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Mile 255 Report
April 17, 2022
Infestation of crab parts in one stretch of beach.
Infestation of crab parts in one stretch of beach. More than usual number of whole dead crabs most of the mile. The amount of trash was less than minimal: one small piece of styrofoam, one small piece of a broken bottle, one piece of what appeared to be fishing line, one piece of bottle-top plastic, and several small pieces of plastic. I removed all of it.I walked this beach about 10 days ago, and again at the northern-most boundary of what is known as North Neskowin, the water contained what I would call "red algae." It was a stretch of the water about 100 yards wide and very noticeable.
Temperature: 40 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: S.
Number of people: 9. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 7. Sitting: 2.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Unusual concentration. At the northern-most end of what is known as North Neskowin, there was a section of beach about 25 feet wide near the water line which contained a massive amount of crab parts. It was what I would call an infestation, and it made me think of perhaps a crab boat dumping something in the water that ended up on the beach. I have walked this particular beach regularly for two years, and I have never seen anything like this. In addition, there were more whole dead crabs on my entire mile than I've ever noticed in the past.
Wood pieces, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.).
Dune modification/removal. People continue to create new access points to the beach from the dunes.
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Apparent crab exuvia - lots of Dungeness crab shells along the high-tide line and in the shallow mini-lagoons formed at low tide.
Juvenile bald eagle flew northbound just before the sighting of the gull.
We have been monitoring this section of beach for over 10 years now.