Report Details

Unidentified species of whale that had been dead for quite a while and was in an advanced state of decomposition. Many gulls were feeding on it. Beach was relatively unchanged from last visit the previous September. There was an accumulation of litter that seemed typical after winter storms. Overall, the litter and debris was light, but it would be good to have a volunteer clean-up like SOLV does in the spring.

Conditions

Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S.

Human Activities

Number of people: 9. Walking or running: 4. Other Activities: 5 - Horseback riding.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 23.

Notable Wildlife

Along beach saw bald eagle, 100+ sanderlings, 40+ gulls (mostly Western), and a couple of surf scoters. On the bay side, saw common loons, buffleheads, grebes (Western and Clark's), double-crested cormorants, gulls, great blue herons, wrentits in the forest, and others.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Unidentified species of whale that had been dead for quite a while and was in an advanced state of decomposition. Many gulls were feeding on it.

Driftline Content

Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam.

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All Mile 288 Reports

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Mile 288

September 24, 2023

The weather is definitely turning.

SchankK

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 288

September 10, 2023

It was a beautifully calm, warm, sunny day along mile 288.

SchankK

Mile 288

January 29, 2023

There were 6 or more plovers and large accumulations of driftwood (both along the base and on top of the foredune cutbank).

SchankK

Mile 288

May 21, 2022

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny Saturday with a moderate north wind.

SchankK

Mile 288

January 17, 2022

It was great to see two separate families picking up beach trash/debris in the driftline from the most recent storms including in Mile 288!

SchankK

Mile 288

December 23, 2021

There was clear indications of active foredune erosion with visible cutbanks (see photo) and significant debris.

SchankK

Mile 288

February 24, 2015

Mid-winter day that seemed like spring.

YaakovM

Mile 288

October 2, 2014

Beautiful early fall afternoon.

YaakovM