Report Details

Light driftline of a few shells, mole crab, broken sand dollars and small rocks. Harbor Seals swimming in surf. Heermann's Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Turkey Vultures, 3 Snowy Plovers observed. Flocks of Sanderlings and 27 Whimbrels foraging on beach. One dead Steller's Sea Lion and one dead immature Western Gull. The Steller's Sea Lion was reported to the Stranding Network. Ridge/runnel formation on beach. Beach Slope of 1-8 degrees. Air and ocean temperature of 55 and 52 degrees F, respectively. Wind of 9.2 mph. Low human impact (2)-walking.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Walking or running: 2.

Notable Wildlife

Harbor seals swimming in ocean. Heermann's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Turkey Vulture flying over the beach. Three Snowy Plovers. Flocks of Sanderlings foraging on the beach. 27 Whimbrels foraging at the surfline.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. 1 Immature Western Gull

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Steller's Sea Lion carcass

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks. Small number of mole crab, few shells and broken sand dollars.

Natural Changes

Ridge and runnel formation on beach. Beach slope of 1-8 degrees.

Actions & Comments

Filed a Marine Mammal report with Jim Rice, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator on the dead Steller's Sea Lion.

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Mile 97

December 8, 2013

A nearly nonexistent driftline with just a few Chrysaora jellies and a few small rocks.

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June 9, 2013

A light diftline of a few Postelsia, some Fucus, Ulva, Hymenena and Nereocystis, crab molts, broken Sand Dollars, jellies, the Ctenophore, Pleurobrachia, the Tunicate, Salpa maxima and Phyllospadix, surfgrass.

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Mile 97

March 19, 2013

Sparse driftline of small rocks, a few shells and broken Sand Dollars, one clump of Bull Kelp (Nereocystis) and a few strands of Macrocystis.

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Mile 97

November 24, 2012

European beachgrass dominated the driftline.

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Mile 97

September 18, 2012

Shells, rocks, crab carapaces, a few kelp/algae, wood, green phytoplankton scum, broken sand dollars in driftline.

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June 17, 2012

Light driftline of many Ctenophores, small rocks, a few shells and crab carapaces, one Sea Star and pieces of the flowering plant, Lasthenia maritima.

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Mile 97

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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Mile 97

September 19, 2011

The beach consisted of a high ridge of accumulated sand with a six degree slope and lagoons in the runnel.

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