Report Details

All in all, a lovely, calm day on Mile 287. There were lots of folks out enjoying the sunshine and calm, warm weather. Although tracks of horses were visible on the beach, and there were two trucks/horse trailers in the parking lot, no one was observed riding. Sand levels are as high as they've been since I began observing the mile, and the stump used as reference for sand depth is now completely buried. There are several places on the northern half of the mile where there is evidence of waves overtopping the foredune at high tide, possibly in part as a result of the high sand levels. No new depositions of Japanese tsunami debris were observed. The only notable 'wildlife' was the deposition of large numbers of small, clear, round jellyfish in the driftline. We also found a heavy metal windlass at the very northernmost end of the mile, still attached to fiberglass boat material and deposited near the high tide line. It was so heavy there was no way it could have floated there on the relatively small piece of fiberglass to which it was still attached, so it was somewhat puzzling how it might have been moved onto the shore.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 25. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 19. Sitting: 6. Such a gorgeous sunny day that it seemed more like summer than winter. Folks were out on the beach in summer numbers, too, clearly taking advantage of the unseasonably warm, dry weather.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 35.

Notable Wildlife

Watched a northern harrier soaring in the air, hunting behind the fore dune.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. immature gull

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Large quantities of small round (1/4-1/2" diameter), clear/transparent jellyfish being deposited on beach by outgoing tide (sea gooseberry/comb jellies?). Also larger than usual number of smaller lion's mane and moon jellyfish (3-5" diameter) being deposited in driftline as well.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. piece of fiberglass boat material with heavy metal windlass attached to it deposited a near high tide line at north end of mile

Natural Changes

sand accretion at highest levels observed in many years

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Mile 287

September 16, 2023

A lovely, busy day at the beach on this sunny, late summer SOLVE clean up day.

C Nelson

Mile 287

July 4, 2023

An absolutely gorgeous summer day -- warm, clear, sunny, light breeze.

C Nelson

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Mile 287

April 22, 2023

We were disappointed that the SOLVE beach clean-ups have not been re-initiated following the pandemic, so decided to do our own.

C Nelson

Mile 287

January 22, 2023

The primary purpose of this visit was to observe the impact of the last of this winters king tides.

C Nelson

Mile 287

January 13, 2023

Remarkably clear smooth sand with small amount of driftwood pushed high up the beach.

JuliaH

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Mile 287

December 12, 2022

A pleasant December afternoon.

C Nelson

Mile 287

April 6, 2022

A pleasant, partly cloudy spring day.

C Nelson

Mile 287

February 17, 2022

A quiet day at the beach - just a handful of folks strolling along the shoreline, only one of whom had a dog with them.

C Nelson