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Mile 199 Report
December 31, 2013
It was a nice, mild and windless morning.
It was a nice, mild and windless morning. Came down to take pictures of the King Tide but was surprised that it was so much lower than last night and the day before.About 3:15, I spotted the ATV on the beach again from our balcony (picture). It was on the beach yesterday too. It did not look official. It was driven by a woman with a child in the passenger side and a woman in the back seat. I have seen it go up and down the beach three more times as I am filing this report. Now there is a guy driving it with two different people in it. The guy in the back seat is flying a kite from there. I can't tell if it's coming from the north or south initially but I think north. I have not reported it because I do not know what the process is for that.There are a couple of large pieces of wood that look like they have been cut on. One older but another fairly fresh (picture). The surfaces were smooth indicating not much time in the weather/water. Likely taken for woodworking judging by how nice the chunk is.Along the base of the bank, some areas are dug out by wave action and others have had sand deposited against it. There are some larger logs partly buried or sitting on top of the sand. Can't tell if they have been exposed or recently deposited.Found two bird carcasses in yesterday's high water line. I am not able to identify (pictures). Found some other tufts of feathers but no skeletons.
Temperature: 49 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 1.5 feet.
Number of people: 10. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 6. Playing in surf: 4. Photography: 1. The ATV was civilian - had a driver and three passengers. It came from somewhere south.
Driftwood removalApparent violations: ATV on the beach.
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited: 1.
one seal in the surf.
Total dead birds: 2. I don't know bird species and did not think to look for leg bands.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
2 mole crab and numerous parts of crabs
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.
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It was a gorgeous sunny day after all the rain. The barnacle log that I have been observing for months is still on the beach.
These have not been the highest waves of the storm season so far but they are still moving rock and scouring sand from the base of un-rip rapped foredune.