South Jetty Picnic

Every now and then we have to have a picnic at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon.  We picked up a sandwich and drink at Walmart along with the other groceries.

Tide going out - about 3pm
Tide going out – about 3pm

We just pick a spot near one of the jetties to watch the boats, seals and birds.  This was yesterday, Nov 13th.  There was a 12 foot change in the tide; which is a big change for this part of the Oregon coast.  High tide was about 11am at 10 feet.  Low tide will be about 5:45 at -2 feet.

South Jetty-lower tide
South Jetty-lower tide – about 4pm

This is the same spot (and some of the same seals) an hour later.  It’s fun to see how fast the level drops.  We watched a boat coming in that was hardly moving at all but sounded like the engine was almost maxed out.  It was really fighting the tide.

Harbor Seals goofing around
Harbor Seals goofing around

The seals were pretty active.  They’d lay on the surface and slap the water a few times.  Then they’d jump up out of the water and dive.  Is this the breeding season?

Diving birds - goofing around
Diving birds – goofing around

Some of the diving birds were pretty active too.  I keep thinking this is a loon, but haven’t looked it up yet.

Shrimp Boats
Shrimp Boats

I don’t know if this is a fishing boat or shrimp boat but there are huge nets in that big boat!

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