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Primary focus on this date was sea star population and wasting. I'm not often on beach at low tide, but saw many sea stars 06/04/14 at 0.4 that appeared healthy. This visit 6/17/14 showed more evidence of sea star wasting at NW 15th St tidal pools in Lincoln City. See photos. Tourists were commenting on the disease as they'd heard on NPR that morning, and bringing examples.Mussel population appeared strong. Will wasting disease affect the balance?

Conditions

Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: -0.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 78. Number of dogs: 9. Walking or running: 25. Playing in surf: 7. Playing in sand: 7. Sitting: 2. Photography: 3. Tidepooling: 34. ATV was trailered, did not see it in use on beach, but trailer was in allowed area. Saw a few folks climbing seastacks near 21st St NW as tide was so low.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 5. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 15. ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed: 1.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Not on this day, but saw two dead seals and reported them in May.

Driftline Content

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

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