Mile 156 Report

May 26, 2007
by JELong

Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Saturday 12:00 PM
61° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Saw a half dozen barn or tree swallows on the esturine part of Tahkenitch Creek about 3/4 upstream of the mouth of the creek.
Dead Birds:
Seagull and a common mure
Adult sealion carcass, approx. 7 feet long, missing the head, carcass was fairly rotted away. Found above the normal high tide line, half buried in the sand. Looked like it had been there for several weeks before I found it.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Several dozen whole dead crabs, many mole crabs, and frequent patches of an unusual fish carcass which was approx. 8" long, with spiny bones protruding outward like spines on a sea urchin and short, very fine dorsal fin bones running the entire length. Each one was entangled in a very narrow, snake like skin mass that often was entwined with small pieces or rope or little pieces of some netting. Very strange, I've never seen these before. My partner on mile 157 have many more, she is attempting to research what they might be (see her report the same date).
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·Wood pieces
One Skate egg case, two boards, a japanese detergent bottle, a few other plastic bottles
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Very high volume of sand on beach. The foredune had almost no areas where there was a vertical face, the sand from the beach just transitions smoothly up into the foredune. I can't remember when there was this much sand on the beach so soon in the year. Must not have had any really nasty storms this past winter.
I saw more people on my mile this time than ever. I believe this was because it was Memorial Day weekend, and a group of about 8 people had hiked in and camped on one of the oxbows of Tahkenitch creek, less than a 1/2 mile walk out to the beach. Also, the creek was low enough to wade across very easily, so some folks may have accessed my mile from the south from Tahkentich Lake campground trailhead. Otherwise there was nothing of any significance except for the unusual dead fish skeletons.
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