Mile 271 Report

October 4, 2017
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout
Conditions:
Wednesday 2:30 PM
Party cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the E
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Just me, kayaking.
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
grey whale, skate, numerous sea stars, numerous brown jellyfish, a few seals, numerous cormorants, three dozen pelicans, a couple dozen western grebes, an american widgeon, a bald eagle, a few murres, an oystercatcher, a flock of surf scoters, schools of minnows in the bull kelp, eelgrass in the shallows, thick mussel beds and gooseneck barnacles.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
gull
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
0
Modifications:
0
Natural Changes:
No major slides, though a couple from a year or two ago.
Comments:

I collected and removed all the foam debris from the only beach, the beach within the cave at the end of Well's Cove.

Summary:

This report covers the entire cape, since it can only be done by boat, and the other miles are not currently being covered.

What a beautiful day!  What a beautiful area!  Just got back from the last stretch of my retirement project to paddle the entire west coast of the US mainland.  We made the Mexican border after starting from Port Hardy BC, Canada five years ago.  Cape Lookout remains one of my favorite places to paddle, truely a gem. It looked really good on this day, warm, sunny, and calm, with clear water and far less plastic on the couple places that it can collect.

The sea stars are back.  The diversity of wildlife looked good, with two notable exceptions that may be due to the time of year.  I saw no sea lions, they may have mostly headed south by now.  I saw very few common murres, they may be off somewhere, as well.  I saw a grey whale that surprised me by surfacing perhaps 20 yards from me near the cliffs.  I saw my first local skate; it was gliding directly under me about 10 to 15 ft down, mostly holding its position in the current next to the south side cliff.  Swarms of minnows ( I know schools, but they looked like swarms of bugs that happened to be under water.) could be seen in the calm water again near the cliffs along the south side.I went into seven sea caves.  Few people know that there are some really large or deep caves here.  Some of the largest north side caves have a red/pink biological coating on the walls. I landed on the beach just south of the cape and saw river otter tracks.  I once saw two river otters swimming among the bull kelp just off of the cliffs, again south side.

 

 

 

 

Other Mile 271 Reports (6)

2020

September 19, 2020 - yakinsea
The main observation was a ladder that was placed perhaps 100 ft. above the water at a tricky spot for someone to gain access to the southern part of the cape's end, which goes through sensitive bird...

2019

November 5, 2019 - yakinsea
Many gulls, and a few miscillaneous birds, most notably a pair of peregrine falcons (one dive-bombing a smaller one until the small one dropped the bird it had). Others included western grebes,...

2018

September 14, 2018 - yakinsea
This stretch seemed in good shape.  I saw a large mora, aka ocean sunfish, lots of gulls, cormorants, and pelicans, as well as a smattering of various diving birds.  I spotted a lone seal on one side...
June 24, 2018 - yakinsea
The cape looked good, no pollution, or cliff erosion noted.  The wildlife seemed less common than in the past, most notably sea lions, but also no pelicans spotted and fewer cormorants than in the...

2017

December 31, 2017 - yakinsea
Paddled solo on a beautiful calm day with small surf and a light off-shore breeze.  I paddled around the entire cape and into three or four caves with the notable blow-hole that is in the back of the...

2007

May 24, 2007 - yakinsea
The area looks good. I think I spotted a falcon. I noted a couple minor slides/rock collapses.