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A hazy/foggy day with a cold, stiff breeze from the north. Cool enough with the wind to make my hooded ears hurt. An unusual amount of washed up mussels on the beach. Literally thousands of them perhaps as many as 10,000 -- normally there might be three or four in this stretch. The highest concentration of mussels was just south of 15th Street (within 1/3 mile)with the next highest concentration just north of Canyon Drive (within 1/4 mile). Also, there was more beach junk from shoes to broken plastic chairs to socks to aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Plus there were still traces of firework trash from the 4th of July. Generally this was the trashiest I ever seen mile 242. Between Canyon Drive and D River, there was a small amount of small sea weed which I had never observed before. Can't tell about between D River and 15th Street since my attention was drawn to the large concentration of mussels.

Conditions

Temperature: 57 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of dogs: 8. Walking or running: 81. Playing in surf: 16. Playing in sand: 12. Sitting: 32. Photography: 1. Other Activities: kite flying-3.

Concerns

Litter

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 57. RVs/Buses parking: 2. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 5.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. One small shore bird of some kind

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Thousands of mussels --- perhaps up to 10,000

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.).

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Mile 242

February 2, 2024

We found some type of plant tuber, four total, North of D Sands. Graffiti was noted on a boulder north of D Sands. Of the dead birds, 51 were south of D Sands, and 10 were north. Our team collected a 3-gallon bag of marine debris.

Maureen Foelkl

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 242

March 8, 2020

Was a sunny day at the beach today.

Bluewater

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 242

July 21, 2019

I did not get any pictures as my camera is not working correctly at the moment.

Bluewater

Mile 242

February 17, 2019

It was a pretty calm day at the beach.

Bluewater

Mile 242

October 14, 2018

Today was perfect beach weather.

Bluewater

Mile 242

May 26, 2018

It was a nice sunny day even though it was fairly windy.

Bluewater

Mile 242

March 24, 2018

For it being a rainy first day of spring break the beaches were pretty busy.

Bluewater

Mile 242

January 14, 2018

It was very noticable since I surveyed in october that the "D" river was flowing straight into the ocean.

Bluewater