Report Details

This survey was conducted by Sitka Center Team Members Nancy, Sadie and Cole. The beach was unoccupied by others during our time there. We noted a high concentration of molted crab shells in the wrack line, a bald eagle flying overhead, an lack of large debris, a fair amount of hard plastics in the wrack line smaller than 2cm (which we removed from the beach), and a dead sea lion carcass. The crecent shaped beach area at the south end of Mile 247 was inaccessable at this time due to the level of the sand. The dead sea lion was reported to Jim Rice.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 3. Walking or running: 3. Tidepooling: 3.

Notable Wildlife

We saw high concentrations of mussels, gooseneck barnacles. We also observed a Bald Eagle flying overhead.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Sea lion (dead) present during the previous survey is in the same location (north of the marine debris survey site, halfway between the tide line and the back barrier of sand dunes). Information about the remaining carcass and its location was sent to Jim Rice and he responded that "It appears that scavengers have been making good use of it."

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

There was a high concentration of molted crab shells in the wrack line.

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea).

Report Images

The ocean view from Mile 247
Debris removed from Mile 247
Mussels attached to a large rock at the south end of Mile 247, near the "keyhole" cave and surrounding cliff.
Sitka Team members walking and looking for debris at Mile 247
Sitka Team Members observe a sea lion carcass that has decomposed significantly since it was observed the previous month
Another view of the sea lion carcass decomposing at Mile 247

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Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

June 7, 2024

Trash and dead seal

Joan Mahler

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

March 15, 2024

Sitka Center team member Nancy and Sitka Center artists in residence Evan, Rose, Katrina, Tim, Maria and M accessed the site via kayak.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

February 16, 2024

Sitka Team members and Sitka Center artists in residence accessed Mile 247 via kayak, walked south taking observations of the beach mile and met Camp Westwind Team members near Mile 247's rocky habitat.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

January 19, 2024

This CoastWatch survey was conducted by Sitka Team member Nancy and 4 members of the Sitka Center 2024 resident cohort: Thomas, Erin, Christian and Fran.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

December 21, 2023

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology team members Nancy and Alison conducted this CoastWatch survey.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

October 30, 2023

During this survey there were no visible Ochre Sea Stars in the rocky habitat at the south end of Mile 247.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

September 14, 2023

As stated above, notable wildlife on the estuary side of the sand spit included 2 herons, 1 harbor seal and many small (approx.

SitkaCenter21

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

August 2, 2023

The group of 6 survey participants consisted of Sitka Center & CoastWatch staff, and community members.

SitkaCenter21