Report Details

Going south from the Coquille River at 6 on a cloudy, somewhat windy morning, we encountered 8 cormorants on the wet sand with a flock of gulls near the jetty. That was the first time I'd seen cormorants gathered on the beach there. A dead baby harbor seal, pecked to the ribs in several spots, lay in the high line just down from the 8th St. stairway. Driftwood newly arrived, wood splinters, 2 rock beds, lots of small mussel shells and some crab molt marked the wrackline. Only a rock hunter was on this stretch -- and that was on our return trek.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: -0.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 1. No vehicles when we arrived, but 4 when we left.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 4.

Notable Wildlife

Cormorants and gulls down on the wet sand as well as airborne.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Baby harbor seal, pecked to the ribs in several places. It was on the high line just down from the 8th St. stairway.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Small mussel shells abundant.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. driiftwood coming in.

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Mile 102

August 4, 2023

Common murres continue to wash up in the high line along Jetty Beach.

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Mile 102

July 24, 2023

It has not been a happy time for common murres on Elephant Rock of late.

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Mile 102

June 21, 2023

Another dead fur seal washed up a few weeks after one did on the southern half of Mile 102, this time further north of Coquille Point.

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Mile 102

June 1, 2023

A fur seal pup washed up in the high-tide line a few yards north of the 8th St.

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Mile 102

September 28, 2022

Observations taken over 2 days because of river.

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Mile 102

June 19, 2022

A calm, overcast morning of 55 drew 8 folks and 4 dogs to the beach at 7 a.

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Mile 102

March 19, 2022

A chilly NW wind didn't deter 9 folks -- 5 rock hunting, the others walking -- from hitting the South Jetty beach on an overcast morning with a low tide of 0.

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Mile 102

September 25, 2021

The northern half of this mile was engulfed by thick fog, but still attracted two other beach goers searching for agates.

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