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The north cove had little or no driftline, and sand had been removed exposing large rocks at the base of the bluff. Large drift logs rested on the rocks. The driftline had a large amount of terrestrial duff of moss and leaf litter. A major landslide had slumped into the cove. The driftline of the middle beach consisted of a large amount of terrestrial duff of moss and leaf litter mixed with 14 different types of kelp and algae. The invertebrates were Leather Bryozoa(Flustrellidra), Clubbed Compound Tunicate (Distaplia), Sea Pork (Aplidium), worm tubes and Green False Jingle Shell(Pododesmus). The bluff had slumped at several places carrying down soil, rocks, vegetation and trees onto the beach. The south beach had no driftline, and sand had been removed exposing rocks at the base of the bluff. Large drift logs were on the rocks. 75 Harbor seals hauled out on the offshore rocks or swimming in the bay. 17 Steller's and 5 California Sea Lions on an offshore rock. 30 cormorants resting on rocks. A Double-Crested Cormorant flew over bay. 6 Black Oystercatchers on rocks. 47 Raven on northern beach. 70 Common Murre on ocean. 200 Canada Geese flying north. Loons on the ocean. White-Winged Scoter on bay. 2 Red-Tailed Hawks flying over beach. Yellow-Rumped Warblers on slope above beach. The ocean and air tempertures were 52.4 and 62 degrees, respectively. The was no wind on the beach.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.

Notable Wildlife

75 Harbor seals hauled out on the offshore rocks or swimming in the bay. 17 Steller's and 5 California Sea Lions on an offshore rock. 30 cormorants resting on rocks. Double-crested Cormorant flying over bay. 6 Black Oystercatchers on rocks. 47 Raven on northern beach. 70 Common Murre on ocean. 200 Canada Geese flying north. Loons on the ocean. White-Winged Scoter on bay. 2 Red-Tailed Hawks flying over beach. Yellow-Rumped Warblers on slope above beach.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Leather Bryozoa(Flustrellidra), Clubbed Compound Tunicate (Distaplia), Sea Pork (Aplidium), worm tubes, Green False Jingle Shell (Pododesmus).

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces. Terrestrial duff of moss and leaf litter.

Natural Changes

Major cracks appearing in bluffs, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff, Landslides/major boulder falls.

Actions & Comments

The kelp/algae in the driftline were: Callophyllis (Beautiful leaf Seaweed), Mazzaella (Iridescent Seaweed), Hymenena (Black-lined Seaweed), Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Fucus (Rockweed), Cryptopleura (Ruffled Red Seaweed), Saccharina (Sea Cabbage), Rhodymenia (Pacific Rose Seaweed), Erythrophyllum (Red Sea Leaf),Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp),Opuntiella (Prickly Pear Seaweed), Laminaria (Split Kelp) and Membranoptera (Feather-veined Red Seaweed). The ocean and air tempertures were 52.4 and 62 degrees, respectively. The was no wind on the beach. There was a major landslide in the north cove and lesser slumps on the middle and south beach.

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March 8, 2013

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May 17, 2012

Light driftline with 12 different genera of kelp and algae, terrestrial mosses, Leather Bryozoa (Flustrellidra corniculata), the flowering plant, Phyllospadix (Seagrass) and small rocks.

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September 7, 2011

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July 28, 2011

The south beach lacked driftline and sand has accumulated around the drift logs and over the large rocks at the base of the headland.

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May 17, 2011

The driftline was light on the southern and northern portions of the beach but heavy on the middle portion of the beach with large amounts of kelp/algae and forest duff.

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