Mile 196 Dispatch

June 9, 2012
by oceanloonie

Vingie Creek, San Marine Beach south
Saturday 11:15 AM
60° F
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
-0.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Various gulls
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Sooty Shearwaters, Murres, a Scoter
Dead Seal
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 undisturbed aside from a few bird footprints in the sand around it. I truly thought it had been shot, both in its rear end and its head; it surely looked that way. There was blood spattered from the impact of the head wound, and the head was lying in a pool of blood. There was a wound in the genital area, but no spatter of blood, so I thought maybe that shot had come first, the seal had tried to make its escape, and then was shot in the head. The seal looked healthy and well-fed. I emailed my photos and my suspicions to Jim Rice at the Marine Mammal Institute at OSU, who, a couple days later, performed a necropsy on the seal and happily found no evidence of gunshots. I was really surprised; I've seen many dead seals on the beach, but none before with this kind of trauma. Jim suspects that the trauma was probably caused by natural predators, most likely turkey vultures. I had no idea they would attack with such force! But I'm glad it wasn't human predators.
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    approximately at mile 196.5 north of yachats
    June 9, 2012
  • see dispatch narrative
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    approximately at mile 196.5 north of yachats
    June 9, 2012
  • see dispatch narrative
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    approximately at mile 196.5 north of yachats
    June 9, 2012
  • see dispatch narrative
    see dispatch narrative
    approximately at mile 196.5 north of yachats
    June 9, 2012
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March 1, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
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February 25, 2020 - Pardiatthebeach
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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
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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...


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
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