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All in all it was quiet, cloudy weather probably keeping people from visiting - that and there were more action-packed places to see the King Tide in action. We didn't spend too much time because we were going to hit Mile 48 and knew the tide was coming in fast. As noted in the debris section, the "pocket beach" on the north side of Battle Rock had a lot more trash than the rest of the Port Beach, far too much to clean before the tide rushed up.

Conditions

Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 3.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 6. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 6. Other Activities: (4 visitors besides the two of us making this report.). Very quiet for activity - only one family of 4 with their dog, walking and kids playing.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1. RVs/Buses parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Just a few birds (seagulls) on the sand, a few undetermined birds in water beyond the surf line.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 7. 4 unknown, 1 gray seagull, 2 common muir.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam. Saw a metal ladder on the southernmost edge before the rocky point of land blocks the beach from easy access. The main port beach was fairly clean of trash and debris, but the "pocket beach" on the north side of Battle Rock had lots of plastics, pellets, and land debris like plastic bottles, etc. and of course lots of driftwood, some quite large.

Natural Changes

Invasive ice plants appear to be really taking over at top of dunes and on rocks around the port.

Actions & Comments

Picked up a few items of debris/trash, but didn't have time to be thorough since we were working to finish before the King Tide covered the beaches.

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Small sample of the debris on the tide line on the "pocket beach."
Rolled tube of some kind of plastic sheet found on the pocket beach, and removed.
Large stump might be new to the pocket beach
Invasive ice plants taking over on the rocks by the port.
Metal ladder, and sand washed away from rocks
One of the dead birds we found - most of my other photos are too large to upload.
Large wad of kelp, complete with anchors and holdfasts, probably torn loose in the King Tide.
Look north at the port from the south end of the beach, only a couple hours after low tide
Rocky point on southernmost end of main port beach, rocks exposed from sand being washed away

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Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

May 16, 2024

Velella velella in piles with the logs high in the sand.

Peggy Grimes

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

March 16, 2024

Not much trash and minimal people activity, especially given what a beautiful day it was.

Kristi Cramer

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

November 24, 2023

Never seen so many dead birds on this small beach.

JaneSkipLegacy

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

August 18, 2023

Signs of fairly recent bonfires, about 4-6 different piles.

Skip-Jane-Legacy

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

May 13, 2023

All was quiet on the beaches.

JaneSkipLegacy

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

March 11, 2023

During a brief respite from rain, I found the Port busy withdrawing a boat from the harbor.

Skip-Jane-Legacy

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

November 18, 2022

A quiet, sunny day on the beach.

JaneSkipLegacy

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 49

Graveyard Point, Port, Harbor, Battle Rock

August 20, 2022

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach.

Skip-Jane-Legacy