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Mile 116 Report
December 23, 2009
Due to the tide height, this was not an ideal day for a CoastWatch of mile 116.
Due to the tide height, this was not an ideal day for a CoastWatch of mile 116. Anything that might wash up was certainly submerged or floating in the cove. However, I was very surprised at the volume of human activity. Some of the 10 surfers were excited about the plane over head and left the trail at the lower portion. This area is very eroded and I took the opportunity to kindly lecture one apologetic shortcutter as he shortcutted his way back up the trail. Most of the other 27 visitors were picnicing or sight seeing. Two in my party are avid birdwatchers, photographing and identifying many bird species. One in my party stopped to rest on the lower bench on the trail, and a porcupine wandered past! There was a group of about 10 harbor seals on a large rock in the vicinity of the southern border of my mile, though a ways out. Shells and kelp in driftline. Black Phoebes seen flying above beach.
Number of people: 37. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 17. Playing in sand: 4. Sitting: 2. Photography: 3. Tidepooling: 1. Surfing: 10. In human totals, I am including my party of four. This MAY be the most human activity I have ever seen since monitoring this mile. A party of ten surfers had a Cesna Skylane circling the cove, presumably to take arial photos of them as they surfed. Surprising to me, as the ocean was very flat today.
Apparent violations: Short cutting on eroded hillside.
Cars/trucks parking: 10.
There was a group of about 10 harbor seals on a large rock in the vicinity of the southern border of my mile, though a ways out. I have never noticed them before. Also sighted Black Phoebes, which are an unusual sighting this far north, I am told.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells.
Actions & Comments
Nothing of note this trip.
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I was the only person fool enough to the visit South Cove today.
The weather had very light cloud cover, but I logged it as Sunny.
A minus tide occurs this Summer weekend and Parks had a sign encouraging the public to explore the tidepools.