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There is a lot of buzz about whether the stuff on the beaches these days is from the tsunami. We found a lot of rigid styrofoam (presumably for insulation); normally see very little of that. Many black plastic fishing floats (of the kind we saw on the beach before the tsunami, but more than usual), and dimensional lumber stamped with japanese writing (a couple of roughly 4x4s), along with a couple of light bulbs (could be from a container/the Garbage Patch, as we often find them) and other things, including plastic and glass bottles, some with Japanese writing. I am convinced that at least some of this stuff is tsunami debris. The foam, at least: house insulation?

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Walking or running: 2.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3.

Notable Wildlife

one snowy plover on beach. One bald eagle over dunes. Not a lot of bird activity (no pelicans, a few gulls)

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. Little left of them; couldn't ID.

Stranded Marine Mammals

One dead seal that the vultures were picking over.

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Driftline full of tiny jellyfish-like blobs; sea gooseberries? Also presumptive tsumai debris; see summary.

Natural Changes

High sand volume (buried fishing boat not visible).

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January 1, 2014

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

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March 5, 2013

A rainy day; we had the beach to ourselves.

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November 25, 2012

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

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Mile 157

June 20, 2012

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

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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?

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January 28, 2012

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

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