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Mile 157 is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of coastline.  It is on the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail, which provides access at the northern and southern ends of Mile 157.  (Access at the southern end, near Tahkenitch Creek, passes through approximately 2 miles of soft sand and therefore is more difficult.)  The main highlight from this visit was two dead seals, one of which seemed to have been attacked recently by coyotes or other canines.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: -0.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 3. Walking or running: 3. Fresh tracks indicated that a truck or large car had traveled the full length of the beach recently, possibly earlier in the morning. See attached photos. It is not clear whether this was a park ranger or private citizen.

Concerns

Litter

Apparent violations: There was a small amount (maybe 25-30 pieces) of human debris on the beach, both land-based and sea-based..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 9. Cars/trucks on beach, prohibited: 1.

Notable Wildlife

There were many canine paw prints on the beach and among the dunes inland from the beach. These were probably from resident coyotes, though they may perhaps have been from resident foxes (some were fairly small), wild dogs, or wolves. In several places there were paw prints leading into the areas roped-off for snowy plover protection, indicating that these canines may be predating snowy plovers. In a few places there were also talon prints from large birds, probably from turkey vultures but possibly from eagles. We saw two turkey vultures, some gulls, and a possible snowy plover (in the surf).

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. It was too decomposed to identify.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 2. There were two dead seals on the beach. To the north there was a seal pup that had recently been killed, with a turkey vulture feasting on it. Markings on the beach indicated that the pup had waddled ashore and been attacked (there were several bloodstains) by coyotes or other canines (there were several distinct sets of paw prints all around). However, the pup was largely intact, indicating that the canines had not eaten much of it. See attached photo. There were also talon prints nearby, presumably from the turkey vulture. Farther south there was an adult seal on the beach that seemed to have been dead for several days and was fairly decomposed, with no birds or other predators feeding on it.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

We saw six jelly fish on the beach or in the surf.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). There is a large amount of shell debris, mainly from razor clams and round clams. There is also a large amount of crab fragments, mainly from dungeness crabs.

Actions & Comments

This was my first visit to Mile 157, so I cannot really comment on recent changes there.  I did submit a stranded marine mammal report concerning the two dead seals on the beach.

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Mile 157

August 21, 2023

It was another beautiful day on Mile 157, which we entered from the upper part of the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 157

July 30, 2022

Mile 157 is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of coastline.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 157

January 1, 2014

Beautiful New Years Day at the beach, while it was cold and foggy in the valley.

bzenderson

Mile 157

March 5, 2013

A rainy day; we had the beach to ourselves.

bzenderson

Mile 157

November 25, 2012

Gorgeous day at the beach (crappy and cloudy and cold in Eugene).

bzenderson

Mile 157

June 20, 2012

There is a lot of buzz about whether the stuff on the beaches these days is from the tsunami.

bzenderson

Mile 157

April 15, 2012

Fair amount of ocean-borne debris, but unlike my last walk here about a month earlier, when the debris was d0ominated by Japanese plastic bottles (tsunami debris?

bzenderson

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 157

January 28, 2012

Stunning winter day; we were totally overdressed, kept shedding clothes to the brink of immodesty.

bzenderson