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I walked the mile today primarily to look for tar balls and oiled birds and wildlife as requested. I focused on the current water line debris and the high tide line debris, especially the area near the river where I noticed a number of dead murres had collected in debris over the winter. I noted neither tar balls nor wildlife affected but the oil. There were two dead birds, but I did not note any oil residue. There was one dead starfish and one dead fish. I noticed fresh vehicle tracks on the beach. No new erosion and no unusual debris noted. No unusual activity noted.

Conditions

Temperature: 54 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 1. Sitting: 8. Noted one set of vehicle tracks. Can be seen in photos.

Notable Wildlife

Typical numbers of crows and seagulls - 5 crows. 4 seagulls.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. Appeared to be 1 small shorebird (plover?) and one seagull. For both, the remains had been torn apart - see photos.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

1 sea star - see photo. It is the third dead sea star I have noted on the beach in Rockaway this spring, although the other two were noted south of this mile. 1 small dead fish - see photo.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces. Walked the wrack line, both current and high tide line, looking for injured or decreased oil-covered birds or oil balls, noting none.

New Development

Nothing noted.

Man-made Modifications

Nothing new noted.

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Manhattan Beach, State Wayside

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Manhattan Beach, State Wayside

June 11, 2019

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