Mile 131 Report

October 18, 2008
by thunderhead

Horsfall Beach, Oregon Dunes NRA
Saturday 10:00 AM
50° F
Strong from the N
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Disturbance/harassment of marine mammals
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Western Gull, Brown Pelican
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Bullseye Puffer fish
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Sand removal
Natural Changes:
A sick California sea lion on the beach and the Bullseye Puffer fish have been reported by the Bilderbacks to the pertinent agencies. The sea lion was resting halfway up the beach, and we did not see it until it raised its head at a low-flying Coast Guard helicopter. The sea lion moved into the water at the approaching noise of three ATV driving south to pass between it and the water. The animal could not use its' hind legs to propel itself, which is an indication of an advanced bacterial infection. It disappeared into the ocean.
This Coast Watch orientation hike was unusual in the discovery of a Bullseye Puffer fish, normally found in warmer waters, and an ailing California sea lion. The wreck of the Sajameco, a 324 foot Steel Steamer (3542 tons)built in 1920 was partly visible just at the Horsfall Beach access point. It wrecked in 1929. The bow and side walls were visible above the sand. Winter sand erosion and movement uncovered the wreck. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and Styrofoam in the driftline. Western Gulls and Brown Pelican flying over beach and surf. Moderate human impact (8)-walking. Two dogs. Three ATV within allowed area.
  • small dark fish with large beak
    small dark fish with large beak
    1/4 mile north of Horsfall Beach parking lot
    October 18, 2008
  • October 18, 2008
  • October 18, 2008
  • beach just north of Horsfall beach parking lot
    October 18, 2008
  • Horsfall Beach
    October 18, 2008
  • Horsfall Beach
    October 18, 2008
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