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Human Activities: Most people were just walking the beach. I only observed one women with her child climbing a bluff. I observed a few people flying kites, playing football, and a few riding bikes. Although I did not see it happen it was obvious that there had been additional vandalism in an area I had previously observed (picture attached), and additional graffiti on the bluffs but I did not observe anyone doing this.Shoreline Wildlife: Numerous dead jellyfish (30+), far more than usual. There was a whale vertebrae on shore but it had no meat left on it. I observed an old skeleton of a seal or sea lion that did not have any flesh left on it, and no skull (but I believe this was north of my mile, in mile 222). There was far more kelp on the beach than normal. I observed a lot of sea foam with colors that led me to believe there was a great deal of oil in the water. (picture attached)Physical Changes: There is a great deal of erosion, especially south of the State Park beach access. Road debris (concrete & asphalt) falling from above. (pictures attached) This is worse each time I do my survey.So much plastic debris. Especially microplastic. But very little that appeared to be from visitors to the beach.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 45. Number of dogs: 10. Walking or running: 34. Playing in surf: 6. Playing in sand: 2. Sitting: 2. Fishing: 1. Other Activities: Flying kites, riding bikes. Most people were behaving nicely. Only saw 1 women and a child climbing the bluff.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Apparent violations: Carving on bluffs.

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 10. RVs/Buses parking: 2.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). A very large amount of kelp and dead jellyfish.

Man-made Modifications

Graffiti & vandalism (carving) in the bluffs.

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff.

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Mile 223

January 28, 2024

Quiet early Sunday morning.

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decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

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August 2, 2023

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Mile 223

February 13, 2022

Probably less people on the beach than a usual low tide mid-Feb afternoon, due to cold, overcast, windy conditions, plus it was the Super Bowl.

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Mile 223

October 3, 2021

Beach access area has been repaired and access is easier than before.

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Mile 223

January 17, 2021

Severe damage to the beach access area from a recent storm.

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Mile 223

September 26, 2020

Human Activities: Most people were just walking the beach.

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Mile 223

October 6, 2019

Photos show damage from erosion and vandalism.

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Mile 223

May 18, 2019

The weather was not conducive to a lot of beach activity on this day.

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