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I came for the minus tide since the weather would be dry. Very light human use. Very healthy seeming population of Pisaster ochraceus, and a possibly corresponding healthy seeming population of urchins, compared to overgrowth in seasons past. Noticed a bit more kelp in wrack than usual. Spring time has arrived at the cove. I met two students from OIMB, one of which has great eyesight and spied a very small creature, possibly a nudibranch. 

Conditions

Temperature: 45 F. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: -0.7 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 6. Walking or running: 6. Tidepooling: 2. I was surprised to find two cars parked ahead of me this morning. The whole Cape was otherwise deserted. Nothing concerning.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 5.

Notable Wildlife

Sparrows were very active in the cliffs.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.).

Natural Changes

Visible retreat of solid bluff.

Actions & Comments

Nothing concerning.

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There was a small craft warning today, and the cove had pretty good surf as well.
Muddy trail after recent rains
I saw a bit more fresh kelp in the wrack than usual. The oak leaf shape caught my eye. It's not in my book.
Spring time at the cove, Sea Sacs are budding
Lots of slippery green algae convinced me not to go out to far. Seemed very spring-like.
Saw a good amount of Ochre Stars, all healthy, ranging in size from big, extra big and half size.
I've seen grass do this before. I don't know if this is last years growth, but I think so.
Notice new water courses on the cliffs
I thought I was seeing a strange gumboot chiton, but when I walked around, I saw the coralline algae was just curved around a rock.
I don't know what this is. It was about 2 inches long, hollow and covered in stuff.
Articulated coralline algae
Just a couple sea anemones hanging around, waiting for the tide to come in.
Now this IS a gumboot chiton. Is it being picked on?
I met Daisha and Lauren, students at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
Lauren really gets into her studies. She was intrigued by an extremely small, light blue speck of a creature, possible a nudibranch.
I've never before noticed this plant growing amongst the driftwood.

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Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

May 11, 2024

Two separate study groups were present, one measuring Gumboot Chitons and the surrounding algae and one studying sea urchins, ones living in pits versus ones not. I saw a couple families bringing their small children to South Cove, and a flock of pelicans.

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

March 16, 2024

There was a beach hazard statement issued and I wanted to see what impact that would have as we were experiencing the first fine weather after so many weeks of cold rain. I was charmed by a family of six playing on the beach, the children even playing in the water.

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

January 20, 2024

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

Elaine Cramer

Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

August 6, 2023

A pleasantly mild day made for a good tidepool walk.

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

May 7, 2023

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

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

December 3, 2022

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

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

November 20, 2022

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

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

July 16, 2022

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

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