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This beach has not been surveyed since 2019 for Oregon Shores, since 2020 for COASST.  I thought I would do a survey for both organizations since the news of 2 whales washing up, located by the wreckof the Peter Iredale: a juvenile sperm whale and a baby gray whale.Nice day, 47 degrees, no or very little breeze. 68 people counted walking the beach and viewing whales. Six cars driving on the beach (in unarthorized areas). One person flying a drone over the sperm whale, one person getting out of his pickup and started controlling a remote controlled toy pickup.7 beached birds found: 1 Common Murre & 6 Cassin's Auklets  The whales were found and reported, before my survey.The plastic litter was a terrible mess up and down the mile...located in the wrack, bare and wood zones....I've never seen anything like it.

Conditions

Temperature: 47 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 8.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 68. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 68. Other Activities: Walking up and down the mile...lots observing the two beached whales.. 6 cars on the beach (not authorized) one guy flying a drone of the Sperm whale and one other guy getting a remote control toy pickup out of his truck ( on the beach) and playing with it.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 46. Cars/trucks on beach, prohibited: 6.

Notable Wildlife

40 sanderlings in surf zone 1 crow flying

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 7.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 2. 1 Juvenile sperm whale 1 baby gray whale. Both located close to the Peter Iredale wreckage in the High Zone. Officials are aware and have placed signs around the baby whale to stay away, but people are disregarding the sign.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Shells, Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam. All up and down the mile. Heavy plastic pollution in the wrack and bare and wood zones.

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All Mile 336 Reports

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Mile 336

September 20, 2023

Beach looked really nice not a lot of people or litter.

MatthewsE

Mile 336

September 7, 2023

Very busy day at the beach and about the end of tourist season.

RachelW

Mile 336

May 31, 2023

Beautiful day at the beach although crowded even at a non-peak time.

RachelW

Mile 336

January 19, 2023

This beach has not been surveyed since 2019 for Oregon Shores, since 2020 for COASST.

MatthewsE

Mile 336

July 24, 2019

Another fantastic day for debris surveys at the Peter Iredale.

ParkroseUCC

Mile 336

March 29, 2019

We came across this flock of approximately 3,100 Dunlin a bit south of the Iredale wreck in Fort Stevens State Park.

Merce and Michael

Mile 336

February 18, 2019

The Peter Iredale shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park, from shortly after wrecking in October, 1906, to the February 18, 2019, maximum king tide.

Merce and Michael

Mile 336

July 18, 2018

Pictures of barnacle covered pallet and suspected crab molt- exuvia 

ParkroseUCC