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Mile 225 Report
February 2, 2016
It was a blustery, cool day at Otter Rock.
It was a blustery, cool day at Otter Rock. I used the Inn's staircase to access the north tidal area exposure as the marine garden asphalt walkway is badly eroded by high tidal waters. There were many seals high on normal tidepool areas, along with a single pup. The southern section of this mile was quite clear of any disturbance; the vertical tidal pool area even at low tide was unavailable for viewing. Normal driftline consisted of driftwood up against the cliffs. The American Bald eagle was wonderful to view.
Temperature: 43 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 0.6 feet.
Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 2. Tidepooling: 3. Given the blustery weather, I was surprised to see people looking at tidepools. There were seals visible.
Apparent violations: Dog not on leash.
Cars/trucks parking: 5.
Many seals were visible high on rocks, one baby. There was one American Bald eagle amidst many crows.
Shells, Wood pieces. Driftline was high against the clifts. Asphalt walkway @Marine Gardens was damaged due to high tides.
Major cracks appearing in bluffs, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff, Evidence of wave overtopping. Landslides/major boulder falls; Winter high tides have eroded much of the Marine Garden asphalt walk way. It is roped off to public.
Actions & Comments
I have photos of eroded beach, forwarded to Fawn Custer.
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There were very few large birds visible in the air or on the ground/rocks.
The day at Otter Rock (Devil's Punchbowl State Park) and Otter Crest Resort was clear and warm for January.
The was a lot of Ball Kelp on the beach, more than you would normally see, other than that everything appeared normal.
I saw only a few surfers on the beach below the Devils Punchbowl state park trying to surf, but there was not enough wave action to surf.