the end of the cape in its considerable wind shadow.