Mile 271 Report

September 19, 2020
by yakinsea

Cape Lookout
Saturday 12:00 AM
60° F
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Commercial dive with around 10 divers
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
No one that I saw, but a stout wooden ladder was placed at a tricky spot about 100 ft. above the water within scrambling distance of the cape's tip. This is through a rich nesting area and could have been placed months ago. I notified rangers who were not aware of this. I asked about potential biologist study, but the rangers I spoke to weren't informed of any study.
Activity Comments:
I saw two boats. One with two fishermen and another with around 10 divers.
Notable Wildlife:
I saw perhaps 200 pelicans, similar number of cormorants and gulls, 6 western grebes, a couple common murres, 0 pigeon guillemots (normally I see a few sprinkled around), 1 sea lion, 2 seals, one whale in the distance, numerous ochre sea stars, healthy mussel beds.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Lots of debris on the few gravel beaches fronting caves - floats, a crab trap, etc. I picked up some, but I don't have much room and most of these are tough areas to land and launch.
New Development:
Steps down bluff
Not steps, but a ladder mentioned previously. Park rangers notified.
Natural Changes:

Notified three rangers, none knew about this.


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 and penniped areas.  Also, I only saw one sea lion and a couple of seals and no pigeon guillemonts, though the pelican numbers were much higher than I usually see.

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