Mile 196 Report

December 1, 2021
by Pardiatthebeach

Vingie Creek, San Marine Beach south
Wednesday 1:30 PM
53° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae
pine needles, leaves, etc that has washed down from rivers and streams
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Higher tides are making it up to bluff in some places but sand has not been washed our yet. Very little debris of any sort coming in. In fact no large debris at all this month.

  • Foggy afternoon
    Foggy afternoon
    North of Vingie Creek
Other Mile 196 Reports (33)


December 1, 2022 - Pardiatthebeach
King tides have washed up to the bluffs but no erosion. Sand is still built up high on the beach, several feet at least. Very little man made debris. 
September 1, 2022 - Pardiatthebeach
Sand has built back to a high level on the beach. Wrack line content consists of seaweed, some kelp but very little man-made debris. 
June 1, 2022 - Pardiatthebeach
Very low tide so two people clamming. One bike rider. Not a lot of notable debris at this time other than some styrofoam pieces in the wrackline. No birds out of the ordinary.
May 8, 2022 - Pardiatthebeach
Discovered a dead marine mammal at the high tide line. Possibly harbor porpoise?
March 3, 2022 - Pardiatthebeach
The winter tides have exposed some gravel on the northern part of this beach, and brought out some agate hunters. No noticeable change to the banks and not much medium or large debris.  


September 1, 2021 - Pardiatthebeach
Beach was windswept and empty of debris. However at waterline there were hundreds of jellyfish pieces and a few whole jellyfish. 
  • Jelly fish at water line
  • Jelly fish close up
July 31, 2021 - Pardiatthebeach
Quiet cloudy morning with a sprinkling of rain. Very little debris. Sand is building back in on top portion of beach. 
June 1, 2021 - Pardiatthebeach
Sand is building back up on the beach. Virtually no debris even after the holiday weekend. Wrackline of empty crab shells, algae, and some sand crabs. 
March 1, 2021 - Pardiatthebeach
No significant changes in the bluffs this winter.  Some sand has moved off the beach as is common this time of year and exposed some gravel patches.  The recent high tides have washed much of the...


December 2, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
Despite king tides in November no erosion or changes to any bluffs.  Water has washed up to cliffs but no further. Some small and medium plastic debris on higher wrackline. 
September 11, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
Two items of note today. Unusual mortality of starfish. Found about 20 in the space of a half mile. All about 3-5 inches long. Also ash in wrack line.
September 1, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
Summer has brought incoming sand piling up. A  couple driftwood structures have been made for a windbreak. Plants are encroaching out into the sand since there has been no high tide to wash them away...
June 1, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
Sunny quiet morning. No dogs on beach, and virtually no birds either. Only a minimal amount of plastic debris in wrackline. Some molted crab shells on sand.
March 1, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
No significant changes to beach despite winter tides. Lots of small and medium plastic debris in wrack line. 
February 25, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
Dead bird we found on a walk was a Nazca Booby whose range is near the Galapagos Islands.


November 30, 2019 - Pardiatthebeach
Recent king tides have swept in and left the beach relatively bare.  Not much wrack left behind and minimal debris on beach. Lots of people since it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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....


December 1, 2018 - Pardiatthebeach
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...
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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  • see dispatch narrative


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.