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Mile 291 Report
January 28, 2017
Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature.
Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature. The tide was almost at its highest point. Several people were walking around the beach, enjoying the sand and playing in the waves. It was apparent that the shoreline had been greatly impacted by the recent king tides. Driftwood and debris that had previously been located lower on the shoreline had been pushed up onto the ridge above, roughly 5-10 feet. This made our trash collection efforts much more difficult as the footing was unpredictable. We successfully removed 4 bags of litter, a destroyed crab pot, and a small boat buoy. Much to my disdain there was a considerable amount of styrofoam pellets all over the beach. These were next to impossible to completely remove as they averaged in size from a quarter to the end of a pen and blanketed almost the entire mile.
Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S.
Number of people: 40. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 40. Playing in surf: 10.
LitterApparent violations: As always there was a fair amount of litter along the coastline. We did our due diligence in removing as much as we could..
There was not very much wildlife along the mile today. Only a small handful, maybe 4-6 gulls. Very few crustaceans and mollusks had washed up in the drift line.
Total dead birds: 1. We only came upon one dead bird today. I'm not sure of its species, but you can find a picture attached to this report.
Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Very few shells today in comparison to the usual amount. There was a ton of tiny pieces of styrofoam all over the beach today, much more than usual. Additionally, there was the same standard plastic pellets as there always is. We also came across and removed a small boat buoy and a destroyed crab pot.
Evidence of wave overtopping.
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Widened to beach access could increase king tide current flow toward homes.
Significant erosion at Pine Beach Loop and North Magruder during November/December King tides.
3 groups of Snowy Plovers feeding a the water's edge, approx 120 birds between Twin Rocks and Watseco.
I was mistaken in identifying murlettes - they are immature common murres.