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Mile 108 Report
September 3, 2007
The main reason to file this report is to document the dead Steller's Sea Lion pup and the dead juvenile male Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) on this mile.
The main reason to file this report is to document the dead Steller's Sea Lion pup and the dead juvenile male Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) on this mile. The Steller's Sea Lion pup carcass was being eaten by Turkey Vultures and the Salmon Shark carcass was being eaten by Western Sea Gulls. It appeared that the Salmon Shark was bitten by another shark and that may have been the cause of death. It was not apparent what caused the death of the Steller's Sea Lion pup. Shells, animal casing, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris and Stryofoam in driftline. Low human impact (4)-2 walking 2 dogs and 2 sitting in vehicle.
Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N.
Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 2. Other Activities: 2 sitting in vehicle. Person in vehicle had her dogs on a leash but as we passed by, one of the dogs got off the leash and came at us. She came quickly to retrieve her dog.
Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 2.
Turkey Vultures were eating the Steller's Sea Lion pup carcass, and Western Gulls were eating the Salmon Shark.
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. Steller's Sea Lion Pup
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Dead juvenile male Salmon Shark
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, Wood pieces.
Actions & Comments
Filed a Marine Mammal Stranding report on the Steller's Sea Lion pup and reported the Salmon Shark to Dr. Daryl Parkyn.
All Mile 108 Reports
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We were expecting alot more trash because it had been some time between cleanup(s) but it was just the usual .
As previously reported, there was an unusual amount of trash and debris, esp.
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.