Mile 329 Report

January 1, 2013
by tsunami

Location:
Clatsop
Sunset Beach, Clatsop Plains, Sunset Lake
Conditions:
Tuesday 2:00 PM
Sunny
39° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NE
Tide Level:
7.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
8
Playing in sand:
4
Concerns:
Driftwood removal·Litter
Apparent Violations:
evidence of cutting / removal of large drift logs. With permit? Who knows.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
10
Activity Comments:
Vehicle tracks in protected dunes (as always)
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 freshly dead fish (juvenile salmon?)in the wrack line.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
lots of small plastic, styrofoam, etc. (more than usual). Lots of woody debris (not unusual for this time of year).
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Recent high tides / surge have caused some dune erosion (dune cliffs)
Comments:
Summary:
Beautiful start to 2013. Cold and clear. Big waves, big surge. Not too many cars today and only one that was speeding.Noticeable increase in plastic and styrofoam, and high concentrations of tiny bits of plastic in the wrack line. The styrofoam debris looks similar in color and composition (green, white and orange) to the first big surge of (alleged) tsunami debris several months ago. Found two bottles with Japanese writing -- a "bathroom germicide" bottle and a dishwashing liquid bottle. Both had clearly been in the ocean a while.
  • Mile 329 looking south, Tillamook head in the distance.
    Mile 329 looking south, Tillamook head in the distance.
    Mile 329.5
    January 1, 2013
  • Collage of plastic debris on mile 329
    Collage of plastic debris on mile 329
    mile 329
    January 1, 2013
  • Freshly dead fish in the wrack line - about 10" long.
    Freshly dead fish in the wrack line - about 10" long.
    mile 329.5
    January 1, 2013
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