Mile 122 Report

June 5, 2010
by [email protected]

Location:
Coos
Bastendorff Beach west half
Conditions:
Saturday 1:25 PM
Cloudy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
1.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
45
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
11
Playing in surf:
8
Playing in sand:
4
Sitting:
10
Tidepooling:
3
9 playing volleyball
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None - seemed a law abiding group
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
A few gulls, very few other seabirds, no mammals.
Dead Birds:
Total:
4
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
A decomposed duck was found near the centroid of Mile 122.
Stranded:
At the mouth of Minor Creek, dividing Mile 122 from 123, a long dead seal or sea lion. A green “X” had been painted on its back perhaps signifying that it had been officially tallied. A small seal (a pup?), also quite advanced in decomposition, was about 50 yards away in Mile 123. A third long dead seal/sea lion was found about half way between Mile 123 and Mile 121. About half of a skeleton (head, neck, ribs) of a mammal, probably a seal or pup of a sea lion, was at the west end of Mile 122 (“Pirate’s Cove”) behind a log against the foredune.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
No actions were taken. A rockfall has spalled off the 35 foot cliff at the southwest end of Bastendorff Beach; obviously erosion is a constant process here, with or without human assistance. In addition, erosion of the foredune may have progressed since March, 2010, as suggested by the apparent increase in rooted trees that have fallen onto the beach in the interval. Litter at high tide line seems to have declined significantly. Perhaps fewer storms are bringing litter on shore.
Summary:
Physical Changes: A rockfall has spalled off the 35 foot cliff at the southwest end of Bastendorff Beach. In addition, erosion of the foredune may have progressed since March, 2010, as suggested by the apparent increase in dune-rooted trees that have fallen onto the beach in the interval. Litter at high tide line seems to have declined significantly. Perhaps fewer storms are bringing litter on shore.Vertebrate corpses:Four decomposing or decomposed seals or sea lions, two possibly pups, were encountered as well as a decomposed duck.People and activities on the beach:Forty-five people and four dogs were involved in various recreational activities during the Saturday June 5 beach walk.
  • Seal or sea lion, with green X painted on torso, with human foot for scale.
    Seal or sea lion, with green X painted on torso, with human foot for scale.
    edge of Miner Creek, northeast end of mile 122
    June 5, 2010
  • Rock has spalled off 35 foot high cliff face at southwest end of mile 122, including forest floor vegetation. Person in picture for scale.
    Rock has spalled off 35 foot high cliff face at southwest end of mile 122, including forest floor vegetation. Person in picture for scale.
    southwest end of mile 122
    June 5, 2010
Other Mile 122 Reports (10)

2017

January 29, 2017 - JohnnyCN
The waves/surf wasn't nearly as high today as it was the last time I walked the beach just a couple of days ago.  The weather was also better and there was no wind.  Due to this calmness, I think,...
January 21, 2017 - JohnnyCN
Mile 122, Bastendorf Beach, is a beach I've walked many times for pleasure so I am well acquainted with it; therefore, I was very surprised to see what was happening to it due to weather and...

2012

October 18, 2012 - [email protected]
No significant changes in erosion or deposition of fore dune since my last report, though some foredune erosion is indicated near Miner Creek where a 20 foot log tossed completely up on the foredune...
  • Seal with hindquarters missing, entrails protruding. Also note large (3-5 inch diameter) areas of missing skin, one with entrails also emerging.

2011

September 29, 2011 - Magicalsnakeman
It was a beautiful day to walk the beach. The tide was a bit high for complete tide-pool viewing. THe interesting part of the walk was finding the dead Murre. I hiked up to the mile North of this...

2010

December 22, 2010 - [email protected]
Very little change from last report. 18 people, 2 dogs using the beach. No stranded mammals, few gulls and crows, otherwise little wildlife. Driftline was relatively clean, probably from recent high...
  • In center of mile, a short distance of beach sand erosion left a slight ridge, size measureable by german shepherd as "yardstick"
  • The ridge formed by erosion is no deeper, but now extends for a couple of hundred yards in the center of the mile.
  • By December 22, the ridge of sand has been eroded back almost to the foredune, with removal of 5 -5.5 feet of sand (note german shepherd yardstick). Surfers report the cove is increasingly shallow.
September 6, 2010 - [email protected]
Winter sand infilling of low beach is evident as low reefs begin disappearing; a recent dead sea lion and harbor seal; new stairs installed at eroded foredune; otherwise not much change since last...
  • Access to the beach has been closed by trailer park, but the path these stairs end at is on public land along a cliff face of Mussel Reef, reached by a rather harrowing pathway up the cliff.
  • One recently deposited seal; sea lion not shown
  • Intertidal area showing emergent rocks about 6 feet above sand on April 18, 2010. Normally, the rocks are buried by sand after winter storms
  • The match for April 18, 2010, showing intertidal area of emergent rocks now 3 feet above sand.
March 13, 2010 - [email protected]
Since we were last there in January, the foredune has eroded markedly, resulting in the loss of numerous shrubby Englemann spruces and a shore pine growing on the dunes. As the dune erodes, a lot of...
  • The small forest (Englemann spruce) on top of the foredune is collapsing onto the beach as the foredune is being washed away.
  • Due to extensive erosion of the foredune, forming a "cliff", the campers from the adjacent RV park have cut a new path for beach access. Note the "no tresspassing" sign about to be washed away.

2008

November 16, 2008 - bbrown
Found possible California sea lion, hard to identify due to the severity of its decomposition. Head and fin seem to be missing, measurements couldn't be conducted. Dead pelican was also spotted,...
  • Found just south of first parking lot, body very decomposed, missing both its head and tail
  • Found in high tide line: a bundle of bones, very long and easily recognized as a pelican.
  • Pacific Sand Lance (Ammodytes hexapterus)washed up at the surf line.
  • California Grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, also found washed up in the surf.
May 23, 2008 - Magicalsnakeman
It was a nice cloudy day on the mile. No huge changes accept the snag falls on the southern end of the mile. Of course, the sand has started its migration back onto the beach. Many sea stars,...
February 10, 2008 - Magicalsnakeman
Ctenophores, kelp, shells, plastic pellets and ocean-based debris in driftline. Many anemones on tidal outcropping. Two dead Western Grebes. Erosion of the vegetated foredune. Vehicle tracks in...
  • from southern end on tidal outcroppings