Report Details

A beautiful day on the beach. The driftline wrack was especially laden with barnacle covered items indicating offshore drift had recently arrived or was still arriving. Kelp/algae, shells, many dungeness crab and mole crab casings, thousands of sand dollars, wood and ocean-based debris in the driftline. One dead Pacific Hake, 2 dead Common Murre and one dead immature gull. Snowy Plover nesting area remains roped off with no signs of trepass. Low human impact (0).The closed area north of the Tenmile access road did not display evidence of recent vehicle trespass.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

The vehicle tracks may have been from a Forest Service vehicle. A Forest Service ATV was seen on the beach with fresh footprints leading into the roped off Snowy Plover nesting area.

Concerns

Apparent violations: 1 set of full size vehicle tracks on beach.

Notable Wildlife

5 gulls feeding on fresh hake carcass.Lots of mole and dungeness crab shells and starfish casts.Numerous clumps of bullkelp and other with thousands of barnacles attached. All appeared to have freshly arrived following longterm floating, along with light bulbs, bottles, occassional plastic floats to 10 inches. The wood in the drift line also covered with barnacles.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. 2 common murres-adults1 large immature gull

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

1 dead Pacific Hake.Thousands of sand dollars, hundreds of dungeness crab casings and shells. Numerous molecrab shells/casings.

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, Wood pieces.

Man-made Modifications

The area bulldozed to open Snowy Plover nesting areas was still roped off with no signs of trespass.

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Mile 138

September 24, 2010

One lone hiker/beachcomber present.

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Mile 138

December 28, 2009

Mile 138 was clean and mostly lacking notable wrack of a small number of shells, animal casings, kelp/algae wood pieces and Styrofoam.

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Mile 138

September 12, 2009

This vehicle prohibited mile was without tire tracks, and the only sign of humans was four sets of footprints, three barefoot, at the far north end of the mile.

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Mile 138

March 12, 2009

What a great day for a beach walk.

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Mile 138

December 16, 2008

The beach was pretty much as expected for winter storm activity.

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Mile 138

March 16, 2008

The BLM had a caterpillar grade the Snowy Plover nesting area behind the beach.

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Mile 138

December 13, 2007

A sunny day with small breeze.

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Mile 138

September 19, 2007

Sunny and windy day.

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