Mile 31 Report

February 26, 2008
by Joseph

Otter Point State Wayside, Bailey Beach
Tuesday 1:30 PM
Party cloudy
52° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Very quiet day with few birds or other animals in the area
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Beach appears to have weathered the major winter storms quite well.
Beach appears to have weathered the major winter storms quite well.
Other Mile 31 Reports (32)


August 24, 2016 - Lorenzo2
Dead sea lion observed (no photo, due to camera battery being dead).  Curlew also observed.
June 23, 2016 - Lorenzo2
Nine Zarapico (common Mexican name, US common name is "curlew"), a migratory bird seen here every year at about this time. Brown, with a long downward-curving bill. I used to hunt them in Mexico....


July 9, 2015 - Lorenzo2
A dead seal about 1/2 mi. S. of Otter Point. Approximately 3ft long. Flesh all stripped from head so I could not tell if it had had ears.Lots of large mussels washed up onto beach. More than I've...
June 21, 2015 - Lorenzo2
Dead harbor seal on beach.
  • About 36 in long (not counting tail flipper) with triangular white marker on head.  Marker has the number "F5" on it, in black.
May 6, 2015 - Lorenzo2
Thousands of Velella velella washed up.


October 21, 2014 - Lorenzo2
I don't know the species of the whale. I would like you to inform me. It is a baleen-type, as can be seen by looking at the mouth. It is located 3/4 mi. S. of Otter Point.There is a wound (shown...
September 11, 2014 - Lorenzo2
A very sick black and white bird. I think it is a murre, but I'm not sure. (See attached photo.) DEAD BIRDS STRANDED A dead sealion. The same one that I reported Aug. 31 but didn't have photos. I...
August 31, 2014 - Lorenzo2
Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me. The sea lion was dry, dark brown in color, looked in good condition (except for being dead).....
June 22, 2014 - Lorenzo2
Two live healthy Black Brant Geese at surf line. Positive identification! The only Brant I've seen on this beach in 20 years. They appeared to be first-year birds (not quite full size). (They differ...
May 5, 2014 - Lorenzo2
The Geese were "surfing"."Got a '34 wagon we call it a "woody", surf city..." I moved up on them slowly, taking pictures. I was able to get much closer than one normally would (without them flying...
  • A mated pair of Canada Geese with one gosling
May 3, 2014 - Lorenzo2
A few days ago I saw a pair of black oyster catchers, 10 Long-Billed Curlew and about 100 sandpipers. I'm not sure if they were The Western Sandpiper or The Least Sandpiper. (How would you like...
  • Appeared to be a mated pair


December 6, 2012 - Lorenzo2
A dead fawn about 1/4 mi. S. of Otter Point. Old enough to no longer have white spots.
May 12, 2012 - Lorenzo2
The seal/sea lion (?) is badly decomposed. It's about 3ft long. (The walking stick in the photos is approx. 3ft long.)I poked around the head but could not determine if it had ears. It's about 1/4...
  • see body of report


November 1, 2011 - Lorenzo2
The sea lion appears to be the same one that I reported on 10/24. It's in the same location and is now dead.
October 24, 2011 - Lorenzo2
A live sea lion on the beach, approx. 1 mi. S. of Otter Point. It's in the same place and looks like the one I saw on the 23rd.The sea lion is thin. One can see it's ribs. It's lying on it's side...
  • 1 mi. S. of Otter Point.  Alive, but very skinny.
October 23, 2011 - Lorenzo2
The sea lion was approx. 1 mi. S. of Otter Point.
  • Sea lion On the beach 1 mi. S. of Otter Point
  • Alive, on the beach.
October 21, 2011 - Lorenzo2
I reported a dead sea lion on 6 Oct. This appears to be a new one. The last time I saw the previous one it had holes along its back (from the birds). This one did not. It's about the same length...
  • dead sea lion, 1/4 mi. S. of Otter Point, approx. 72 in. long
  • dead sea lion
  • dead sea lion
October 6, 2011 - Lorenzo2
See comments on seal lions (above).
September 9, 2011 - Lorenzo2
I'm submitting this report primarily because I was shamed into it by Phillip Johnson's recent email.


May 11, 2010 - Lorenzo2
The first Black Brant I've seen here this year. (I hunted them for 20 years in Mexico. They're one of the most delicious of wild waterfowl.) It was by itself but seemed healthy.


September 4, 2009 - Lorenzo2
Dead sea lion approx. 3/4 mile S. of Otter Point.
August 11, 2009 - Lorenzo2
I have been actively fishing (both commercial and sport) for 60 years. I have seen many different types of sharks. I have the dubious distinction of having been hit by the tail of a thresher shark...
May 13, 2009 - Lorenzo2
If it looks like a smelt and acts like a smelt, it's probably a smelt...
April 21, 2009 - Lorenzo2
Few birds in past weeks but migratory birds now arriving.
March 20, 2009 - Lorenzo2
Very little to be seen on the beach other than the kelp plants.


December 26, 2008 - Joseph
Typical winter scene, human debris continues one year trend of being minimal.
September 18, 2008 - Joseph
A delightful walk on a beautiful beach.
March 29, 2008 - Joseph
Other than the dead sea lion, there is nothing unusual to note. This beach has not changed much in my ten years of close observation. The decrease in litter is a welcome development since three...
February 3, 2008 - Joseph
No shoreline degradation to note.


October 10, 2007 - B Edgar
1 dead juv. sea lion. there was an exit hole that looked like a bullet wound on the neck. Was dead approx. a week or less.1 dead seal that had been dead for several weeksnot much litter on beach!!...
May 22, 2007 - Joseph
Similar to last report, this beach is relatively unused for its proximity to Gold Beach and shoreside homes. At times, there will be some ATV use.
January 28, 2007 - Joseph
Beautiful morning between winter storms, not as much beach debris as in past winters