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We thought it would be foggy on the beach, given the weather the past few days, but it turned out clear and sunny.  Persistent chilly north wind, though.  The harbor seal colony was a little closer to the mouth of the Siletz River than normal, but all grouped together.  Social distancing is not a thing with them.  Estimated 150 seals or more in the group.  Saw several crystal jellies stranded in the sand at the edge of the rivermouth.  Very little trash ... we picked up 5 small items.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 2.2 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 10. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 7. Playing in sand: 3. Looking across the mouth of the Siletz, we counted 130 people or more and 7 dogs on Taft beach, but did not walk that side. Two parties with dogs were walking at the end of the spit near the harbor seal colony but both appeared to be aware of the cautions to keep their distance.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 5.

Notable Wildlife

150+ harbor seals at the tip of the Salishan Spit

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt).

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Mile 239

Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Mile 239

Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Mile 239

Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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