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Mile 188 Report
July 10, 2013
Oyster catchers greeting tidepoolers on a gorgeous clear morning.
Oyster catchers greeting tidepoolers on a gorgeous clear morning. So much sand has come in that many of the usual anemone pools are covered up. But beach walkers can easily walk from the north section to the south section of coastline as the sand has paved a way over the rocks and usual seaweed there. Access trails to the beach are getting deeper and deeper.
Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: -0.9 feet.
Number of people: 12. People getting very close to seals, as sand has moved in.
Cars/trucks parking: 9.
Two loud oyster catchers on north island rock. Few gulls flying over. Lots of squid eggs.
Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Small rocks, Wood pieces. hardly any plastic
a lot of sand has moved in this summer, more than I've seen before, especially on north side.
Actions & Comments
Graffiti on sandstone cliff continues to grow, causing gradual erosion. Is this activity illegal? Is there any mention of a restriction for our waysides. The central coast cliff sides are being seriously damaged by people who just have to leave a record of "I was here". We need some educational signage at the cliff against this vandalism.
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The high surf (even at low tide) made for dramatic conditions during this visit.
Mile 188 has no notable changes since my last visit two months ago.
It was a beautiful day at Mile 188, with the resident harbor seals dozing on the rocks just offshore and many gulls flying around.
There were two mudslides on the north beach, 20-40 yards north of the parking area, that appeared to be recent.
Strawberry Hill is a popular destination for beachcombing and tidepooling.