Report Details

Despite a fierce north wind and closure of the road to the lighthouse until 6:45, I was surprised that 6 vehicles parked at the lower beach lot. The upper lot appears destined for the sea. Only 3 people, 2 with 3 dogs, were walking north on this half of the mile. A few gulls and lots of wee sand hoppers were the only other life forms. No litter or dead critters, possibly buried by the blowing sands. Drift line was occupied by small stones and shell fragments.      What a difference on the southern half of this mile the next morning. It was calm and foggy at 5:30 and a bit warmer at 55 for a runner and a guy with 2 dogs. No litter or dead things here either. Stone beds, shell fragments and some kelp in the drift line. Gulls, crows and hoppers also here. Beach is building up noticeably closer to the South Jetty, covering large logs for the most part.

Conditions

Temperature: 53 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 4.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 3. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 3.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Notable Wildlife

Not much: a few gulls and lots of wee sand hoppers.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt).

Natural Changes

Frequent north winds have shifted much sand to build up the beach on the southern half-mile, mostly burying large logs that drifted in during storm tides.

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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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