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A nice afternoon to be out on the beach but I was stunned by the amount of plastic debris at the high tide line. Many small plastic bits ... other larger pieces that were obviously part of a container, like a laundry basket ... also entire large containers such as baskets, soft-sided tubs, gasoline cans, bottles. It was constant for the entire mile. We did our CoastWatch walk one month ago and NONE of this was here. I felt bad I had forgotten to bring a debris-collection bag with me but I could not have collected 1/100th of one percent of what was there. I have only been in CoastWatch for a short while but we have lived here for over seven years and occasionally walk this strip of beach. Normally there is very little plastic to pick up. This is no doubt evidence of Japanese tsunami debris. I photographed a few items printed with Japanese characters which I will attach.

Conditions

Temperature: 61 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 4.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 16. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 8. Playing in sand: 2. Sitting: 6. 125+ people counted on the north side of the mouth of the Siletz, but I did not walk that side.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 8.

Notable Wildlife

Harbor seal colony in normal location at tip of Salishan Spit.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2.

Driftline Content

Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea).

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