Mile 271 Report

September 14, 2018
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout
Conditions:
Friday 3:00 PM
Cloudy
56° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Kayaking:
1
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Just me kayaking.
Notable Wildlife:
The most notable sighting was a mola that was characteristically floating inches below the surface and looked to be 4.5 feet long. This is the third one that I've seen in the last 15 years. I saw one seal in a cave and one sea lion or seal on the south side (I spotted it behind me already diving and couldn't make out which it was). I saw lots of seagulls and cormorants, as well of about 50 pelicans. I also so a smattering of individual or paired birds including 4 murres, one loon, a couple of rhinoceros auklets, an eared grebe, and a marbled murrelet. I spotted 4 lion's mane jellyfish and numerous ochre sea stars.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
None
Driftline:
Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam
There is only one spot that generally collects debris, Well's Cove, which has a shallow cave with a sandy beachfront and cave floor. I picked up a handful of styrofoam and a water bottle but left two large pieces of styrofoam that were too large to carry out on my kayak. High tide flooded the entire cave and it was quite clean. Sometimes it's packed with a truckload of trash.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

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 of the cape and another seal or sealion on the other side. No new erosion of any significance, no pollution noted other than a small omount of trash in a cave.

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

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...
October 4, 2017 - yakinsea
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...

2007

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