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Mile 116 Report
October 9, 2021
A pleasant day at South Cove, not many visitors.
A pleasant day at South Cove, not many visitors. A stranded California Sea Lion, a call went out to the Stranded Marine Mammal Network. Saw a Mottled Sea Star, Evasterias troschelii, and may do a Sea Star Survey, even though I saw no Sea Stars suffering Wasting Disease. I aslo saw no Nurdles. I did however see two deer. Theywere on the beach for a bit, then traipsed over the cliffs. Saw a dead crab and gumboot chiton. Saw 3 people fishing, one was using WD40 and stated the rainbows in the water attracted fish. This is a myth, BTW, and no good reason to pollute the water, but it is not illegal. WD40 does what it can to disabuse people of this notion. It seems to me there is less drift wood at the South Cove than usual.
Temperature: 46 F. Tide Level: 1.8 feet.
Number of people: 5. Fishing: 3. Other Activities: Us two doing the survey. 3 people fishing, at least one was spraying his lure with WD40, stating the rainbows in the water helped to attract fish. After I got home I looked into this and found it is a myth. Doing so just pollutes the water for no good reason. Doing so is not illegal, however, and the pollution is thought to be minimal.
Cars/trucks parking: 3.
A sickly looking Sea Lion, a Mottled Sea Star and two deer. I have never seen deer on this mile in all my years of making reports.
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. California Sea Lion appeared thin and sickly. It would lift it's head to look at us, but could not muster enough to move away from us. We never came closer than 5 yards from it. I did call the Stranded Marine Mammal Network and texted pictures to them .Not sure what, if anything, they will do.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Saw a definitely dead crab and gumboot chiton
Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces.
Saw a deer traipsing across the cliffs, knocking loose some dirt and small rocks.
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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.