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Mile 217 Report
August 28, 2009
It was a cold, damp day.
It was a cold, damp day. The dunes on the Agate Beach end of Mile 217 were dryer than they were a month ago, and somewhat softened in outline. The beach was littered with piles of kelp, other algae, and sea grass, interspersed with stranded jellies. A few people, mostly walking dogs, were using the beach, but long stretches were completely deserted today. Please note: My past reports included a little more territory than they should have, going all the way to the Nye Beach Turnaround at the south end rather than ending a few blocks short of there. Beginning with this one, the southern boundary will be the correct one.
Number of people: 7. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 7. When I began my walk, it was cloudy and chilly. It became misty, and then rainy. There were few people. Most of my mile was deserted.
Apparent violations: Too many people have not cleaned up after their dogs..
Cars/trucks parking: 5.
I saw a whimbrel and a few gulls.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Unusual concentration. There were a great many jellies stranded on the beach. Some of the ones I saw appeared to be moon jellies--their medusas were fairly intact, and the purplish color of the gonads was visible in some. There were some about the same size or smaller that were clear in color, but I couldn't see what kind of jelly they were. There was also at least one sea nettle.
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, Wood pieces. There were many clumps of kelp and other algae and sea grass.
The sedentary rocks at Jumpoff Joe continue to erode rapidly.
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I took more photos of underside & tail of Pacific Ray (tentative ID) then I uploaded.
Tentative ID of a pacific ray on the beach lying in run off stream that, according to linked Google map segment, that is located a little north of NW 20th in Newport, OR.