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Very large sand dunes which made it difficult to traverse and pick up trash. Might be alot of debris under the sand dunes. The mile north of 108 (109?) has changed considerably. Large rocks seem to have disappeared (covered by sand?) and even the large rocks out in the surf seem to have diminished by half. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, ocean-based debris and styrofoam in driftline. Sea gulls feeding on several washed-up crabs. Many shorebirds foraging at surfline and moving in response to humans. Brown Pelicans feeding in surf. Turkey Vultures feeding on Steller's Sea Lion carcass. Dead Cormorant, Common Murre and gulls on the beach. Large Concrete/styrofoam boat docks on beach. Some algae noticed in pools under the golf course, but water looked clean and clear. Alot of small debris, broken glass, etc. in areas where there had obviously been a party or picnic. Fireworks also. Moderate human impact (2)-8 walking, 2 playing in surf, 6 sitting, 4 taking pictures and 4 windsurfing. 6 dogs.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 20. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 8. Playing in surf: 2. Sitting: 6. Photography: 4. Windsurfing: 4.

Concerns

Litter

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 2. RVs/Buses parking: 1. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 4. ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Several vultures feeding on Steller's Sea Lion carcass. Many shorebirds (sandpipers?). Flock of brown pelicans feeding in the surf.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. Cormorant, sea gull, murre(?) and a few others we couldn't identify.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. One large Steller's Sea Lion just past entrance to Whiskey Run beach. Vultures feeding.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Several crabs washed up in surf and the sea gulls were feasting on them. No indication of what might have 'killed' them?

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam. Some algae in pools below golf course. Two HUGE chunks of concrete/styrofoam on beach too large to remove.

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal. Very large dunes and sandhills to traverse.

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Mile 108

April 1, 2016

There wasn't an excessive amount of trash and only found a few glass bottles that appeared to have foreign markings (Japanese?

Anonymous

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Mile 108

March 23, 2013

We expected to find a lot of debris, tsunami and otherwise, because it had been quite some time since we made the trip to the beach, but to our surprise and amazement there was very little trash of any kind.

K Fassett

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Mile 108

April 15, 2012

We were expecting alot more trash because it had been some time between cleanup(s) but it was just the usual .

K Fassett

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Mile 108

April 8, 2011

As previously reported, there was an unusual amount of trash and debris, esp.

K Fassett

Mile 108

September 25, 2010

The amount of garbage seemed less than usual.

K Fassett

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Mile 108

April 10, 2010

10 people on the beach and four dogs.

Michelle

Mile 108

February 27, 2010

12 people walking, 1 dog not on leash,few wildlife, only a few Snowy Plovers,piles of trash: plastic, rope, pillow, part of a dock covered in trash.

Michelle

Mile 108

September 20, 2008

Nothing too unusual except an unusual number of bottle caps, and short pieces of rope.

K Fassett