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Mile 234 Report
June 15, 2014
This Father's Day the combination of temperate weather and unusually low tides brought out many people to enjoy the coast.
This Father's Day the combination of temperate weather and unusually low tides brought out many people to enjoy the coast.North Fogarty Beach had many folks' pockets stuffed full of agates. We also met a fellow who was collecting garbage, and he showed us a "special" agate that he had found - a pretty perfect golf ball. We all had a laugh at that! We had the opportunity to introduce him to Oregon Shores, as well as discuss the wasting of sea stars.We'd heard about the mysterious disease affecting star fish from the Pacific Coast, but seeing it on our beach mile stunned us. Virtually every star we saw was affected. We have posted several photos of these dying creatures. Their loss is extremely sad.
Temperature: 54 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: -2.1 feet.
Number of people: 28. Walking or running: 28. Sitting: 1. Tidepooling: 3. Other Activities: Collecting garbage. Lots of people gathering agates during the very low tide.
Cars/trucks parking: 6.
Huge kelp beds were exposed during the low tide. The geology is fascinating - I wish that we knew more about the various rock formations.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Unusual concentration. Shocking is the only way to describe the wasting of the dozen or so star fish that we saw.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks.
Visible retreat of solid bluff.
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Some unattended digging dogs seemed troubling, and one thing to note was a lack of birds.
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A large concrete retaining wall collapsed last weekend (~Feb 27) endangering the stability of one home with others also vulnerable to further erosion.
The ocean became more "foamy" as the day progressed, *see photos.
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A few groups of people were enjoying the overcast yet bright day and the King Tide.