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184 Blue Turtle 12/26/2017

A cool ,cloudy day on Ocean Beach. Hundreds of Sanderlings along the shore running back and forth with waves. They seem to be getting a lot of food- think small crabs and a few seemed to have very small clams that they worked hard to get open. Pounding with their beaks. 

A lot of drift wood- medium and large tree size up on high part of beach. 

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340 edjoyce 12/26/2017

Significant eroision of dunes --  See Pictures.

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339 edjoyce 12/26/2017

Nothing unusual.

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245 lvoelker 12/25/2017

Stunning afternoon on this stretch of beach, perfect conditions for walking and enjoying the area.  Very little debris in the wrack line however, hundreds of a never before seen invertebrate.  The near-transparent finger shaped creature varied in size from 3/8 inch in width and 2 inches long to an inch in width and 8 inches long. Query answered identifiying these creatures as pyrosomes.

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338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2017

A beautiful, windless day on the beach. Randy made the comment that it was "about as bland a beach mile as we've ever walked". Not too much excitement other than gulls and a raven taking turns eating on a fish carcass.

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28 AzaleaLane 12/25/2017

We only saw one other person on the beach on Christmas Day.  No dogs.  Beach was litter free.

There was driftwood at the Rogue River jetty end.  Lots of small rocks near the surf.

 

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4 mtuffey 12/23/2017 View full report 0
331 alkarbeck 12/23/2017

A sunny, winter day on our coast. Our only odd observation were the wood chips all along the shore from an earlier high tide.

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226 gsmeyer 12/21/2017

Human activity was confined to The Lookout (Otter Crest Wayside State Park), where there were several people inside the building and at the viewing area to the south.  While inside the building, I observed a grey whale spouting just to the north of Gull Rock.  Others there observed a peregrine falcon while I was there.  No physical or man-made changes were observed on this mile.  The hard basalt in the cliffs is very resistant to change and the inaccessibility of the shoreline at the base of the cliffs precludes human impacts.

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240 midnite5484 12/21/2017 View full report 0
245 TerryH 12/20/2017 DISPATCH

Lethargic, skinny, young sea lion on north end of Roads End mile.  Submitted Marine Mammal Report.

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309 cadonofrio 12/20/2017

Beautiful winter day; few shore birds and notable "sea foam" at the south end of the mile.

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175 Kit Kirk 12/18/2017

Llive gulls and sandpipers.  Signs of dead/molted crabs.  I was happy to find almost NO garbage on the beach.  The beach looked great!

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99 [email protected] 12/18/2017

It was a lovely and very quiet day. Few people on beach, surprisingly. Within 5 minutes walk south of entrance onto beach, I had already collected half a bucket full of small plastics and small piece of fishing rope. Saw no wildlife.

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190 oldMGguy 12/17/2017

I have been a volunteer naturalist ranger, trail crew, trash-picker-upper at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area since 2008.  I have never seen wave-tossed driftwood logs launched so high into the creek-side underbrush salal before.  Some of the logs are 6-8 feet above the regular winter driftwood log collection at the creek mouth.  One large log, approximately 7 feet x 4 feet x 3 feet, must weigh close to a small car and it was tossed well up into mature salal underbrush that has never been impacted by winter tides or storm waves before. Photos attached.

You can observe the driftwood logs on the Cape Cove Trail (Cape Perpetua Scenic Area) as it crosses over the concrete drainage tunnel for Cape Creek as it flows under Hwy 101.  Winter storms usually re-arrange the driftwood pile every winter, piling them up next to the culvert, then the next high tide/winter storm pulls them back to the beach area.  I've never seen beach logs tossed so high into the underbrush before!

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269 solosteph 12/15/2017

Overall condition of beach is very good.  Land slide slowly in process due to water flow from mountainside.  Cape Lookout South trail crosses creek, land slide not close to trail but should continue to monitor.

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289 ollikainen 12/11/2017

We took advantage of nice weather a week prior to the soltice for this survey.  The beach had a lot of debris,  mostly the result of an early flood event in Tillamook Bay.  Sand continues to grow at the base of the jetty, and the jetty itself is being destroyed (retreating in length).  The problem with the jetty is dangerous for maritime traffic and can cause erosion south of Mile 289 further down the spit.

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237 Walden 12/11/2017

It was a sunny wind-free hour on the beach. No people or dogs. No debris.  A couple of exposed gravel beds with some nice-sized agates.

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198 bahngarten 12/10/2017

Clear balmy 57' winter day. 1person 1 dog walking on beach.  Clean beach.  Notable were some drifts of cellophane tube worm( Spiochaetopterus costarum), mod. amount finger sized firm clear 4" unidentified sea creatures. ! carcass of western gull, recently predated. Most interesting were about 12-2"X4" clear flat rectangular leathery bodied sea creatures. Thickened rounded area and darker at one end ( almost chiton-like, without any bony plates.) Could not ascertain a head, spinal chord, GI tract. Clearly not a jelly fish. Not in any of my books.  Pictures sent to Fawn Custer for help with ID.  

identified as a salp

 

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307 Bald Eagle 12/10/2017

A beautiful sunny day on mile 307.  No wind, a clean beach with a few shells.  Six people were walking on the beach.  A bald eagle flew along the beach in the morning.

There was a new rock slide on one of the high banks on mile 307.  The rock slide contained about 10 cubic yards.

 

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239 ORbeach 12/09/2017

A calm, warm, dry December day.  Low tide.  Almost no trash on the beach - we only picked up a few small items.  The harbor seal colony was in their usual location at the tip of the Salishan Spit, estimated count 150.  Noted a few pyrosomes in the seaweed at the beach wrack line.  No particular winter erosion.

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16 wild1234 12/09/2017

Not a lot of garbage on the the Natural trail, but the Arch Rock trail did have quite a few plastic bottles and pop cans.

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314 cheeseguy 12/09/2017

Beautiful Dec. morning on the beach. Very low counts for both humans and vehicles. Beach was generally free from human trash. No dead birds noted. There had been a lot of pyrosomes about two weeks earlier but no sign today. 2 New sand drift fences at Breaker's Pt. Condos and Ecola Creek. Shown in pictures labeled drift fence 1 and 2.

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186 dbpcar 12/07/2017

This was our first trip to this area. Parking areas were clean, beach has a lot of rocks (tennis ball to bowling ball size) just north of Tenmile Creek.  Beautiful sunny, warm and virtually windless day on the Oregon coast.  Approximately three dozen seagulls plus one unidentified bird on beach at the mouth of Tenmile creek. Did not see any dead, trapped or injured birds, fish or animals.

We saw a total of eight people and four dogs on the beach.  There were two men that parked in lot 86 that were going to go fishing on the beach until they saw the no fishing sign. A combined total of six vehicles were seen in parking lots 85 and 86. 

Observed a very large amount of debris concentrated in the driftline for approximately 300’ (see pic).  This debris consisted primarily of small pieces of plastic less than ½”.  The debris was concentrated in this area although small pieces were found scattered throughout the mile.  Did not see any identifying marks on any of the debris.

There were steps in multiple areas that were in place coming down from the bluffs to the beach. 

Multiple small waterfalls were observed coming out of the bluffs. At the north end of the beach where we found the largest waterfall we found a rubber vehicle tire sitting over the top of a rock (see pic).

Beach access by Sign #85 on the north side of Tenmile creek is through a "Hobbit" hole in vegetation (see pic). Very hard to get through this access as the opening is too small to walk thru standing up or walking straight. 

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23 Bob Harvey 12/07/2017

Pyrosomes... In the 10 years I have monitored this beach I have never seen these before.    

Summer sand deposits are mostly intact,  few steep dune faces

Myers Creek is flowing strongly and directly into the ocean 

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313 HaystackRock 12/06/2017

Issues with visitors climbing the Rock after USFW "Do not Enter" sign blew down. USFW notified and working on replacing sign. There are still multiple signs posted on the Rock informing visitors not to climb and that it is a Refuge. Last week a seal pup was spotted at the Rock. Notified Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Seal left after a few days. Just south of mile 313, at Hug Point, a large boat washed in from Japan with possible invasive species attached. OSU professors notified and collected samples and OPRD was on the scene. King Tides haven't been as dramatic this year, but photos were taken along mile 313. 

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218 dderickson 12/05/2017

What a beautiful, mild, sunny December afternoon! The dunes are flattening out, and piles of bull kelp dot the beach. I was surprised not to see any pyrosomes, which have been making the news lately by their unusual appearance on the northwest coast. I have seen them on Agate beach previously, as well as other beaches, but today they were absent, and it looked like the high King tide had cleared the beach of most of the wrack. As expected, many people were out enjoying what my husband used to call a "bonus" day. I stayed to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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220 DKPowell 12/05/2017

Two things of note.

I have included several photos of the lead up to King Tide. The pictures at my usual entrance (path down from 57th and Meander) are roughly 50 feet back from where I normally enter the beach. I have also included pictures of the plastic pellets--I don't normally find them in the driftline.

The sea lion carcass noted by Hillsideshack on November 27 was already report by me to Jim Rice at Marine Mammal on November 23. Today there was no sign of the carcass.

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211 Chad101 12/05/2017

There is still a minor amount of standing water on portions of the beach.  Also, it appears the level of the beach is dropping enough for a few small rocky areas to be emerging from under the sand (44.568638N, 124.070851W).  Not much washed up in high tide line except for usual shells, small rocks etc.  No dead birds that I saw.  Very few people on beach, but it was a Tuesday afternoon in December.

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290 Foxglove290 12/05/2017

I am also volunteer with Solve and their adopt a mile program.  Myself and 3 others collected over 50 pounds of trash.

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188 casparboy 12/05/2017

Awesome surf during this very high tide!

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287 C Nelson 12/05/2017

Lovely winter day for observing the last day of the December King Tides. Sunny, soft offshore breeze from the northeast, calm ocean. When the high tide was at its peak, waves covered the entire beach and reached the base of the foredune all along the mile, but did not overtop the foredune at any location. There were only 6 people walking on the mile during the 3 hours we visited, which is the fewest number we've observed in some time. Given recent reports of large numbers of pyrosomes being observed on the beaches in this area, we were surprised to see relatively few of them; those that we saw were very small, ranging from 1-3 inches in length. While we have observed dead seals on the beach during previous visits, this was the first time we've seen a carcass that was obviously an immature piniped. Of note, a private landowner has listed a 50 + acre Bayocean property for sale; property is located in the center of mile 287 and stretches west to east from the ocean to (and including) Tillamook bay.

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180 billmaxmcw 12/05/2017

2 bags of mostly ocean-based debris; hundreds of water bottle caps.  Interesting objects (see photos).  Tubeworm tubes?  Whatisit?

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262 Volunteer Coordinator 12/04/2017 DISPATCH

At high tide, there was no beach in sections. The other photo is taken on my way back of that same stretch of beach but looking north instead of south. On the way, I had to scramble up the bank to avoid the waves. You can see from the second photo that the waves left foam up to the base of the dune.

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129 mzlizee 12/04/2017

Lovely calm day at the beach.  King Tide unimpressive (see photo).Total of 6 beach walkers with 5 dogs on the beach.  One birdwatcher.

Driftline was mostly clear of debris.  Some small pieces of white plastic and styrofoam.  No dead critters.

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8 DewPoint Dave 12/04/2017

King Tide (8.6 ft.) at 11:13 am kept most of the people in their cars at Harris Beach State Park.

Note: Photo has been submitted to the 'King Tide Project."

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310 newton 12/02/2017

Most people were looking at the boat that washed ashore, dogs nearby.  The boat has been cleared by USCG and John Chapman from OSU to not be a threat to our local environment.  One truck load of debris that had broken off the boat was collected, the entire vessel will be removed by a contractor. 

No marine mammals or birds present on the beach during this visit. 

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301 beachmike 12/01/2017

Expected seasonal detritus and velella.  Otherwise, beach very clean.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/01/2017

High tides are now reaching all the way to the bluff in most places. All driftwood shelters have been knocked down by waves.  Found 15 pieces of large manmade debris over a meter in size, mostly wood and rope. Also there is a big increase in small plastic debris scattered at the wrack line and above. Saw 7 people and one dog.

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169 oceanwalker842 11/29/2017

Another beautiful winter day at the beach. Very little wind plus a lot of sunshine. Once again, very little human activity. Scattering of sanderings..perhaps in the 100 range. Just six gulls. More than usual jellyfish in the 9-10 inch diameter range washed ashore plus more kelp. Most noticeable was the multitude of pyrosomes. See photo.

 

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293 stu and barb 11/29/2017

Just a handful of people (15) but lot’s of driftwood and small wood pieces, along with a generous smattering of pyrosomes that had drifted in from warmer seas.  Saw a few seagulls making a meal of those sea pickles.  On this calm overcast morning a few hours after high tide, we picked up 1 1/2 bags of mostly ocean driven debris...plastic rope segments,styrofoam, bottle caps and other plastic pieces.  Also found a number of children’s beach toys...buckets.shovels, screens, etc.  Adults need to do a better job.  Lots of sea foam today, and it looked a lot like icebergs.  Also dozens of sanderlings were having their usual good time dodging the waves.

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200 bluemoonjoanie 11/29/2017

There was an extremly high tide this morning with several sneaker waves. The normal shore line was missing today; welcome to the winter coast in Oregon! Several pyrosome creatures were found on this mile. I believe the shore birds that I observed were snowy plovers!  Was not able to get a photo. Mile 200 was very clean today, with very little plastic/sterofoam debris.  

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214 PCTronquet 11/29/2017

November 29th was glorious weather at sunrise, and the birdlife abundant in Mile 214, Sanderling, Dunlin, and Snowy Plover.  The high tide line was littered with tunicates.  Large and small piles of kelp scattered the beach and provided good cover for the snowy plover.  We also saw 5 dead and difficult to identify birds, we think were Cassin's Auklets.  We were two of a total of four people on the beach from 8-10am.

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256 jeanrcameron 11/27/2017 View full report 1
220 Hillsideshack 11/27/2017

A sweet day on Mile 220. 8 people and 4 dogs. First time I had seen the single wheeled skateboard used on the beach! The loss of land continues as the solid bluffs fall to the beach, more exposed cement and plastic drain pipes noticed. Lots of vegetation/bushes/trees falling down. Not much trash today which was nice. No dead birds and one rather decomposed sea lion.

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323 Volunteer Coordinator 11/26/2017 DISPATCH

 

Tiffany from Seaside Aquarium spotted quite a few of these deformed velella recently on the beach. definitely more than one....

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279 [email protected] 11/24/2017 DISPATCH

Large number of pyrosomes of all sizes on beach entrance just north of Netarts Bay boat basin. 

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212 PhilBSB 11/24/2017

Nice late fall day and several goups enjoying the beach.  Lots of bull kelp and interesting organisms on the beach.  Some sort of egg sacks possibly.  A few birds but a fair number of people and high tide so not a lot of room for them.

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171 oldMGguy 11/22/2017

Unusually balmy afternoon on Heceta Beach today!  The SE breeze was blowing the surf mist back off-shore so distant headlands stood out in sharp relief for a change.  Lots of eel grass (Zostera marina) and occasional bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) in the wrack line today, along with smashed bits of Pacific sea nettle jelly (Chrysaora fusecescens), hundreds of 2-4 " pyrosomes (Pyrosoma atlanticum), and a gazillion 1" long white-ish tubes from the cellophane tube worm (Spiochaetopterus oculatis).

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197 mudslide 11/18/2017

A calm, mild late afternoon on a beach largely clear of debris. There were large tangles of bull kelp in the driftline. About 30 people, including 8 or so children, were enjoying the beach. There were maybe 5 dogs. South of the riprap at the campground, the big chunks of bluff that came down last winter are still being washed away; so far, no major new pieces have fallen. The bluff continues to look much taller than it did before last winter, when the storms took so much sand off the beach. I'm estimating it's 15 feet high.

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244 Victoria 11/18/2017

It was a nice weekend on the beach. The most noticeable change from my last post was the way the beach has changed due to the runoff from pipes on top of the bluffs creating channels on the shore. My favorite find was a tiny angel, 1" long, on the beach which I deem my favorite photo of the weekend.

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220 DKPowell 11/17/2017

I could not get to the Yaquina cliff--the tide was higher than low tide (which was at 5AM), there was extra wave height. The beach is losing its sand--which also prevented my making Yaquina cliff, would have tried to walk cobblestone access but wasn't sure I could even get to previous camera placement for photos showing "keyhole" and other erosion.

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182 mj6dolphin 11/16/2017 DISPATCH

A pleasant day at the mile with people collecting trash. One woman collected a rock.Two hundred gulls.Pyrosomes and a jelly fish were on the shore line.

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45 humbug45 11/14/2017

Some erosion near large drainage pipe from highway.

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299 cpendergrass 11/13/2017

Blustery weather today contributed to low numbers of people and dogs...just 7 people and 3 dogs. Only kelp and algae were noticed in the driftline. Blowing sand obscured anything that might have been on the beach...a single dead bird, a northern fulmar was seen. Northern fulmars spend their lives at sea and have developed an interesting way of ridding their bodies of excess salt. They have a special gland in their kidneys that concentrates the salt into a liquid that drips out the external nostril on top of their bill. It is common for dead fulmars to begin to wash ashore in the fall with the onset of stormy conditions at sea.

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14 artist 11/11/2017

Everything on the trail, dunes and cliffs was normal. Beach is unaccessible on this mile.

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240 BJKauai 11/11/2017

We did our survey the weekend following King Tide. It was very cloudy, and it rained periodically. A lot of wood debris along the beach, various sizes, and noted throughout the mile until D River. There were a few people collecting driftwood. Others were sifting through the rocks. And many people noted just walking/running on the beach. There were no concerns observed regarding disturbance to wildlife. There was a large crate among the driftwood. But other than the driftwood, there also wasn't much marine debris noted along the beach.

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192 [email protected] 11/10/2017

I can't get down to the water on much of my mile but I will try as soon as I get a dry day.  Most of these observations are from cliffs above the water.  Suprised by how much large wood and tree roots have washed up.  Some buoys as well.  The tides have been really high with a lot of surge.  The Cleft of the Rock gull colony in front of my house was almost completely underwater two days ago, which I have never seen before.  See pictures showing the difference one day makes! The surges are also bringing water within inches of the grassy part of my embankment, which is also something I have not seen before (its been worse for the two days following King Tides).  Not many people out and about today due to the weather so not much activity to report.  

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216 Ranger Bug 11/09/2017 DISPATCH

While eating lunch at Georgie's Beachside Grill above Nye Beach, I noticed an excavator driving on the beach by the Vietnam Memorial Walk. On further investigation, I found a strip of the cliff beneath the Elizabeth Street Inn (232 SW Elizabeth St. in Newport) bare of vegetation with another excavator at its base. I don't know whether the bank gave way and the excavator was cleaning up the mess (I'd think they'd leave that to the tides) or some kind of construction is under way. (See attached photos.) I don't know whether the small rocks on the exposed slope were remnants of the slide, or were put there by the excavator to shore it up.

I followed up on this today (11/13/2017). The hillside has been reinforced with rocks at its base, so I presume that the hillside gave way, not that the Inn is carrying out a building project. I talked to a clerk at the Inn who said that the subsidence happened recently, but he wasn't sure exactly when. He said that management was "bringing stuff in" to stabilize the bank, but he didn't know any specifics. I checked the OPRD website for pending and issued Ocean Shores permits (http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/oceanshores.aspx#Pending_and_Issu...) today. So far, nothing is listed for this property.

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339 edjoyce 11/09/2017

Very usual.  See photos.

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23 Bob Harvey 11/07/2017

Pyrosomes... In the 10 years I have monitored this beach I have never seen these before.    

Summer sand deposits are mostly intact,  few steep dune faces

Myers Creek is flowing strongly and directly into the ocean 

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198 bahngarten 11/05/2017

Breezy, 48 degree, rainy morning with heavy offshore dark clouds abbreviating our walk, due to earlier thunder and lightning. Beachside campground closed. Beach clean, 2 western gulls at tideline. Small amounts shells, pebbles and occasional bull kelp strands. Sea is rough with whitecaps present.

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129 mzlizee 11/04/2017 View full report 1
253 neskowinwatcher 11/04/2017

Rainy day.  We walked the beach to the north only for 200 yards as the Nov 2017 King Tide was on the rise.  We stayed through high tide.  The waves  were lapping at the botton of the rip rap.

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229 njwhite 11/04/2017 DISPATCH

Pictures were taken from a central point along mile 229 looking to the north and south

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145 RebeccaMC 10/30/2017 DISPATCH

Quiet day at the beach. Few people and one dead sea lion.

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263 emrae2887 10/29/2017 View full report 0
238 njwhite 10/29/2017

A recent storm pushed some large tree stumps and logs up to the beach. There was an abundance of European sea grass along the driftline. Some American Searocket and Seabeach Sandwort near the bluffs. We picked up about 15 pounds of trash. There was a very heavy piece of painted wood that washed up that we could not carry to the car. Overall a quiet morning. We were glad to not see any stranded or dead sea lions on this trip. The two forts observed from the last mile walk in August were immersed in sand from a recent storm. Took pictures from the north and south end of mile 238 at a high tide of 6.7 to compare with the king tide in December. 

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185 Lfleming 10/27/2017

A lovely sunny day without much wind.  We watched a gull take a mussel shell, fly in a big circle, gaining altitude till the bird was over the rocks.  Then it hovered, dropping the shell onto the cobbles to break it.  It was fairly succcessful about half the time.  The scoters floated in the surf, diving under the waves as they broke.  We assumed they were feeding there.  Several big tree trunks pushed up near the bluff by the storms.  The tide was too high to see the seals that are usually on the rocks.

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171 oldMGguy 10/26/2017

Almost a complete absense of the heavy green/brownish algae that's been washing ashore the past several weeks.  Still a gazillion of 1/4" "Cat's Eye"comb jellies (Pleurobrachia bachei) in the wrack line along the entire mile.  Two skate egg casings (Mermaid's purses) were washed up on the beach (photo).  What's new this week is the thin 1/2-1" long "cellophane" tube worm feeding tubes (?) washing up in long clusters of fiber-like material (photo).  This was the subject of a biologist's report last year in response to coast-watcher reports.

Hailing all marine worm experts - Do these guys lose their feeding tubes on a regular basis and grow new ones, or is it the result of a seasonal mass die-off and the washed-uptubes are the remains??  There must be gazillions of them out there to generate so much debris on the beach!

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337 jtravers 10/26/2017

There were nine people and one dog on this mile.  Most were walking or sitting.  

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307 Frankie 10/25/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
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243 Volunteer Coordinator 10/23/2017 DISPATCH

Guided walk to document changes occuring after a storm surge. The previous week included strong waves, high surf, and over 3 inches of downpouring rain.

 

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326 Volunteer Coordinator 10/21/2017

Paper Report submitted by John and Deanna.

Scattered showers with sun breaks in the clouds.  20 people on the beach, 4 in the two cars.  8 dogs.  No wildlife concerns.  Beach erosion due to rough surf. 

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238 Volunteer Coordinator 10/20/2017 DISPATCH

While riding on the southern end of Salishan Beach Sean Lee spotted a sea turtle.  He called his wife Adrianna, who called a friend who happened to be a CoastWatcher.  Katharine gave her Fawn's number.  Jim Rice was contacted. He was able to get there and with Sean and Adrianna's help get the sea turtle off the beach and on its way to the Seattle Aquarium.  Stay Tuned!  A big thank you to Sean and Adrianna for their quick thinking!

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290 Foxglove290 10/20/2017

This is not a full report......notes and photos from a walk on my mile.

 

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245 TerryH 10/16/2017

Of note were the numerous sea gooseberries dotting the drift line, along the entire beach......see photo

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262 Linda Fink 10/16/2017

A beautiful, sunny, windless day just after high tide. More dead birds in the driftline than I have seen here before. All the signs are gone that had indicated the vehicle-prohibited areas, presumably because the dune (north side) where the signs had been has been cut back farther than ever before. Car tracks clear to the end of the beach at the base of the Cape Kiwanda cliff and even some partway up the dune.

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244 rainydaywalker 10/16/2017

Usually, we have about 50 people and 3 to 5 dogs this time of year.  As it was October and a weekday, that we surpassed 100 people was a surprise.  We usually see aditional birdlife, and crows instead of ravens.

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222 KathyLJ 10/15/2017 DISPATCH

While walking along mile 222 on my way to 221, I found a dead sea lion near the high tide line just north of the Moolack Beach parking area.

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338 Randy and Beth 10/15/2017

A very clean beach mile and a warm day and low tide brought out families to dig clams.

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221 KathyLJ 10/15/2017

38 is a large number of people on this section of beach for any time of year but it was a sunny, windless day so it was perfect for beach walking.  Most of the people were at the south end of the mile. Usually, there are more people at the northern end by the Moolack Shores Inn and Moolack Beach parking areas. Lots of bull whip kelp, sea palm and what I think is eelgrass on the beach. There were not as many gulls as I usually see here but that may be because of the large number of dogs. Although some of the dogs were off leash, I did not note them disturbing the few gulls that were in the surf. 

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228 DWhite 10/15/2017

Both Whale Cove and Rocky Creek were in good shape and quite free of debris. The colony of 150+ seals were visible on the rocks at the southeast end of Whale Cove (see photo). Two whales were present in Whale Cove "sharking" (grazing on their side in a relatively shallow area so that one half of their tail is above water). Minor cliff erosion was present in Whale Cove (new since last report). Six people and two dogs were present at Rocky Creek.

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239 ORbeach 10/15/2017

Very pleasant day.  Picked up a small amount of trash.  Relayed our concerns about the dead sea lions to the ranger but he indicated he may not take any action since it is very expensive to get a large piece of machinery out onto the beach to bury the animal ... and then wave action may expose it again.

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253 neskowinwatcher 10/14/2017

It was a warm sunny day with a light 5 mph NW breeze and a 2.45 low tide @ 3:15pm.

Approximately 70 people and 10 dogs  were enjoying the beach. They were beach combing, flying kites and having a good time.

Shoreline wildlife was un remarkable with the usual driftline creatures but nothing noteworthy.

This was our 2nd trip to mile 253 but our first as official coastwatchers.  We took several reference photos that we will use for reference  when we return for the November King Tides. 

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274 rogans 10/14/2017

It was a brisk but cloudless day. People were on the beach enjoying what might be the last good beach day of the season.

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242 Bluewater 10/14/2017 View full report 4
295 Nedonnaman 10/12/2017 View full report 0
245 TerryH 10/05/2017 DISPATCH

Dead sea lion, north end of Roads End mile, submitted Marine Mammal Report with photos.

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173 Ariana172 10/05/2017

Hundreds of resting gulls, 8 humans 12 dogs-

No humans encountered beyond the north of the creek mouth.  One set human and 1 set dog prints entering from the north.  The beach was deserted.  Sand barren.  Very few shells N of Sutton Creek.  2 Separate incidences noted... dog owners and/or humans disturbing the resting and feeding gulls at the shoreline, south of the creek.  Yellow nylon rope protruding from the sand at the dunes.  Human shoeprints surrounding it.  Unless this is a remnant from plover nexting enclosure, no other signs of enclosure visible.  Large remnants of wooden pallets and other wood on dunes.  Photos will be included.

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340 edjoyce 10/05/2017

No pictures of dead crabs at shoreline.

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271 yakinsea 10/04/2017

This report covers the entire cape, since it can only be done by boat, and the other miles are not currently being covered.

What a beautiful day!  What a beautiful area!  Just got back from the last stretch of my retirement project to paddle the entire west coast of the US mainland.  We made the Mexican border after starting from Port Hardy BC, Canada five years ago.  Cape Lookout remains one of my favorite places to paddle, truely a gem. It looked really good on this day, warm, sunny, and calm, with clear water and far less plastic on the couple places that it can collect.

The sea stars are back.  The diversity of wildlife looked good, with two notable exceptions that may be due to the time of year.  I saw no sea lions, they may have mostly headed south by now.  I saw very few common murres, they may be off somewhere, as well.  I saw a grey whale that surprised me by surfacing perhaps 20 yards from me near the cliffs.  I saw my first local skate; it was gliding directly under me about 10 to 15 ft down, mostly holding its position in the current next to the south side cliff.  Swarms of minnows ( I know schools, but they looked like swarms of bugs that happened to be under water.) could be seen in the calm water again near the cliffs along the south side.I went into seven sea caves.  Few people know that there are some really large or deep caves here.  Some of the largest north side caves have a red/pink biological coating on the walls. I landed on the beach just south of the cape and saw river otter tracks.  I once saw two river otters swimming among the bull kelp just off of the cliffs, again south side.

 

 

 

 

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308 John Markham 10/04/2017

Another pleasant warm fall day on the beach.

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256 Katharine Harding 10/03/2017 View full report 1
198 bahngarten 10/01/2017

Warm, balmy, partly- cloudy afternoon. 15 people, 11 dogs enjoying beach, sitting or walking. Notable all along the tideline were many thumbnail sized clear jellyfish, large amounts of mole crab parts, and some still alive and laying eggs in the sand., general movement of many first year gulls was northward.  2 decomposed birds, 1 a pelagic cormorant, 1 a common murre. A small amount of 4-5" crab molt along beach, along with many small pebbles and some kelp. Beach was absolutely clean!

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129 mzlizee 09/29/2017

A great deal of bullwhip kelp on beach - see photo

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218 dderickson 09/28/2017

Beach was really clean: I saw almost no trash or plastic. The Great blue heron, and Great egret were present along the creek. Dunes are still high; more grass tussocks in the dunes just west of the creek. There is a new sturdy boardwalk crossing to the beach from the Wayside parking area.

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