by Jeff Goulden
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach may be the most iconic and often photographed feature on the Oregon Coast. The basalt monolith stands 237 feet above the beach and its tide pools are home to a wide variety of sea life. The rock is also a nesting and gathering site for puffins, terns and many other seabirds.
The offshore rocks and islands are a refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer nesting place for thousands of seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migration between Mexico and Alaska.
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