Mile 34 Report

June 14, 2009
by edbear

Wakeman Beach, Geisel Monument Wayside
Sunday 7:00 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Few Birds. I did not see an BLOYuntil 1 April 2009, and since thenI only see a few, 1 to 5 maximum.OIt seesm the BLOY population is way down from2 years backw hen i routine saw abotu 14.A few Gulls. About every 2-3 weeks, I see an Osprey.
Dead Birds:
Dead baby seals. One, very early in May, was very small, but only the boneswere present though the remains seemed fresh. One dead pup, 05/26/09, about 2-3 Kg. This dead seal may have washed out and then in again, as I saw another dead seal. But, it could have been a new sighting.
Fish & Invertebrates:
I have seen a few Ling Cod headsover the past 3 months.Large dead Octopus observed in tidepool (Not by me, but by a friend).About 20 Kg. This is the 2nd one wehave seen wash up dead. The 1st one was last July, 2008. These Octopi are bright white with pink-orangee suckers.
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
Rubber tire strips used to tie crab pots closed (or so I have been told)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
Erosion seems about normal
Man made debris was very light from 01/01/09 to 04/01/09. Since then, I have picked up a few plasticbottles (about 3/week). I picked up one auto tire.BUT, the main pollutant are the rubber tire stripsreported above as fishing debris. In one week(week of 05/18/09), I picked up 5 kG of these strips.Is there any way for the crab fishermen to preventthis?
Very little man made debris compared to thelast few years. Also, very little people traffic.BUT, the main pollutant are the rubber tire stripsreported above as fishing debris. In one week(week of 05/18/09), I picked up 5 Kg of these strips.Is there any way for the crab fishermen to preventthis?
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October 3, 2020 - tayloreandc
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July 20, 2020 - [email protected]
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March 4, 2020 - tayloreandc
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June 4, 2019 - tayloreandc
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January 27, 2019 - tayloreandc
The most notable change has been the movement of sand from the northern half of the beach which occurs each winter.  Although it restores each summer and early autumn it has lessened over the past 20...


July 26, 2018 - lordfamily
Path through old forest south of Winston property is being maintained; recent bramble clipping evident. Some human footprints in the sand around the bottom of the Geisel Monument beach access (that...
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July 1, 2012 - edbear
Some trash. I have found about 4 plastic bottles that are definitely from Japan. The rest are local. And, quite a lot of styrofoam. I thought some of the big pieces were not from Japan, and...


May 13, 2010 - edbear
PERIOD COVERED 01/1010 - 05/13/10TRASH: Very little trash up until April/May 2010. Very little driftwood this year as opposed to last year (2009). In April, I began to see a lot of the rubber...


July 4, 2008 - edbear
1. Dead Seals:4 baby dead seals found on beach from early April to Mid-May. Two were badly mutilated, certainly before they washed up on the shore. One seal had no noticeable injuries, but was...


July 21, 2007 - edbear
Nothing very unusual except for the large number of dead baby seals this spring. We had a lot of rough surf around the time of birthing. I am sure that had something to do with it.Also, large...
March 31, 2007 - edbear
See Comments. However, mostly normal.Very few people seen from Jan-Mar.


October 30, 2006 - edbear
Dead seal (white). About 75 kG. Washed in and out with tides and weather. No visible injuries. Slow disintegration due to colder weather and no vultures (they migrate South around September). Finally...
January 7, 2006 - edbear
100kg dead seal, finally disintegrated after about 4 weeks, helped by turkey vultures