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Mile 95 Report
November 2, 2007
I accessed the beach from the north end of Roaring Surf Lane trail.
I accessed the beach from the north end of Roaring Surf Lane trail. New River was about 8 inches deep, walked south along New River to the end of Bandon State Park and crossed the dunes to the ocean. I then walked north to the New River and Two Mile Creek convergence and exit to the ocean. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, and ocean-based debris in driftline. Northern Elephant Seal at high tide line on beach. It weighed about 80 lb and showed labored breathing. Low human impact (0).
Temperature: 58 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.
Apparent violations: None.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
One Northern Elephant Seal lying in the high tide area on it's side.It's color was light tan and weighed about 80 pounds.It had labored breathing, but offered enough resistance to keep the Gulls away
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. See notable wildlife above.Reported to the Bilderbacks and sent pictures for identification.Diane identified as a Northern Elephant Seal
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks.
Evidence of wave overtopping.
Actions & Comments
No problem, this is normal.
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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.
Beach fairly clean, occasional pieces of bull kelp and a frilly kelp on the wet sand.
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.
Saw one pinniped in the surf and found a dead Steller's Sea Lion about eight feet long on the dry sand.
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.
Driftline very clean, no jellies, less than a dozen pieces of mussel and crab shells, some small wood pieces, virtually no seaweed.