Report Details

In addition to the unusually large number of dead crabs, the beach wrack line had a lot of shrimp back scales and body parts mixed in. The surf and near off-shore water had an unusual brown tint to it, with reduced water clarity. the water flowing out of the Siuslaw was clear. We did have a rain event Saturday night.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW.

Human Activities

Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 4. Playing in sand: 5. Sitting: 3.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 11. RVs/Buses parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Large flock (100+) of juvenile gulls all standing together on the upper beach just south of the Driftwood Shores complex. Two osprey cruising the Siuslaw River North Jetty area.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Unusually large concentrations of almost intact dead Dungeness crabs scattered along Mile 171 in clusters of 5-10 or more. All were missing their top shell.

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Wood pieces.

Actions & Comments

In addition to the unusually large number of dead crabs, the beach wrack line had a lot of shrimp back scales and body parts mixed in.The surf and near off-shore water had an unusual brown tint to it, with reduced water clarity. the water flowing out of the Siuslaw was clear. We did have a rain event Saturday night.

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All Mile 171 Reports

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Mile 171

February 1, 2022

Nice morning to exercise the dog on Heceta Beach.

oldMGguy

Mile 171

March 9, 2021

Stunningly beautiful sunny morning for a beach stroll.

oldMGguy

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 171

December 7, 2020

Huge stranding of brownish-red "Pacific Sea Nettle" (Chrysaora fuscescens) and Moon (Aurelia labiata) jellies all along Mile 171 and Mile 172 today.

oldMGguy

Mile 171

November 23, 2020

Nice sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach.

oldMGguy

Mile 171

May 18, 2020

Whimbrels and sanderlings were feeding in the surf wash zone.

oldMGguy

Mile 171

March 25, 2020

A nice morning walk today in the sunshine to practice my social distancing skills.

oldMGguy

Mile 171

October 19, 2019

Another nice Saturday afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach!

oldMGguy

Mile 171

September 6, 2019

A nice quiet wind-free afternoon to stroll Heceta Beach after the summer crowds have dispersed.

oldMGguy