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Mile 190 Report
June 22, 2014
I have been a volunteer trail/beach naturalist at Cape Perpetua since 2008.
I have been a volunteer trail/beach naturalist at Cape Perpetua since 2008. Our tide pools are historically well populated with 1000's of ocher sea stars, occasional sun star.With the recent alarm over the sea star wasting disease, I walked thru our popular tide pools rocky complex today to inventory the formerly abundant sea stars.They're all gone! In areas where one had to walk carefully to avoid stepping on them, not a single sea star was observed. I found one half-dissolved orange ocher sea star clinging to a vertical mid-tide wall usually covered with sea stars. Three sick-looking ochers were co-mingled into a tight ball in one tide pool - a behavior I've not seen before. That was it!
Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.
Number of people: 120. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 50. Photography: 50. Tidepooling: 15. Busy Sunday afternoon at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Grey whales (2)
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Unusual concentration. Almost complete loss of ocher sea stars from the Cape Perpetua tide pools area.
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A beautiful day at the coast at Cape Perpetua, very strong winds, tide remains high 2 hours following high tide, Devils Churn full of water, foam whipped to consistency of whipped cream.
I normally don't report on Mile 190 but since I've been a volunteer naturalist/interpretive ranger at Cape Perpetua since 2008, I can report on those things that have been changing over the years.
Visited the ocean December 26th, a damp, showery day with small number of visitors.
I have been a volunteer naturalist ranger, trail crew, trash-picker-upper at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area since 2008.
A beautiful July day, the coast being enjoyed by a large number of people, Devil's Churn parking lot filled.
The rock walls appear to have been scoured of small blue mussels and the only sea star noted was in a depression at the top of a rock at the western edge of the beach, which also appeared to be part of a healthy community with anemone.