Report Details

Driftline very clean, no jellies, less than a dozen pieces of mussel and crab shells, some small wood pieces, virtually no seaweed. At least five pinnipeds swimming in New River near its mouth. New River continues to eat into the dune on the north side of its mouth. Evidence of wave sovertopping the foredune. No people (save us), no foot prints or vehicle tracks.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 3. Photography: 1. When we got to where I think mile 95 begins, the number of places where the ocean had overtopped the dunes become more common and the dunes less frequent and shorter. As we approached the mouth of the New River the amount of large driftwood on the dry sand increased although I don’t think there was a much as during the Fall of 2010. There was one stretch of perhaps fifty yards of gravel about the size of grains of rice. The slope of the sand was consistent and between ten and twenty degrees. The wet sand was clean, no jellies, few shell fragments . But I found pieces of gorse, some with the distinctive yellow flowers. There were occasional rocks around the size of golf balls in the wet sand. When we reached the mouth of the New River, we found some sort of pinnipeds swimming in the river. At first I thought the little heads were river otters, but as we watched I decided that perhaps we were seeing young and adult seals or sea lions. They appeared to be studying us quizzically. At one point five heads were out of the water at the same time. Twice they made a splash in the water, otherwise they were quiet. We retrieved four crab floats (one from the bark Fishon and the other from _____) and a string of little white floats, something we have not seen before. I also retrieved one Ziplock baggie. There was one automobile tire on the dry sand. At one point there were small pieces of wood, about the size of match sticks or toothpicks, on the wet sand, but otherwise, the wet sand was remarkably clear. At the mouth of the New River there was a cool breeze, between five and ten miles an hour. The sky became somewhat more overcast. The sand was fairly warm underfoot, the ocean water was cold but not frigid and the river water was cool. When we reached our starting point at the beginning of what I think is mile 94, it was nearly noon.

Concerns

Apparent violations: None.

Notable Wildlife

At least five pinnipeds, perhaps a dozen, swimming in the New River near the mouth.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

None

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Man-made Modifications

None

Natural Changes

Evidence of wave overtopping. New River continues to eat into the dune on the north side of its mouth.

Actions & Comments

We brought back four regular crab floats and a string of small ones.

Share this post

All Mile 95 Reports

Showing 8 of 14 reports

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

November 23, 2013

Unusual number of people, saw what we took to be a family of three walking south along the west bank of the New River and a fisherman, first seen walking north, then in the water at the mouth of the New River fishing.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

June 19, 2013

Beach fairly clean, occasional pieces of bull kelp and a frilly kelp on the wet sand.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

November 4, 2012

Saw a large pelican with an injured wing and at least three (but probably more) pinnipeds in the New River near where it joins the sea.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

September 18, 2011

Saw one pinniped in the surf and found a dead Steller's Sea Lion about eight feet long on the dry sand.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

May 22, 2011

Saw what appeared to be perhaps a dozen Harbor Seals in the surf at the mouth of the New River and several solitary ones and one pair we took to be a mother and pup further south.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

April 3, 2011

Driftline very clean, no jellies, less than a dozen pieces of mussel and crab shells, some small wood pieces, virtually no seaweed.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

October 29, 2010

Two guys with two fishing rods on ATV.

John Hull

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 95

April 25, 2010

No people save ourselves.

John Hull