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With exception of large quantities of marine debris, conditions and human activities were typical of prior visits. Most notable about this visit was the extent of likely tsunami-related marine debris that was washed up along the mile. There were extensive deposits of objects marked with Japanese symbols (gas cans, plastic bins/basktes, plastic and glass bottles, plastic packaging, shoes/shoe parts, several different types of light bulbs, land-based timbers and building materials, refrigerator doors, bait holders, medication containers, pump action bottles, a TV monitor, even a toothbrush), as well as items that were not marked with Japanese characters but appeared to have been in the water for extensive periods of time, including fishing line, floats, buoys, plastic jugs, foam of all types, small plastic pellets, automobile tires. Several of these objects, including two large fishing floats and 3 automobile tires, were covered with a barnacle resembling a common goose barnacle (see attached photos). We had visited with the intention of carrying out any trash we encountered, but there was simply too much debris for that to be possible. We hauled out two bags of trash, and also created 5 piles of debris along the mile (above the high tide line on the foredune) in the hopes that someone authorized to bring a vehicle on the beach could pick up the debris and transport it to a dump site.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 21. Number of dogs: 8. Walking or running: 12. Playing in sand: 4. Sitting: 4. Other Activities: 1 horseback rider. Peaceful, dry day at the beach. Most folks were visiting for the day; one couple was tenting for the night.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 22.

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.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. very large amounts of marine debris, much of it with Japanese markings

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September 16, 2023

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

C Nelson

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July 4, 2023

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

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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.

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January 22, 2023

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

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January 13, 2023

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

JuliaH

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December 12, 2022

A pleasant December afternoon.

C Nelson

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April 6, 2022

A pleasant, partly cloudy spring day.

C Nelson

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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