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The beach was covered with a lot of river-sourced wood debris from recent rain events. A large log covered with pelagic goose barnacles apparently arrived with the last high tide. All of the dead birds observed today appeared to be gulls. The dead fur-bearing critter (juvenile sea lion?)appears to have been chomped at both ends by sharks, as the head and rear flippers were missing.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: W.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 4. Sitting: 3. Photography: 2.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Notable Wildlife

Surf scoters, western grebe in surf, cormorants in the Siuslaw River, plus the usual gaggle of crows and gulls. Scattered large balls of bull kelp, with individual strands of bull kelp, palm kelp, and rockweed scattered along Mile 171

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 5. 4 dead gulls, the 5th too far gone to ID

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Headless body of juvenile Steller sea lion (?). The body was covered with medium brown fur. Both the head and rear flippers were missing.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Scattered chunks of Moon Jelly all along the beach mile. A freshly washed-up large log was covered with dying Pelagic Goose Barnacles (photo)

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

May 18, 2020

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

October 19, 2019

Another nice Saturday afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach!

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Mile 171

Heceta Beach South, almost to North Jetty

September 6, 2019

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

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