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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. Because the beach is fairly inaccessible (unless you come in from the North on horseback) it is usually pristine and free of any human garbage. I found quite a bit of trash this time though, some of which appears to be Japanese tsunami debris. Items included three different types of foam floats (no markings, but typical Japanese), water bottles of an unusual shape, very large beer bottles (thin brown glass, 50+ oz.) and many liquor bottles with Japanese characters stamped into the glass. I also found several very large incandescent light bulbs, and a large animal skull—perhaps a horse. These are all high-windage items, so it makes sense that they might be among the first bits of tsunami debris to wash up on this mile. I did not have my camera with me on this hike, but I brought back several small floats and one of the bottles with Japanese characters stamped on the bottom. Tsunami debris has been reported to NOAA. Snowy plover nesting area has been marked and cordoned off. It appears to be undisturbed and is above the debris field.

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Litter

Notable Wildlife

various, in flight

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Crab shells--females thrown back by crabbers?

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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. Japanese tsunami debris

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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.

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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