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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.

Conditions

Temperature: 73 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 5.5 feet.

Human Activities

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.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 7.

Beached Birds

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.

Driftline Content

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

Natural Changes

Summer sand accumulations have filled in many of the eroded areas of the foredune.

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