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A sunny but somber morning on Mile 202, the ocean fairly calm after last week's storms, King Tides, and beach hazard warnings. Last Friday afternoon, a local resident, Toni Goessman, age 60, didn't return home from walking her two boxer dogs on the beach, and when one of her dogs returned home soaking wet, her husband reported her missing. That night her body was found by Search and Rescue in the surf at the mouth of Alsea Bay. Her other dog wasn't found. I didn't know Ms. Goessman, but I had noticed her in the past on Mile 202, walking with her boxers along the waters edge like the people are doing in the attached photos. As one of the reports of Ms. Goessman's death stated, "Large 'sneaker waves' are common along Oregon beaches. The closer walkers get to the water, the greater the danger."

Conditions

Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Tide Level: 3.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 10. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 10.

Notable Wildlife

Approximately 18 wintering Western Snowy Plovers, mid portion of Mile 202

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Styrofoam. Animal casings were three Big Skate egg casings. Area near Alsea Bay was covered with driftwood and debris, more from Alsea River than ocean. On Waldport Facebook page, a man had reported that his dock floated away and that he was trying to locate it before the styrofoam on it broke up. Judging by the many small styrofoam bits among the debris near the bay, he didn't find his dock in time.

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Visible retreat of solid bluff. The recent storms have cut into portions of the dunes. Today, like last year at this time, a Bobcat was scooping up sand from around the houses on Oceania Drive and dumping it over the edge of the dunes.

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A beautifully calm, sunny day, maybe the last for awhile, with a fifteen mile view from Seal Rock to Cape Perpetua and hardly anyone on the beach except for two surf fishers and a couple valiantly trying to launch a kite with no wind.

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Mile 202

August 30, 2023

As I began yesterday's mile walk and monthly COASST beached bird survey, a light rain began to fall, the first in months.

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Mile 202

July 23, 2023

As I have done before, I combined today's walk with my monthly COASST survey for dead seabirds.

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Mile 202

May 16, 2023

The beach was fairly cool today after 99 degrees two days ago.

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Mile 202

March 14, 2023

This was my second monthly beached bird survey for COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) which I combined with my mile walk.

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Mile 202

February 23, 2023

A dead certacean was reported to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network to be on the beach in Bayshore Oregon by Beach Entrance 67d.

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Mile 202

February 15, 2023

Today's walk included my first COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) survey for beached birds.

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