Report Details

New drift logs distributed on rocks below bluff and numerous small rocks on south beach. Little driftline. Plastic fish container moved onto south beach. Small sticks of wood, duff, Pterygophora stipes and a few kelp/algae in driftline on middle beach. Three small dead Cryptochiton, a few leather Bryozoa, a tunicate, a live Spot-bellied Rock Crab, a live Pink Sea Star and a sponge within 1/2 mile south of Crook Point. Buttercup, Footsteps-of Spring, Trift, Beach Knotweed, and Strawberry blooming on Crook Point. 27 Harbor Seals on offshore rocks. Three Black Oystercatchers and two Canada Geese on offshore rocks. Wind blowing at 3.5 mph from the NW. Small slumps on bluffs. Air and ocean temperature of 46 and 50.5 degrees F, respectively.

Conditions

Temperature: 46 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW.

Notable Wildlife

Sand removed, exposing lower intertidal Mazzaella volans(Iridescent Seaweed)and Ahnfeltiopsis gigartinoides(Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed). Mastocarpus papillatus (Turkish Washcloth) and small Ulva (Sea Lettuce) on intertidal rocks. 27 Harbor Seals on off-shore rocks. Young Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Neorhodomela (Black Larch), Saccharina (Sea Cabbage), and Egregia (Feather Boa Kelp) on intertidal rocks. Laminaria sinclairii (Dense-clumped Kelp) forming new blades in the intertidal area. Pink Sea Star (Pisaster brevispinus) found on the low intertidal area. Three Black Oystercatchers and two Canada Geese on offshore rocks.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Wood pieces. See General Comment

Natural Changes

Visible retreat of solid bluff.

Actions & Comments

Driftline Content: 3 small immature dead Cryptochiton stelleri (Gumboot Chiton), living Spot-bellied Rock Crab (Cancer antennarius), Leather Bryozoa (Flustrellidra, Stalked Tunicate (Styela montereyensis) and a sponge, Neoesperiopsis species in the driftline. New driftlogs distributed on rocks below bluff and numerous small rocks on south beach. Plastic fish container moved to south beach. Small sticks, duff and Pterygophora stipes (Old Growth Kelp)on middle beach. Small amount of kelp/algae:Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Mazzaella (Iridescent Seaweed), Opuntiella (Prickly Pear Seaweed), Desmarestia ligulata (Acid Kelp or Broad Acid Weed), Neoptilota (Red Fan Seaweed) and Surfgrass (Phyllospadix) in driftline. Buttercup (Ranuculus), Footsteps-of-Spring (Sanicula), Trift (Armeria), Beach Knotweed (Polygonum), Strawberry (Fragaria) blooming on Crook Point. Sand removed from North Cove.

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May 15, 2013

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March 8, 2013

The driftline was absent except for two localized areas with terrestrial-derived leaves, mosses, wood pieces, some shredded blades of Pterygophora(Old Growth Kelp) and a few invertebrates and other algae and kelp.

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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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