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Walked miles 172-174 from south to north, then cut across the dunes inland and followed Sutton Creek back out to the ocean. There is less debris on the beach than there has been over the last month or so, but I was still able to pick up three bags of litter--flat foam pieces, Japanese and Chinese water bottles and plastic beer bottles. There doesn’t seem to be much, if any, debris left in the dunes or along the creek at this point. Hard Styrofoam fishing floats of indeterminate origin were found on the beach—two large floats, one medium, two small. None of these had any markings, but they had clearly been in the water for a significant period of time as all of the paint was worn off. I found the float pictured below by itself on a pristine section of beach at the north end of mile 173. It is hard plastic, nearly a foot in diameter and weighs three and a half pounds. I initially assumed that the marking were Japanese, but it turns out that they are actually Chinese and indicate that the float belongs to the East China Seas Fisheries Research Institute, located in Shanghai, China. The East China Sea is south and west of Japan. I am starting to see a bit of bull kelp on the beach for the first time in a while. There is also a lot of crab molt going on right now. While the snowy plover nesting area appears undisturbed, several of the fence posts cordoning off the area have come down and need to be re-buried in the sand.

Conditions

Temperature: 75 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 2. In spite of the lower water level, no people were crossing Sutton Creek or using the beach on the north section of mile 173.

Concerns

Litter

Notable Wildlife

Seagulls, kelp, crab molt

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

crab molt--just shells, no whole crab

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. fishing floats

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Fence posts falling down around Snowy Plover nesting area.

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Mile 173

October 5, 2017

Hundreds of resting gulls, 8 humans 12 dogs-No humans encountered beyond the north of the creek mouth.

Ariana172

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Mile 173

November 16, 2012

It has been a couple of months since I have had time to visit my mile.

cheshire

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Mile 173

July 29, 2012

This is the first chance that I have had to walk this mile in several weeks.

cheshire

Mile 173

June 24, 2012

Walked miles 172-174 from south to north, then cut across the dunes inland and followed Sutton Creek back out to the ocean.

cheshire

Mile 173

June 7, 2012

The beach itself is cleaner than it has been, but there is quite a bit of debris that has blown into the dunes and into the area between the dunes and the brush on the north and west sides of Sutton Creek.

cheshire

Mile 173

May 10, 2012

Went back to Baker Beach, walking miles 172-176.

cheshire

Mile 173

May 8, 2012

I was able to cross the creek and check out the part of miles 173-174 North of Sutton Creek for the first time this year.

cheshire

Mile 173

April 23, 2012

Sutton Creek continues to migrate north, and the mouth of the creek has widened considerably.

cheshire