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The weather cleared during my visit. The sea was very calm. I decided to spend more time in the high tide zone and so noticed evidence of a land slide that happened earlier this year. The extra attention could account for my impression of more trash than usual. I found a dead gumboot chiton displayed on a rock. I believe it was "loved to death".

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Tide Level: 1.6 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 10. Walking or running: 7. Photography: 2. Other Activities: 1 person was snorkeling.. This is the first time I have observed someone snorkeling in the cove.

Concerns

Fire, Litter

Apparent violations: I saw evidence of fire in the driftwood. The burned pieces were scattered. I found more litter than I ever had, but only amounted to a half full grocery sack full. I don't often pick my way through the driftwood like I did today, which could account for my impression of more litter than normal. I am not overly concerned about either issue..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

I found quite a few dead crabs. About a dozen, along the northern part of South Cove. I also found a dead gumboot chiton set up on a large boulder. I suspect it was "loved to death". The last time I visited this beach, I watched a young child pull a gumboot chiton out of the tidepool. I had her return it to the water, but maybe the damage was done then. Or maybe another child had the same impulse, with no one there to advocate for the chiton. Then again, maybe it was place on the rock post mortem after a natural demise.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Styrofoam.

Natural Changes

Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

Actions & Comments

I decided to do more in the high tide zone this visit and I noted some trees had slid down. It was evident this happened earlier in the year.

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

June 23, 2024

A minus tide brought many visitors to South Cove, one group being led by Larry, a Oregon Shores board member.

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Mile 116

Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

May 11, 2024

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Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove

March 16, 2024

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Elaine Cramer

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.

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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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