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Mile 287 Report
August 15, 2019
Warm, sunny summer afternoon that would have almost seemed too warm if it weren't for a strong breeze; surprising that there were only a few folks visiting.
Warm, sunny summer afternoon that would have almost seemed too warm if it weren't for a strong breeze; surprising that there were only a few folks visiting. Summer sand accumulations have completely filled in previously eroded sections of foredune. Not much trash on beach, only carried out one small bag of litter. Most notable observation was the massive number of dungeness crab and pacific mole crab exoskeletons littering the drift line, the majority of which were of smaller size crabs. Presume the die-off is evidence of warmer ocean temperatures and reduced oxygen levels in seawater off the coast - sobering to consider the long term consequences to overall crab populations.
Temperature: 73 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 5.5 feet.
Number of people: 10. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 8. Other Activities: 2 riding horses and leading a 3rd horse.. Surprisingly few folks out on a lovely summer afternoon.
Cars/trucks parking: 7.
Total dead birds: 2. Both carcasses had been scavenged, but likely were common murres. No leg bands or other identifiers.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Unusual concentration. Hundreds of Dungeness crab exoskeletons on beach, significantly more than what are usually present; most were shells of smaller size crabs. Also noted larger than usual accumulation of pacific mole crab exoskeletons.
Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces.
Summer sand accumulations have filled in many of the eroded areas of the foredune.
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A lovely, busy day at the beach on this sunny, late summer SOLVE clean up day.
An absolutely gorgeous summer day -- warm, clear, sunny, light breeze.
We were disappointed that the SOLVE beach clean-ups have not been re-initiated following the pandemic, so decided to do our own.
The primary purpose of this visit was to observe the impact of the last of this winters king tides.
Remarkably clear smooth sand with small amount of driftwood pushed high up the beach.