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Mile 219 Report
March 4, 2008
Beach appeared very clean- not even much driftwood.
Beach appeared very clean- not even much driftwood. The Common Murres are back at Yaquina Head. The Hatfield Marine Science researchers were at Yaquina Head counting returning gray whales and recording their distance from shore in a preliminary study to determine where the whales travel. This data will help determine what impact wave energy stations might have on the whales. Good news- they saw 7 before noon, so they're back!
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.
Number of people: 26. Walking or running: 1. Other Activities: sightseeing at LH.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 12.
Lots of Common Murres on the rocks at Yaquina Head
Total dead birds: 2. saw 2 badly decomposed birds that appeared to be northern fulmars- one had a yellow zip tie on it's wing and the other had a purple zip tie
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). some rope which I picked up- nothing much else
Actions & Comments
picked up small section of rope
All Mile 219 Reports
Report finds no unusual developments or observations at this location and no new causes for concern were identified.
It has been a beautiful, calm morning at Yaquina Head with low wind and one visitor.
It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly.
It was a chilly, cloudy/foggy Monday morning so there were only a handful of visitors in the park, none of whom were on the beach.