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308 John Markham 03/01/2018

Pleasant late-winter day on the beach between showers.

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340 edjoyce 02/28/2018

Dead harbor seal (see photo)

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171 oldMGguy 02/27/2018

More dead critters on Heceta Beach.  The previously reported recently deceased sea lion yearling was nowhere to be found on Mile 171 today, but I found another mangled sea lion corpse up in the high beach log pile about a 1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Looks like a shark bit off the head, plus a lot of scavenger damage.  This one has been deceased for several weeks. Two very happy turkey vultures were hanging out nearby.

Several "Sea Nettle" jellies observed along the mile.  The high tide line of the north section of Mile 171 is heavily coated with 1" long fiberous cellophane tube worm feeding tubes/feelers/tongues (?).

The Army Corps of Engineers has sent out a crew to paint over the offensive spray-paint graffitti on the Siuslaw River North Jetty vehicle barrier rocks.  They did a nice job of matching the natural rock colors - thanks, guys!

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171 oldMGguy 02/24/2018

Lots of dead things on heceta Beach today.  The north half of Mile 171 had a major stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) with individuals up to 4-5 inches long - easily the biggest specimens washed ashore in several years (photo).  There were also scattered bits and pieces of Moon jellies and Sea Nettle jellies along the mile.

A deceased yearling Steller sea lion had just washed ashore (photos) halfway between the North Jetty and the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Appears to have died just an hour or two before discovery as the scavangers had not touched it yet.  About 5 feet long, no obvious signs of trauma (sharks or bullets), no tags or tattoos.  Appears to have been well fed with normal body fat.

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254 Jennifer1 02/24/2018

I still need to compare to last years photos but section north of .7 miles appears to have more erosion (photos included) from our last report. beach edge is cliff-like with shear face and drop-off from grass dune area above. visible roots and old logs within the cliff face. 

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293 stu and barb 02/23/2018

Way more people than expected on this cold and windy day.  The usual shells & small rocks decorated the sand and a handful of seagulls braved the elements.  Not a lot of beach junk but more plastic rope and styrofoam than average...most found near the R.B. Wayside area.  High seas over the past few weeks have taken away some of the dune build up that covered the almost 20 year old rip rap...hopefully the sand will return as it did before.  Some banks south of the Wayside and near St Mary By The Sea Church have experienced substantial erosion, with up to 6’ drop off.

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54 rtempesta 02/23/2018

Wind started out from the SW, then rotated up to the NW. Also, there were 15 or so sheep feeding on the bluffs and cliffs. Quite a bit of erosion on the bluffs close to the Elk River. A large hole has appeared in the clog face, about 20’ up—some water was running from it. Surf was from the W, 1-2 ft. Sets 3 ft.

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185 Lfleming 02/17/2018 DISPATCH

Cement buffer destroyed by the ocean in 2018

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220 DKPowell 02/14/2018

A nice beach walk. Good weather (50F, calm breeze, mostly sunny) added to neutral tide (0.0ft. at 5:50PM) plus more sand this winter than usual on the beach.

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262 Linda Fink 02/13/2018

Very clean, flat beach abruptly ends at vegetated hillside. North side of dune gently sloped enough for 1/3rd of the way up for vehicles to have gone up that far, judging from the tracks in the sand. Lots of little rocks on beach at north end. Lots of big rocks at south end, base of Cape. Access road at McPhillips Park is deeply eroded but trucks still driving it.

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296 Coopersmith 02/13/2018

Gorgeous day: low temperature brought out only the hardiest, well-wrapped walkers. Beach looks good. As usual in winter, high waves and loads of driftwood.

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245 lvoelker 02/11/2018

Clean, beautiful but bitterly cold the recent storms have cleaned the erosion at the base of the cliffs and deposited sand.

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310 newton 02/07/2018

Few people walking on the beach, dogs present, few gulls and beautiful weather.  

Stairs that washed away with the storms a few weeks ago were replaced, no other modifications. 

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185 Lfleming 02/07/2018

A sunny day so there were lots of people enjoying the beach.  There was one section of debris and tree trunks up against the bluff, probably from the king tide.   The rocks in the water most likely keep most of the from landing on the beach.  The tideline was pretty clean with only small colorful plastic pieces and woody bits.  The beach was mostly cobbles with the sand gone for now.  We saw 5 orange seastars out in the water.  The Yellow-rumped Warbler was a new bird for the mile.

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161 dpavlis 02/06/2018

It was a beautiful winter day, with sun and gentle breezes from the northwest. 46 degrees when we arrived and an empty beach for the first hour. People began arriving around 11:00. It was 59 degrees when we left shortly after Noon with visitors enjoying the day beachcombing and dog-walking, among a few other activities as noted in the report.  

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274 rogans 02/05/2018

Today was my first visit with a camera since the January storms. Most of the mile is part of Cape Lookout State Park. There has been considerable damage to parts of the park itself. The spit has been seriously eroded in places. Wave overtopped the spit north of the campground for about a 300 yard stretch as well as parts of the campground itself. Sections of the picnic area  were also damaged by waves. The south section of the mile cannot be accessed, even at low tide, due to beach erosion. Photos of the damage and erosion are attached.

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198 bahngarten 02/04/2018

Quiet foggy morning, slight breeze from NW. Few crows, 1 mature bald eagle  flying S,carrying twig. 5 people, 2 dogs walking.Tideline contents: pebbles, clam and sand dollar pieces, very few small  pieces of plastic removed.  Campground host notified of 1  wet crab bait waxed cardboard box, too heavy  to to carry. It will be removed.  

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237 Walden 02/03/2018

The attached photo was taken to show the change that has taken place to shoreline erosion. At this time of year, the shoreline is fairly smooth with a small hump near the water with a gentle slope toward the land. The photo shows that the ocean has carved out the sand almost up to the bluff.  The location of this photo is just north of beach access marker 50B.

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225 driscolke 01/30/2018

Exceptional low tide for this time of year. COASST survey and Marine Debris conducted.  This was an unusual winter day for tide pooling >23 flora/fauna identified along with COASST dead bird Cassin's Auklet along with live birds and seals. Thirteen people on the beach.

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287 C Nelson 01/30/2018

A lovely winter day at the beach. The most notable physical changes since my last visit in December were the foredune erosion and deposition of large quantities of driftwood high on the beach, as well as on top of and behind the foredune - evidence of the size and strength of the high waves in last week's storms.

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101 Mike Mueller 01/29/2018

Observed normal high and low tide movement of sand and exposure of rocky areas.

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208 Batthecat 01/28/2018

First beach visit after the major storm surges.  No dead animals.  Documented movement of the Giant stump, 2014 to the present.  This last storm broke it apart (deep crack up the middle) and moved it another .25 mile, almost to Ona Beach entrance.  Beach was scrubbed off.

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187 Baller Leigh Anne 01/28/2018

Beautiful day on the beach. Lots of families respectfully exploring the rocks and tidepools. One woman wearing far too much patchouli. I could smell her long before I could see her. There was far less garbage on the beach then I had expected to see, especially for how many people where on the beach, which is always a pleasant surprise.

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213 PaulJulia 01/28/2018

Lots of activity on the mile this time with people with dogs, people riding on horses, a cyclist, and 5 helicopters.  It was very mild with some sun.  Storm evidence more apparent in the area south of Henderson Creek.  4 dead birds which may be gulls.  Awaiting confirmation before posting their photos.

   Updated on 2/16/18:  Fawn Custer has identified the 4 beached birds as being Northern Fulmars - 2 in light morphology, the other 2 in dark morphology.  COASST will be notified of these findings.

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340 edjoyce 01/27/2018

Nothing special.

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199 seagazer 01/24/2018 DISPATCH

This dispatch is following up on a rip-rap project going on at the second house north of Little Creek/Big Stump Beach. Dump trucks are continuing to bring large rock to the site and the track hoe is setting what I understand to be backing rock. The track hoe also appears to be trenching at the base of the embankment where the larger boulders will be a starter course and then more boulders set on top of each row to eventually make a robust and protective rock wall. 

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306 Frankie 01/23/2018 DISPATCH

At 1:30am, our NOAA radio announced a tsunami watch for the Oregon coast, predicting a possible tsunami at 5:10am in our area. We immediately started packing up necessities for an extended stay away from our house (which is 43 ft above sea level thus definitely in the inundation zone.) What we want to highlight is this: there are 6 houses near ours, all within the inundation zone. None of them turned on lights, meaning that they did not know about the potential tsunami. If the "tsunami watch" had changed to "tsunami warning", hopefully they would receive automated emergency calls, however they would not have as much time to respond as we did. We were dismayed that so few people had NOAA radios, an inexpensive lifesaving communication method. Several of these houses are short-term rentals; those visitors would be disadvantaged in a real emergency. At 4:45am, the all-clear sounded. We went back to bed. 

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199 seagazer 01/22/2018

This report is primarily an addendum to the report I filed for January 20th (and before) where a rip-rap project has resumed after it was previously halted by strong storm/extremely high and rough surf.

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Edit - January 23, 2018 - Starting with image #6, these are added to this report rather than in a new report because they are the continuation of the operation to repair the rip-rap armoring. No other inspection was made of mile 199 due to stormy conditions. The plan was to get pictures of the track hoe setting the rock in place and doing the 'finishing touches' but the weather was not conducive to getting the additional pictures.

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171 oldMGguy 01/20/2018

The recent high-energy storm waves washed a lot of the high beach sand away, exposing long-buried driftwood logs and stumps, along with re-arranging the larger driftwood logs all along Mile 171.  At the beach access trail just to the south of the Driftwood Shores Resort, high tides/big waves have blown huge logs on to the access trail, making beach access/egress challanging (photos).

Numerous reddish Pacific Sea Nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) and common clear Moon (Aurelia labiata) jellies are washed up on the northern half of Mile 171.

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199 seagazer 01/20/2018

The following images identify activities of contractor activity accessing the beach and preparing for a permitted rip-rap project to the north. Also, changes to a septic system repair(?) with changes in the bank. Finally, images that show some of the changes that took place from the extreme wave action against the bank/foredune and beach debris changes like logs that have moved.

They go along with the previous text of this report. Some are from months/years past so that comparisons can be made. Dates of the previous images will be provided.

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240 midnite5484 01/19/2018

A high water event occurred on Jan. 18, 2018. Waves came up the the bottom of the steps at beach access #48 and deposited new sand a few steps up. Water entered the parking lot (up the ramp) at Canyon Drive City Park (#46), and the Inn at Spanish Head had sand deposited on its lower level wrap-around porch and had to board up all its lower windows. Mo's Clam Chowder house was flooded inside, along the Siletz River (and was closed for weeks afterwards).

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228 DWhite 01/18/2018 DISPATCH

Although not king tide level, high waves at high tide on Jan 18, 2018 reached all the way into the inner reaches of Whale Cove's sandy cliffs. The beach is normally exposed at high tides (king tide excepted). High waves picked up large driftwood logs hurling them against the ladder to the beach breaking one of the rails.  The ladder has been used by local residents for access to the public (State) beach. 

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245 TerryH 01/16/2018

Quiet day, beach was quite clean, no sea pickles (pyrosomes), numerous bits of jelly or sea gooseberries, and an old black tire.  Got an email off to the park ranger about the tire.  Seems to be the same tire that's been around for years.

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171 oldMGguy 01/15/2018

Large flocks of Sanderlings busy feeding in the surf wash along the entire mile this morning.  Surf Scoter ducks and harbor seals out in the near-shore surf.  Big waves and high tide were setting up frequent "sneaker waves", necessitating the occasional dash to the high beach to avoid getting wet.  Lots of huge and small driftwood logs and woody debris were rolling in the surf zone.  The extensive summertime accumulation of driftwood logs and stumps at the "lagoon" next to the north jetty structure have been mostly washed away.

The Portland regional office of the Army Corps of Engineers have said they will have a work detail out to the jetty "within 3-4 weeks" to remove the spray-painted graffitti on the jetty vehicle barrier rocks.

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195 WetWabbit 01/14/2018

It was a rare warm, dry day with numerous beach walkers. Nothing unusual was sighted. I just enjoyed the beautiful surf and a walk with Westly.

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299 cpendergrass 01/14/2018

Martin Luther King holiday weekend...mild weather. Breezy enough for kite flying. 14 people, 1 dog, 1 dead Northern Fulmar, 1 dead seal, algae at the driftline.

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242 Bluewater 01/14/2018

It was very noticable since I surveyed in october that the "D" river was flowing straight into the ocean. In October it was crooked and channel like from the sand. Notice new graffiti panted on the wall below The Sea Gypsy Hotel. Sunday was a great day for the beach, perfect weather.

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182 mj6dolphin 01/13/2018

A beautiful afternoon at the beach. It was low tide but there were many swells from an oncoming wind or storm. I had never seen dead crabs with one to two small holes in their backs and legs and claws intact? There are less pyrosomes on the rack line.

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297 NehalemBay 01/13/2018

It was a glorious day - 60 degrees, with a moderate wind from the northeast.  The waves were beautiful with the wind raising the spray high in the air.  Since this was a long weekend, there were more people than usual, with 28 cars in the parking lot and 25 people on the beach (4 with dogs), mostly just walking in the sun.  There were no birds in the air and no carcasses on the beach, although there were parts of a clean skeleton of a larger animal.  The sand is high, with a long slope to the water, and a second dune is forming in front from the old large logs and beach grass there.  A sign at the entry from the parking lot indicated some work on the beach soon to help encourage Snowy Plover to nest here but there are no restrictions on using the beach yet. 

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175 Kit Kirk 01/13/2018

Happy to see such a clean beach.  Live animais 5 gulls and a duck.   20 people on the beach including 4 on horseback. No concerns

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286 beverly.stein 01/13/2018

It was a beautiful winter day and many people were out enjoying the beach.  The beach was quite clean probably a combination of the fact that the OR Parks Department had recently been on the beach cleaning up debris and the King Tide.  We did see a very large piece of debris (see photo) that was about 20 feet long with 3 pieces connected together --- probably a retaining wall.  We saw this piece about 1.5 miles down the beach a few weeks ago -- reminder how powerful the ocean tides are!

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1 iornman777 01/13/2018

There were a few large tires on the beach. We cleaned debris off the beach but was unable to remove large tires.

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171 oldMGguy 01/09/2018

Vandals have spray-painted the vehicle barrier rocks (3) on the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  It is jarringly offensive in this otherwise pristine ocean beach environment.  Phones calls and emails sent to the local newspaper editor and Florence Public Works department.  No one seems to definitively know what gov't agency "owns" the jetty structure.  Hopefully a crew from the local Coast Guard base or Honeyman State Park might have a portable power washer or something appropriate to remove the paint.

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198 bahngarten 01/07/2018

Calm, cloudy, 46' morning, 1 person, 1 dog walking on beach.  Shells and pebbles on clean beach, only 1 plastic empty garbage sack  removed from beach. Several gulls flying at a distance. Nice conversation with  new camp hosts at closed Beachside State park campground.

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236 Streets 01/06/2018

Mild day, people even walking barefoot. Lots of driftwood compared to the usual for this stretch. Very little debris. I picked up maybe an ounce of small plastics.

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146 SmithRiver 01/04/2018

It was a beautiful warm day at the beach.  Nothing abnormal to report today.  Several man made structures made out of driftwood to look at.

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193 SKMacK 01/04/2018

Day was mild, cloudy with intermittent rain, mild wind. Surf was higher than I've seen it. There were more logs and wood debris than usual at Yachats State Park. It seems as if there is more shore erosion occurring both north and south of the Yachats River, and south of the river I saw an uprooted willow and what seemed like more vegetation barely holding ground.Surfbirds (I think) were grazing at the north end of mile 193, fleeing the large waves and spray. 

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244 Victoria 01/03/2018

I am filing this report to add photo documentation of the king tide today. My previous post for January 2, 2018, explained that today’s  high tide according to the tide chart was 8.1 yet in actuality it was much higher than yesterday’s high tide which was supposed to be 8.3. The tide reached the rap and/or sand bluffs of miles 244 and 245. In fact the north end of mile 245 at Roads End was dangerous today during the king tide. I did not walk my full mile today due to the high surf and tide. I hope the dead sea lions get washed out- what a stench! On the beauty side i watched rainbows fly off the waves for a long while which was amazingly wonderful.

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220 DKPowell 01/03/2018

I was three times at the beach.

The times were 8:30AM (four hours before King Tide, 4.9 ft.), 10:30AM (two hours before King Tide, 8.65 ft,), and 12:26PM (10.5 ft.)

The first two times I took pictures North and West from a point 45 ft. Southeast of normal entry to beach. At King Tide at 12:26PM I got picture to the North from that point--but had to time the waves. In order to get picture to the West, I slighty angled camera to WNW, and moved back another 40 feet to Southeast (total of 85 ft. from normal entry of beach in order to stay dry--wave came within 5 foot of that position.

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228 DWhite 01/02/2018 DISPATCH

Coast Guard and Depoe Bay fire crews rescued a 19-year-old male hiker in the vicinity of Whale Cove, after he reportedly suffered seizures and became immobilized Tuesday evening. Sector watch standers received a report from Lincoln City 911 dispatchers at 4 p.m. of a male with medical issues on a cliff and was unable to be moved by local rescuers. Members of Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue and Pacific West ambulance were already on scene and had stabilized the patient. In addition to the Dolphin aircrew, a crew from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay took a station vehicle to the scene, where they used radios to relay information between the fire members on the cliff and the aircrew. Due to the tree height and a strong east wind over the steep terrain the aircrew was unable to hoist the hiker from the cliff and landed in tidal pool on a cove shelf, which was only accessible due to it being low tide, 100-feet below the cliff, where they could safely conduct the medevac. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Sector North Bend and forward deployed to Air Facility Newport, medevaced the hiker and safely transferred him to medical personnel. He was first flown to a local hotel for assessment then transferred to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

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186 dbpcar 01/02/2018

Warm (55 degrees), sunny with high clouds, calm/slight wind.  King High Tide today.

Human Activities

  • Observed 17 people and 4 dogs on beach.
  • 8 vehicles in parking areas.

Wildlife

  • 6-7 dozen seagulls observed.
  • 1 dead crab observed.

Physical Changes

  • Large amount of small pieces of trash on concentrated on several hundred yards of beach west of Sea Perch RV Resort to Beachcomber Cottages. (see pic)
  • 9 sets of steps observed and photographed.  One set of stairs was made from rubber tires with cement and rocks imbedded in them. One of these tires have “been moved” and is in front of a small waterfall on the beach. (see pic).
    • This waterfall was producing enough water to erode sand from the beach (see pic).
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244 Victoria 01/02/2018

See 'Comments' on observing the king tide.

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223 Volunteer Coordinator 01/01/2018

Dispatch- photo of molting elephant seal.  

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306 Frankie 12/31/2017

The afternoon low tide -- and mild weather -- on New Year's Eve brought out 40 people (and 3 dogs) on to Cove Beach, mile 306. They were walking, taking photos, crabbing, playing on the sand, and partying around campfires. An unusual sight for Dec 31st. 

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237 bksouthwick1 12/31/2017

Very pleasant ending to 2017. Moderate amount of trash. Most trash was close to the dune line.

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271 yakinsea 12/31/2017

Paddled solo on a beautiful calm day with small surf and a light off-shore breeze.  I paddled around the entire cape and into three or four caves with the notable blow-hole that is in the back of the large sea cave at cape's end spouting on my way south but on the return was exposed enough to actually paddle into!  What a great surprise.  It turned right for around 50 ft, then turned left with a low roof angling down with a lot of rumbling and turbulence signaling the end of the line for me.  The caves on the south side were unusually colorful and beautifully lit.  I generally steer well clear of these due to the abundant birdlife around these, but very few birds this time of year.  The most people that I have ever seen were at the end of the trail high above, probably looking for whales.  I didn't see any on this day.  I landed on the small beach in front of the large shallow cave in Well's Cove, north side of the cape, and picked up some foam floats that are so abundant.  The winter surf has cleaned out the usual debris that at times is quite a pile.  Since it has been so wet lately, small waterfalls were dropping into the ocean in many places.  Some caves had a wispy curtain of water from abave at the entrance.

All and all a very good day with the cape looking good.

 

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225 driscolke 12/30/2017

Unusual to see so many people this time of the year. It was a delightful day, sunny after other rainy days and holiday vacation. Families from Kanas, Texas, Pantagonia the usual Utah, WA and CA.

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11 sandy beach 12/30/2017

It delighted me to see others sharing my love of mile 11. The Whale Watching signs brought them in. It's rare to see more than 2 cars at either House Rock or Cape Ferrelo view points. 10 cars and some 14 people parked at Cape Ferrelo December 30, including plates from Washington, Texas, and New York. Elusive though the whales were folks curiously questioned the well informed volunteers. Who, by the way, happened to be a fellow Coast Watching couple. The weather invited a good time and the low tide kicked it up.

I'm getting cut off from accessing a little more of mile 11 due to the ocean throwing more 'path' blocks (boulders, log jams, etc.) in my way but I trudge on.

I miss the seastars but as I mentioned I did see an odd totally black pisaster about 6 inches across. I looked it up and according to someone on the internet starfish color is determined genetically. If true, the black isn't due to it's physical condition or diet. He's just diverse.

News on the vegetative front screams on. Since the 'view restoration' project (aka tree removal) on House Rock viewpoint the Sitka Spruce have rebounded with a vengence. I have 2010 photos of regrowth 3 feet high which now tower 3 - 4 times my height. Also, I'm anxiously watching to see what will become of those plots where they have come back impossibly thick. Those trees' growth is quite different from those on the perimeters. They are maybe only 4 - 5 feet tall and squeezed in 4 per square foot. 

All for now

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243 oregonmarinenaturalist 12/29/2017 View full report 0
239 ORbeach 12/28/2017 DISPATCH

We walked from Access #50 to the tip of the Salishan Spit.  Almost no trash - picked up 4 small items.  A large group of seals in their usual resting place ... but we were concerned about one who had a red plastic "Flying Ring" toy around its middle.   The animal didn't look like it would be able to wriggle out of the ring so it will probably be stuck with it for the rest of its life.

P.S.  I am able to capture the close-up shots with the zoom on my camera so I don't need to harass the seal population by getting too close.

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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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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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