Report Details

Beautiful day for a minus tide at Strawberry. Lots of usual anemones, chitons, stars, and mussels available.

Human Activities

Number of people: 18. Number of dogs: 2. People, including photographers, should stay 500 ft from stranded baby seals.

Concerns

Apparent violations: photographer 8 ft from stranded baby seal.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 13.

Notable Wildlife

two Oyster catchersPurple urchins still there

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. baby harbor seal, in good shape. Directly west of parking area, in slot.

Driftline Content

Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls. several trees down from cliff just south of parking

Actions & Comments

I suggested to the photographer who was too close to the baby seal, that he probably had a telephoto lens in the gear he was packing that would produce a great picture without stressing the seal.

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Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

March 15, 2024

It was a beautiful day at Strawberry Hill, with many visitors -- and the resident harbor seals -- enjoying the balmy weather.

Mark Gasiorowski

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

January 5, 2024

The high surf (even at low tide) made for dramatic conditions during this visit.

Mark Gasiorowski

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

October 2, 2023

Mile 188 has no notable changes since my last visit two months ago.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

July 21, 2023

It was another beautiful day at Mile 188.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

April 14, 2023

It was a beautiful day at Mile 188, with the resident harbor seals dozing on the rocks just offshore and many gulls flying around.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

January 16, 2023

There were two mudslides on the north beach, 20-40 yards north of the parking area, that appeared to be recent.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

October 17, 2022

It was a beautiful day at Strawberry Hill.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 188

Neptune SP, Strawberry Hill Picnic Area

July 18, 2022

Strawberry Hill is a popular destination for beachcombing and tidepooling.

GasiorowskiM