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Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer. I counted 27 adults, 4 children, and 4 dogs, all leashed except one. I observed 2 people riding bicycles, 2 using metal detectors, and one person coming down the stairs with a surfboard. I saw 2 or 3 gulls, a sandpiper, and 3 vultures biding their time near the stranded seal.  Small stones were scattered most of the way S on the mile. There were two substantial chunks of newly fallen bluff, but my photos of them were in too much shadow.Close to the bluff a sign had been placed by the Marine Mammal Stranding Network calling attention to the stranded seal. It was far enough away from where the seal lay that as I was walking S near the bluff, scanning the beach, I didn't spot any seal, and I guessed the sign was no longer relevant. Walking back N closer to the water, I came across the seal and noticed it had left a track starting near the sign and leading oceanward to its current position maybe 35 or 40 yards away (a very rough estimate). See photos. I called the MMSN to report the less than optimum placement of the sign, and they texted back that a staff member had placed the sign near the seal the night before. I sent them a couple of photos showing the seal's path and current position. I also spoke with a couple who were walking in the seal's direction with their dog to warn them off, but they were aware of the situation, had seen the seal from their campsite the night before. They said other campers had also seen it and expressed concern.Three deep holes had been dug in the sand in three different places -- deep enough to pose a danger of collapse, but the diggers were nowhere to be seen. See photo.The concrete base of a long-gone set of wooden stairs down to the beach, which has been sitting there unchanged for 10 years, has undergone a sudden transformation since my last visit, in May. It looks as if someone has taken a pickaxe to it -- much of its surface has crumbled. Big mystery to me. See "before" and "after" photos.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.

Human Activities

Number of people: 31. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 26. Sitting: 2. Surfing: 1. Other Activities: Bike riding (2), using metal detectors (2).

Notable Wildlife

A few crows, 3 gulls, 1 sandpiper, 3 vultures

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Adult harbor seal, probably injured, lying fairly close to the water but cut off from it by series of small tide pools and peninsulas that had formed behind a sandbar exposed during the low tide. Location within half mile S of campground.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass.

Actions & Comments

Close to the bluff a sign had been placed by the Marine Mammal Stranding Network calling attention to the stranded seal. It was far enough away from where the seal lay that as I was walking S near the bluff, scanning the beach, I didn't spot the seal, and I figured the sign was no longer relevant. Walking back N closer to the water, I came across the seal and noticed it had left a track starting near the sign and leading to its current position maybe 35 or 40 yards away (a very rough guess). I called the MMSN, and they texted back that they already had a report; a staff member had placed the sign the night before. I sent them a couple of photos showing the seal's path and current position. I also spoke with a couple who were walking in the seal's direction with their dog to warn them off, but they were aware of the situation, had seen the seal from their campsite the night before.

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Stranded harbor seal, probably injured. It had traveled from a spot near the bluff to this collection of tidepools apparently overnight. Marine Mammal Stranding Network had received a report on it. and had placed a sign
Track left by harbor seal overnight, total length maybe 35 or 40 yards
Low tide -- exposed sandbar and pools behind it. A summer phenomenon.
Concrete base of log-gone stairway to beach, which has suddenly begun to crumble
One of three deep holes beachgoers have dug into the sand
Concrete base not yet having crumbled, May 10, 2022

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

February 25, 2024

What a gorgeous February day.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

February 12, 2023

A pleasant afternoon on the mile.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

October 19, 2022

Clean beach, mostly sunny day, although toward the end of my visit a chilly fog enveloped us.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

August 3, 2022

Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

May 13, 2022

A pleasant, sunny, slightly breezy afternoon on the mile.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

January 8, 2022

Large chunks of bluff have fallen right at S boundary of Tillicum Beach CG.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

November 13, 2021

Another beautiful day on the mile, warm and calm, after a couple of days of heavy rain.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

July 28, 2021

A pretty, quiet morning on the mile; only about 30 people and 5 or 6 dogs (unleashed) were out on the beach.

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