Mile 317 Dispatch

June 18, 2022
by SeagerG

Location:
Clatsop
Indian Beach, Canyon Creek, Indian Point
Conditions:
Saturday 10:00 AM
Cloudy
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Disturbing Steller sea lion pup, handling sea lion pup (thinking it was stuck)
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Tourists getting very close to a Steller sea lion pup high up on the rocks which appeared (to the untrained eye) to be trapped by a driftwood. One man thought to free the pup by breaking branches off the driftwood tree.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

Called Seaside Aquarium and remained nearby until they arrived to asses and set up signage. Informed well-intentioned visitors not to handle or disturb the pup and that trained professionals were on the way.

Summary:

The majority of the people seemed genuinely concerned with the health of the sea lion but weren't sure what to do and weren't aware pups are left on beaches by their mothers. One person called the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Many curious people were getting within a few feet for photographs. I was stationed nearby surveying birds so I moved close enough to the pup to warn others off (especially those with off-leash dogs) but far enough not to disturb. Photos were taken with a zoom.

  • Steller sea lion pup hiding in driftwood Indian Beach
    Steller sea lion pup hiding in driftwood
    N 45.92614, W 123.97770 South end of Indian Beach
    June 18, 2022
  • Steller sea lion pup hiding in driftwood Indian Beach
    Steller sea lion pup hiding in driftwood
    N 45.92614, W 123.97770 South end of Indian Beach
    June 18, 2022
  • Steller sea lion pup sleeping in driftwood Indian Beach
    Steller sea lion pup sleeping amongst driftwood
    N 45.92614, W 123.97770 South end of Indian Beach
    June 18, 2022
  • Tidepooling Submarine Rock Indian Beach
    Tidepooling near Submarine Rock
    N 45.92614, W 123.97770 South end of Indian Beach
    June 18, 2022
  • Indian Beach
    Looking north towards Indian Rock
    N 45.92614, W 123.97770 South end of Indian Beach
    June 18, 2022
  • Indian Beach
    Looking south down Indian Beach
    N 45.92792, W 123.97912
    June 18, 2022
  • Indian Point and Lighthouse Rock
    Looking north at Lighthouse Rock and Indian Point
    N 45.92798, W 123.97915
    June 18, 2022
Other Mile 317 Reports (12)

2022

July 4, 2022 - SeagerG
  • Indian Beach Canyon Creek
  • Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • Black Oystercatcher chick Submarine Rock
  • Tidepoolers Indian Beach
  • Indian Beach
  • Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • BLOY survey Indian beach
  • BLOY nest site Indian Point
  • Indian Point Lighthouse Rock Indian Beach
  • Sea Star Indian Point Indian Beach
  • Indian Point low tide tidepoolers
  • Styrofoam debris Indian Point
  • Elephant Seal sign Indian Beach
July 3, 2022 - SeagerG
Black Oystercatchers are currently raising three chicks on Submarine Rock and birds' behavior was noted to change due to tidepoolers. While it's anecdotal, parents appear to cease forage activies by...
  • Sea Star Anemone Low Tide
  • Sea Stars Sea Anemones Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • Oystercatcher Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • Sea Star Mussle Barnacles Submarine Rock, Indian Beach
  • Chiton Sea Anemone Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • Sea Stars Submarine Rock, Indian Beach
  • Indian Beach East
  • Indian Beach South
  • Indian Point
  • Surfers at Indian Beach
June 22, 2022 - SeagerG
A drone hovered very close to the Black Oystercatcher nesting site on Submarine Rock for nearly 15 minutes (definitely affecting the behavior of both parents and chicks) and nearly hit a juvenile...
  • Steller sea lion pup
  • Steller sea lion pup
  • Steller sea lion pup deceased
  • Drone and juvenile Bald Eagle
June 20, 2022 - tabeag
An endangered Stellar sea lion pup has been continually harassed by visitors and dogs for several days, and the same behavior continued today. I was told that several people tried to push him into...
June 19, 2022 - SeagerG
I'm wondering if better protection can be put in place for endangered seal and sea lion pups. More or clearer signage might help or even a volunteer network of people that could "stand guard" only be...
  • Indian Beach Indian Point Ecola State Park
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park
  • Steller Sea Lion Pup Onlookers
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park Driftwood Fires
May 5, 2022 - tabeag
Minimal activity because of the rain.

2010

July 27, 2010 - Pillzy
Chilly summer day at the beach. Very busy for a Tuesday, but that's the summer for you. The majority of cars were from Oregon and British Columbia. A lot of surfers, and even one kayaker, despite the...
February 21, 2010 - Pillzy
Just a typical beautiful and warm weekend day at the beach. One of the first warmer days of the season, and many people were out to enjoy the coast. The northern, rugged part of the mile had no...

2009

August 1, 2009 - Pillzy
Busy day at the beach--warm summer weekend. Over 100 people, mostly sitting but also walking, surfing (about 15 surfers), playing in the tides, etc. Indian Beach and Ecola Point parking lots were...
  • Human activity
  • Human activity
April 20, 2009 - Pillzy
Warm, sunny Monday at Indian beach after a nice weekend. 35 people and 33 cars on the beach at 12pm, increasing to 65 people and 50 cars by 2pm. Two fisherman and 3 surfers--the rest were either...
January 18, 2009 - Pillzy
Perfect day at the beach, alarmingly warm, sunny, and clear, for a January day. The parking lot at Ecola Point was completely full, and I am sure the Indian Beach lot would have been full had the...

2008

November 9, 2008 - Pillzy
Nothing particularly unusual observed. Access to northern half of the mile was very limited, due to sharp cliffs. Will explore a northern access route on my next visit. This was my first visit to the...