Report Details

Fabulous day at the tidepools at Road's End. Found several nudibranchs: an alabaster, a leopard, a red gilled, and five opalescent. Two of the opalescents were curled up in the seaweed at the edge of the pool, all the others were actively feeding. Sand is low exposing alot of rocks and pools. Some agates, and agate hunters. First time I've ever seen an oystercatcher working the beach much less within 100 feet of a human. Guillimots were pretty active on the nearshore rocky outcroppings in the first cove. Found a huge round bumper, white with the letter B on the sides (2) and a five or six digit letter/number code across the top. Left it at the north access for someone who loves having beach flotsam in their yard. Some false seapalm on the beach along with lots of plastic pieces (again!)

Conditions

Temperature: 59 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: -1.1 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 96. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 39. Playing in sand: 6. Sitting: 4. Photography: 3. Tidepooling: 35.

Concerns

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 43.

Notable Wildlife

black oystercatcher, pigeon guillimots

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Small rocks, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

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Mile 245

January 23, 2024

After king tides and heavy surf, most of the usual driftwood was up nearer the bank along with minimal bull kelp.

Lisa Bizon-Carroll

Mile 245

November 18, 2023

The beach mile varied quite a bit - with the south (less traveled) section with darkened sands and clear of most debris while the north end, with more visitors, was covered in stones with more small debris (esp.

LisaBC

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 245

November 17, 2023

Just wanted to say there have been a lot of brown pelicans this season, more than I've ever seen, and I'm wondering if they will stay for the winter?

TerryH

Mile 245

September 29, 2023

Less tourist traffic.

LisaBC

Mile 245

September 21, 2023

Lazy, late summer day on Road End beach.

TerryH

Mile 245

August 14, 2023

Busy day at 245.

LisaBC

Mile 245

July 7, 2023

Dead elephant seal pup.

TerryH

Mile 245

June 26, 2023

Beach was cleaner than observered previously - paper and plastic most prevalent however.

LisaBC