Report Details

Kelp/algae, shells, crab carapaces (molt and dead), small rocks, a sea star and broken sand dollars, large amounts of pieces of Lion's Mane Jellies and a few Velella velella in driftline. Two dead Steller's Sea Lion pups, and one dead Salmon Shark on beach. Four dead Common Murre and 1 dead Pelagic Cormorant. Two live Caspian Terns resting on beach. Sand being removed from beach. Slope from 8 to 13 degrees topped by a two-foot sand cliff. Some ocean-based debris (plastic and Chlorox bottles)on beach. Low human impact (1)-Snowy Plover researcher.

Conditions

Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 1. Other Activities: Snowy Plover biologist.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 5. 4 Common Murre and 1 Pelagic Cormorant

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 2. 2 Steller's Sea pup

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. One Salmon Shark. Both dead and molted crab carapaces.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks.

Man-made Modifications

Sand removal. Beach slope from 8 to 13 degrees, portions with small 2 foot sand cliff.

Actions & Comments

Postelsia, Fucus, Nereocystis knots, Egregia, Halsoaccion, Cystoseira, Ulva, Eelgrass (Zostera) and Surf grass (Phyllospadix). One sea star, broken sand dollars, large amounts of pieces of Lion's Mane Jellies (Cyanea capillata) and a few Velella velella in driftline. Some ocean-based debris-plastic and clorox bottles.

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August 23, 2015

Report from Diane and Dave BilderbackHere on the south coast, we have been having a wash up of a pelagic purple tunicate, Dolioletta gegenbauri, that at times causes a deep purple wash on the beach and also has colored small sand pools.

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December 8, 2013

A nearly nonexistent driftline with just a few small rocks.

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June 9, 2013

Shells, small rocks, pieces of jellies, broken Sand Dollars, a few Hydrozoa, Pleurobrachia Ctenophores, Phyllospadix, surfgrass, one stickleback fish and Porphyra in the driftline.

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March 19, 2013

Sparse driftline of small rocks, a few shells and broken Sand Dollars.

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November 24, 2012

European Dunegrass dominated the driftline with a few Bull Kelp and Sea Palm.

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September 18, 2012

Shells, rocks, a few kelp/algae, green phytoplankton scum, broken Sand Dollars, crab carapaces and Ctenophores in driftline.

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June 17, 2012

Light driftline of many Ctenophores, small rocks and a few shells and crab carapaces.

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December 30, 2011

Light driftline with fresh water aquatic plants- Myriophyllum (Water Milfoil), terrestrial plant debris-stems, leaves and needles and saltwater plants, Phyllospadix (Surfgrass)and Eelgrass, Zostera.

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