Mile 196 Report

December 1, 2018
by Pardiatthebeach

Vingie Creek, San Marine Beach south
Saturday 12:00 PM
Party cloudy
47° F
Calm/Light from the E
Tide Level:
5.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Not too many gulls, just one large flock of about 50 smaller shore birds
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets
Lots of pine needles, and plant material from shore that has been washed into ocean
New Development:
Natural Changes:

With the better weather lots of people and dogs were on the beach. Higher winter tides are washing up to the banks and the plants that colonized the sand over the summer are being washed away. Still several feet of sand deposited on beach. Not much large debris washing in, only 3 pieces of wood and 1 rope segment. Some small plastics appearing in wrack line. 

  • Shore birds
    Just north of Vingie Creek
    December 1, 2018
  • Exposed drainage pipe
    December 1, 2018
Other Mile 196 Reports (16)


September 2, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
Since this is Labor Day there was lot of activity on the beach.  Many people and dogs. We noticed the bluff had been excavated about a quarter mile north of Vingie Creek. Sand and vegetation had been...
June 2, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
The last few months have brought in driftwood along the high tide line, including some large logs. Minimal plastic debris at this time. 
March 1, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
Big winter waves pulled many feet of sand off the beach, exposing some rock and gravel beds. Sand is gradually filling back in. They also made an impact on the bluffs, creating some small erosion....


August 31, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Since it is the Friday before Labor Day weekend 6 people and 4 dogs were out. A couple of wood "forts" are built on the upper sand. Since there have been no big tides vegetation and grass is growing...
August 23, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Found a small dead shark while walking the beach this morning. It is about 3-3.5 feet in length.
  • Salmon Shark-Lamna ditropis
May 27, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Today was the most people we have seen on this beach, but it is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and it is sunny! 28 walkers, 3 runners, 8 dogs and a couple groups sitting and playing in the sand....
March 1, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
Winter waves have been washing all the way up to the bluffs and vegetation zone. Some damage to stairs and railings. A dead porpoise or dolphin washed in 2/19 and now is mostly just a carcass due to...


December 1, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
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...
September 1, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
Only two pieces of large debris, both rope. No small and only slight medium debris. Some sand and vegatation building up above tideline, since tide has not been very high.  There are a couple of...
June 2, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
We started surveying this beach for marine debris in December 2016 for COASST. This is our first report for Coast Watch. Many more people walking the beach this month, and more dogs. Much less debris...


June 9, 2012 - oceanloonie
My COASST survey partner, Bert Johnstone, and I came across this seal while on our survey Saturday the 9th of June. It was on an open expanse of beach, ocean-side of the wrack, at low tide. It was...
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October 8, 2009 - yhobbits
This is my first report of this mile. I am still learning about it. It appears to be an exceptionally clean mile with little or no noticeable litter or garbage. This time there were large sea gull...


December 13, 2007 - bertjohnst
A cool drizzly day with surprisingly little animate life about apart from a little lady gathering shells and a bald eagle circling off shore. Except for the presence of numerous large logs, the beach...
September 19, 2007 - bertjohnst
A sunny day with a strong north wind carrying sand southwards. Thirteen people, all quite bundled up, were moving about on the beach, along with the usual sparse contingent of gulls, crows, and...
May 19, 2007 - bertjohnst
A mild, sunny morning over a beach swept clean of debris. A remarkable number of people present (24) mostly taking walks; exceptionally few birds: no gulls, one charadrius vociferus, and a few beach...
February 5, 2007 - bertjohnst
Beach unusually storm-swept, but otherwise its normal wild self.