Mile 294 Dispatch

April 22, 2011
by skyhar8000

Manhattan Beach, State Wayside
Friday 10:00 AM
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We have begun to see an unusual number of medium-sized dead sand dollars in this area. I say "unusual" because we often see none -- or, at best, a few broken pieces of shell. Some years ago, during the "dead zone" period, they were plentiful.For unknown reasons, they are now back in moderate numbers. They are fuzzless and presumably have been dead for a little while, but they are also medium-sized, starting about the size of an Eisenhower dollar coin. No other unusual phenomena or atypical numbers of dead/dying animals or vegetation noticed. I have walked these beaches many decades, and this is only the second time in my life that I have seen this many sand dollar shells in this area.
Other Mile 294 Reports (14)


March 6, 2021 - dmachuca
Quiet day at the beach. Most people seemed to arrive by walking up from Rockaway/Nedonna. Harsh appearing step to the bluff that looked new (maybe from King tide earlier this year) but I will check...
  • Bluff step down


June 11, 2019 - Paulissen
Very calm day with more activity than usual due to the presence of a middle school class doing PE on the beach. No concerning observations made.


December 6, 2018 - Paulissen
The beach had very little activity, however it is important to consider the very high tide that may explain the lack of foot traffic. We are a class that is limited to the school bell schedule, and...
September 18, 2018 - Paulissen
Nothing out of the ordinary.


June 6, 2017 - Paulissen
March 16, 2017 - Paulissen


December 13, 2016 - Paulissen
Not very much activity on this particular survey. We did notice a lone river otter that was running along the water and a large amount of polysomes washed ashore.
September 13, 2016 - Paulissen
No new changes to the beach, evidence of high usage as shown by high amount of dog waste bags that were not thrown out and driftwood shelters.
June 9, 2016 - Paulissen
Saw a few people, a few wildlife animals along with some debris. Saw dead birds, dead crabs, and dead vellela vellela. Weather was overcast with little wind.
February 9, 2016 - Paulissen
There were no dead birds, and a tremendous amount of phytoplankton along the driftline which are the only really different observations we had compared to previous surveys. The increase in human...


September 29, 2015 - Paulissen
Aside from the large sand pit (approx. 2ft in diameter) that was dug up, the beach looked fairly undisturbed.Humans were mostly just walking their dog(s).


October 28, 2009 - Nedonnaman
good news -- no dead birdsthis part of beach gets pretty heavy use during summer but shows no negative effects


August 7, 2008 - Nedonnaman
pretty typical summer beach ... mess -- machinery and sand piles -- from installing riprap gone -- one very large tree trunk lying across beach --
March 5, 2008 - Nedonnaman
Aside from rip rap installation, beach seems in good shape