Mile 291 Report

January 28, 2017
by cemilligan

Camp Magruder north, Watseco, Twin Rocks SW
Saturday 1:00 PM
Party cloudy
45° F
Calm/Light from the S
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Apparent Violations:
As always there was a fair amount of litter along the coastline. We did our due diligence in removing as much as we could.
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
There was not very much wildlife along the mile today. Only a small handful, maybe 4-6 gulls. Very few crustaceans and mollusks had washed up in the drift line.
Dead Birds:
We only came upon one dead bird today. I'm not sure of its species, but you can find a picture attached to this report.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Very few shells today in comparison to the usual amount. There was a ton of tiny pieces of styrofoam all over the beach today, much more than usual. Additionally, there was the same standard plastic pellets as there always is. We also came across and removed a small boat buoy and a destroyed crab pot.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Evidence of wave overtopping

Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature.  The tide was almost at its highest point.  Several people were walking around the beach, enjoying the sand and playing in the waves.  It was apparent that the shoreline had been greatly impacted by the recent king tides.  Driftwood and debris that had previously been located lower on the shoreline had been pushed up onto the ridge above, roughly 5-10 feet.  This made our trash collection efforts much more difficult as the footing was unpredictable.  We successfully removed 4 bags of litter, a destroyed crab pot, and a small boat buoy.  Much to my disdain there was a considerable amount of styrofoam pellets all over the beach.  These were next to impossible to completely remove as they averaged in size from a quarter to the end of a pen and blanketed almost the entire mile. 

  • Entry on south end of our mile, looking north.
    February 1, 2017
  • Styrofoam pellets, cellophane worm casings
    Tiny Styrofoam pellets and cellophane worm casings that look like weird thin filaments in drift line debris.
    January 28, 2017
  • driftwood pushed into vegetation-King Tide
    Visual of how high the driftwood was pushed during the king tide.
    January 28, 2017
  • Crab pot deposited by King Tide
    Crab pot deposited by the king tide.
    January 28, 2017
  • Normal high tide
    At high tide you can still see how far back the driftwood and debris were pushed by recent tides.
    January 28, 2017
  • Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
    Single dead bird we found, Western Grebe
    January 28, 2017
  • visitors on beach
    People enjoying the beach.
    January 28, 2017
  • large tree trunk brought on shore during King Tide
    Giant stump swept up on to the beach.
    January 28, 2017
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January 14, 2023 - BerrieC
Significant erosion at Pine Beach Loop and North Magruder during November/December King tides. 3 to 6 feet additional Dune erosion at McGruder. 20+/- additional trees down.
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September 13, 2021 - MossierJ
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September 12, 2021 - MossierJ
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  • Dead murrelet
August 5, 2021 - JGarcia
I didn't walk the whole mile on this date.  A friend texted, telling me that there was a dead mammal on the beach.  I walked down and found the dead animal (porpoise or dolphin) and took several...
July 26, 2021 - BerrieC
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May 28, 2021 - JGarcia
February 10, 2021 - JGarcia
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September 28, 2020 - JGarcia
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June 12, 2020 - JGarcia
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July 9, 2017 - cemilligan
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November 27, 2016 - cemilligan
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October 23, 2016 - cemilligan
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