Mile 238 Dispatch

October 20, 2017
by Volunteer Coordinator

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay
Friday 4:45 PM
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While riding on the southern end of Salishan Beach Sean Lee spotted a sea turtle.  He called his wife Adrianna, who called a friend who happened to be a CoastWatcher.  Katharine gave her Fawn's number.  Jim Rice was contacted. He was able to get there and with Sean and Adrianna's help get the sea turtle off the beach and on its way to the Seattle Aquarium.  Stay Tuned!  A big thank you to Sean and Adrianna for their quick thinking!

  • Olive Ridley sea turtle
    Olive Ridley sea turtle
    October 20, 2017
Other Mile 238 Reports (16)


September 19, 2018 - Cathy238
This day was similar to several other days I walked this mile since it was assigned. Very little activity of any kind. No trash or other signs of pollution. No people this day, only 4-5 on the other...
August 5, 2018 - Cathy238
Beach was completely deserted in mile 238. More people in mile 239.Also, no dogs or other pets. Few birds and a few seals playing in the ocean.Natural berm throughout most of the mile which has been...


October 29, 2017 - njwhite
A recent storm pushed some large tree stumps and logs up to the beach. There was an abundance of European sea grass along the driftline. Some American Searocket and Seabeach Sandwort near the bluffs...
August 26, 2017 - njwhite
It was a beautiful, clear day to walk along mile 238. Once again, the landscape of this beautiful mile has changed, more flat than on previous walks  On this day, there was more bird activity, a few...
April 15, 2017 - njwhite
April 15 in the afternoon was a clear, sunny day with winds 10 - 20 mph.  The bluffs that were evident for much of mile 238 in January were gone or smaller. There was a lot of fish netting and fish...
  • A clear day
January 27, 2017 - njwhite
This was the first time I visited mile 238. Most of the debris picked up washed in from the ocean. 


November 27, 2016 - KiwiMcK
There were few people and one dog on this mile today.  Driftline had the normal type of plastic polution we see here bottles, cups, styrofoam, plastic bits and some rope pieces from vessels.  The...


October 11, 2015 - KiwiMcK
A clear sunny day after hurricane Oho scooted by to our north. The wave action was strong and it was the clear that the higher tides were pushing quite a way up the beach.Only one other person was...
  • Mile 238 wave action making new sand ridge on the shore.
August 28, 2015 - KiwiMcK
A warm overcast day. Five people, two dogs walking on the beach. Plastic bottles, handles and float parts picked up as trash.Four dead birds at the north end of the mile. See attached photos.
  • 1 of 4 dead birds at 44 degrees 50 minutes 45 seconds.  This was more intact than other birds
July 27, 2015 - KiwiMcK
A hand full of people and a couple of dogs out on the beach on this spectacular day. Sun shining brightly and the water just sparkling. Is this really the Oregon coast? Large bundles of bull kelp in...
  • Bull Kelp on Southern portion of mile 238
July 14, 2015 - KiwiMcK
Just a beautifully sunny day on the beach with a few white caps, sparkling ocean and not much wind. 4 people walking, one person reading and a couple sunning themselves. Two flocks of gulls and...


December 21, 2008 - Gertie C
Rainy afternoon. Not much activity -- just me, and one other person picking up trash.
February 29, 2008 - Gertie C
Not much to report this time -- State Parks & Rec buried a dead cow a few days ago.


September 21, 2007 - Gertie C
Quiet day in the early evening. Only two people seen, walking and collecting trash.
June 21, 2007 - Gertie C
Little of concern. Some sand seems to be coming back.
March 20, 2007 - Gertie C
Some sand seems to be coming back. However, all along the mile there is eveidence of beach erosion. Where I had a gradual slope to the beach, I now have about a 15' drop.