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Mile 287 Report
January 26, 2014
All in all, a lovely, calm day on Mile 287.
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.
Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.
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.
Cars/trucks parking: 35.
Watched a northern harrier soaring in the air, hunting behind the fore dune.
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.
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
sand accretion at highest levels observed in many years
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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.