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A beautiful Tuesday afternoon and not a soul on the beach! Almost all the Japanese tsunami debris reported on May 11 is now gone, except for a few stretches where there is a proliferation of tiny plastic pieces along the wrack line. Don't know if there has been a cleanup or if it's due to tidal action. Spotted 10 turkey vultures standing in the sand (very unusual) and went to investigate - turned out to be a seal pup carcass.

Conditions

Temperature: 61 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.

Human Activities

65+ people on beach north of Siletz River outlet, but we did not walk that part

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Notable Wildlife

Estimate of 150 harbor seals in their usual spot at the tip of Salishan Spit.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. Common murre

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Harbor seal pup; 150 yards from water; dead

Driftline Content

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

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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As nice a summer day as we get here on the coast.

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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After a winter and spring of horrible weather, we finally got out to survey our mile on a mild day.

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

November 20, 2022

Sunny, calm day.

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

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Found a dead sea lion on the beach at beach access #50.

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

July 31, 2022

A warm calm summer's day.

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Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay

March 28, 2022

Lots of gulls and several seals playing in the surf.

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