Mile 317 Dispatch

June 19, 2022
by SeagerG

Location:
Clatsop
Indian Beach, Canyon Creek, Indian Point
Conditions:
Sunday 11:00 AM
Party cloudy
57° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
10.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Disturbing endangered Steller Sea Lion pup; climbing on Submarine Rock; driftwood fires; urinating in public near Bald Point (too far from public bathroom?)
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Moderate amount of people and dogs; tidepoolers, surfers, hikers;
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

Reported sea lion pup to the Seaside Aquarium and tried to keep the public away; asked climbers to exit the rock; asked Eric Crum from OPRD what can be done to reduce driftwood fires; didn't comment on the urinating in public as it was a man and I didn't feel comfortable approaching him - I pretended ignorance.  I arrived around 11am and the pup had moved from the previous day's location out into the boulders closer to the water, and unfortunately, the tidepoolers. I called the Seaside Aquarium and agreed to move the sign to a more appropriate location and too keep and eye on him as I surveyed the black oystercatchers. As the day warmed up, the number of people approaching the sea lion pup (ignoring, or not seeing the sign) continued to increase until I left at about 1:45pm when a drizzle started. I was told by a woman who had also been visiting on Saturday afternoon/evening that despite the sign being between the pup and the public (yesterday the pup had been hidden by a log and positioned close to the cliff face), people had been "mobbing him" for hours. This morning (as well as yesterday morning) I was able to talk to people and explain that this pup did not need rescuing, that mothers regularly leave pups on the beach while they are out hunting and will return for them as long as we do not disturb them. Everyone I spoke to seemed grateful for the information and nobody continued to actively disturb the pup although some did sit quietly and watch, with which I decided not to argue.

Summary:

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 during pupping season and maybe only during high traffic times of the day.

  • Indian Beach Indian Point Ecola State Park
    Looking north towards Indian Point
    N45.92989, W123.97864
    June 20, 2022
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park
    Indian Beach, looking NE towards the parking lot
    N45.92989, W123.97864
    June 20, 2022
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park
    Indian Beach, looking SW towards Submarine Rock and Bald Point
    N45.92989, W123.97864
    June 20, 2022
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park
    Indian Beach, looking west
    N45.92989, W123.97864
    June 20, 2022
  • Steller Sea Lion Pup Onlookers
    Steller Sea Lion Pup Onlookers
    N 45.92577, W 123.97813
    June 20, 2022
  • Indian Beach Ecola State Park Driftwood Fires
    Driftwood fires at Indian Beach
    fires at approximately: N 45.93098, W 123.97920; parking lot is to the right and at the top of the bluff/cliff photo taken from trail just to south of Canyon Creek: N 45.93024, W 123.97799
    June 20, 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 18, 2022 - SeagerG
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...
  • Steller sea lion pup hiding in driftwood Indian Beach
  • Steller sea lion pup hiding in driftwood Indian Beach
  • Steller sea lion pup sleeping in driftwood Indian Beach
  • Tidepooling Submarine Rock Indian Beach
  • Indian Beach
  • Indian Beach
  • Indian Point and Lighthouse Rock
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...