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Why is so much plastic continuing to wash up on this beach as never before?


Temperature: 51 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.

Human Activities

Number of people: 74. Number of dogs: 16. Walking or running: 40. Playing in surf: 3. Playing in sand: 15. Sitting: 7. Other Activities: flying kites, 6. It's a little frightening seeing people, usually young men, climbing the unstable slide area of the big basalt rock at the north end of the beach.


Climbing bluffs/seastacks


Cars/trucks parking: 27.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. 2 oystercatchers (heads gone but wings and bright red legs intact) 2 unidentifiable downy feathered remains

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

a few crab, a few dozen sandcrab

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Lots of pulverized plastic bits continue to litter the driftline.

Man-made Modifications

New riprap or shoreline protection structures.

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

Actions & Comments

This week's bag of trash consisted predominantly of plastic: bottle tops, tubing in 6-8 inch lengths, bags, bottles, pieces of flat sheet, halves of hollow green 1" balls, syringes, bait containers, conical 8" sieves, several clumps of plastic melted into a wad, assorted bits, rubber shoe soles, and short lengths of half inch and quarter inch poly pro. lines.

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June 26, 2023

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