Report Details

The mile had a good summer. Tree cone production was plentiful, and parts of the trail had good moisture content. The kelp forests were thick. This summer there were usually 4-6 summer Gray Whales in the area. The large numbers of Ca. Sea Lions indicates that the males have returned from the breeding areas. The 3 N. Elephant Seals although not totally unexpected are a rare sight this time of year. The suckling by the Steller Sea Lions was totally unexpected, esp. since one was much larger than you would expect. The one dead Ca.Sea Lion was being pecked at by gulls. There were large numbers of Harbor Seals. Hermann's Gulls with Brown Pelicans, Turkey Vultures and Cormorants were observed. In general, wildlife numbers were good.Did not see any signs of the lilies in the restoration sites-too late in the summer. The areas had been burned in the spring. Except for the vandalism of the bench, the area was in good condition-very little litter, erosion, and the people that I observed and worked w/ were enjoying a great day and the wildlife. Heavy Human impact (32)- 27 viewing wildlife, 3 taking photos and 2 fishing.

Conditions

Temperature: 51 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 32. Photography: 3. Fishing: 2. Other Activities: Viewing Wildlife-27.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 13. RVs/Buses parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

4 Ca Gray Whales3 N. Elephant Seals-probably juveniles since adults are at sea this time of year(Dr. Jan Hodder).Saw 2 cases of suckling by Stellar Sea Lions-SEA national volunteers saw these actions first.Large numbers of harbor seals,Ca sea lions,and stellar sea lions.Herman's gulls(observed trying to take fish from the brown pelicans),brown pelicans,turkey vultures,and cormorants were obvious.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Dead Ca Sea Lion on the beach of Shell Island

Actions & Comments

Vandalism occured at the point that has the south bench in this mile. Someone pulled it out of the ground and threw the pieces over the bluff (they are visible on the beach below).

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Mile 118

August 22, 2022

Shore Acres State Park is a lovely place, with beautiful vistas and hiking trails, hundreds of marine mammals visible at Simpson Reef Overlook, and a wonderful botanical garden.

GasiorowskiM

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July 14, 2016

Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef.

D Bone

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July 31, 2015

Wildlife was a major feature of this trip, as usual.

D Bone

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Mile 118

July 29, 2012

I saw a total of 5 people.

D Bone

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Mile 118

June 10, 2012

Human Activities; 2 people walking their dogs and picking up trash, 2 people fishing, and 2 people watching wildlife.

D Bone

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June 2, 2011

The little available beach on this mile is still closed for Harbor Seal birthing.

D Bone

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Mile 118

March 25, 2011

Not much happening.

D Bone

Mile 118

December 31, 2010

A lady sketching seals and sea lions from the Simpson's Reef Viewing Area pointed out an Elephant Seal with two pups.

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