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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.

Human Activities

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.

Concerns

Apparent violations: Short cutting on eroded hillside.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 10.

Notable Wildlife

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.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells.

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All Mile 116 Reports

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Mile 116

January 20, 2024

I was the only person fool enough to the visit South Cove today.

Elaine Cramer

Mile 116

August 6, 2023

A pleasantly mild day made for a good tidepool walk.

alaingamerica

Mile 116

May 7, 2023

There was one dead California Sea Lion low on the beach.

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Mile 116

December 3, 2022

I returned to Mile 116 for a Sea Star Observation Survey.

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Mile 116

November 20, 2022

The weather had very light cloud cover, but I logged it as Sunny.

alaingamerica

Mile 116

July 16, 2022

A minus tide occurs this Summer weekend and Parks had a sign encouraging the public to explore the tidepools.

alaingamerica

Mile 116

May 1, 2022

I came for the minus tide since the weather would be dry.

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Mile 116

January 9, 2022

After a week of heavy rain, it was a lovely sunny January day at the South Cove.

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