Mile 317 Dispatch

June 20, 2022
by tabeag

Indian Beach, Canyon Creek, Indian Point
Monday 12:00 PM
Party cloudy
55° F
Tide Level:
0.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
A Stellar sea lion pup was on the rocks near Submarine Rock. Although signs were posted in several places at Indian Beach to not disturb the pup, people and unleashed dogs continually approached the pup.
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A  Stellar sea lion pup has been at Indian Beach for several days. Seaside Aquarium was called on Saturday and placed signs warning visitors to not disturb the mammal. When I arrived at Submarine Rock to do a Black Oystercatcher survey, a woman sitting next to the "Do Not Disturb" sign told me that several people had tried to put the pup in the water, and that it had an injured flipper. I called the Aquarium to let them know, and they said they had done all they could by putting up signs. They were not able to manage human disturbance. Throughout the next several hours, there was a steady stream of people and off-leash dogs approaching the pup, approximately every five minutes. The pup had apparently been on the sand, and when I arrived, it had either moved or been carried to the rocks by the ocean. When I pointed out the "Do Not Disturb" sign to visitors, many said "Oh, yes, I saw that", but ignored the instruction. I was not able to get a good picture of the pup and could not confirm that it was injured, poor quality photo attached. He verbalized minimally in the time that I was there. 

Given the level of human and dog disturbance, does this need to be reported as a Stranded Marine Mammal?


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 the ocean, and that he had an injured flipper.

  • Sea lion pup
Other Mile 317 Reports (12)


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 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
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.


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...


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...


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...