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A quiet day on mile 299. Recent winds had scoured beach so not much debris of any kind. The recent invasion of "salps" wasn't very obvious now. Most had washed away. photos to follow


Temperature: 70 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 6.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 33. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 30. Playing in surf: 3. Playing in sand: 4. Sitting: 3. Photography: 15. Other Activities: kite flying. people were just enjoying a nice day at the beach.....


Apparent violations: none.

Notable Wildlife

no mammals, one pelagic cormorant, five Calf gulls, migrating birds too far out to see

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. probably dead Canada Goose

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. a few remains of our earlier invasion of 'salps" or "pelagic tunicates" (jelly-like capsules which feed on plankton and float on ocean's currents). Earlier in the week much of the length of Manzanita Beach was covered with these creatures. luckily they mostly floated away before beginning to smell too much.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Small rocks.

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal. more bulldozing of sand away from dunes in front of houses. This time within a few hundred yards of mile 299 north end

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Mile 299

November 22, 2023

A mild and pleasant day on Manzanita’s expansive beach. Photo 1: Runners are backlit by hazy sunshine that accents the shimmering highlights of the wet sand and low waves. Photo 2: This lion’s mane jelly measured 7” across and washed up on the beach without its tentacles but otherwise intact. Photo 3: A tiny uncarved pumpkin at water’s edge brings recent Halloween decorations to mind.

Christine Pendergrass

Mile 299

August 4, 2023

Summer in Manzanita was in full swing.


Mile 299

April 24, 2023

I had the beach practically to myself on this mild day in April with the exception of a family building an elaborate teepee from driftwood.


Mile 299

January 26, 2023

Only 6 people and 1 dog noted.


Mile 299

September 26, 2022

33 people and 10 dogs were enjoying the beach on this early fall day in Manzanita.


Mile 299

August 14, 2022

After many months without any dead birds on Manzanita's beach, 13 dead birds were found.


Mile 299

April 25, 2022

The weather was divine on this spring day with 60 degrees, calm winds and abundant sunshine.


Mile 299

January 24, 2022

33 people and 4 dogs noted on a calm day in mid-January.