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Mile 102 Report
August 5, 2013
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.
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.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: -0.4 feet.
Number of people: 1. No vehicles when we arrived, but 4 when we left.
Cars/trucks parking: 4.
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.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. driiftwood coming in.
All Mile 102 Reports
Common murres continue to wash up in the high line along Jetty Beach.
It has not been a happy time for common murres on Elephant Rock of late.
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.
A fur seal pup washed up in the high-tide line a few yards north of the 8th St.
A calm, overcast morning of 55 drew 8 folks and 4 dogs to the beach at 7 a.
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.