Mile 334 Report

December 12, 2009
by croegner

Columbia Beach, Warrenton, Camp Rilea MR
Saturday 1:00 PM
40° F
Calm/Light from the E
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
most were clamming
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
Is cutting beach logs a violation?
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
A flock of sand piper-like birds
Dead Birds:
These are probably the same ones observed last time. Moldering gulls.
Same sea lion, just getting flatter
Fish & Invertebrates:
5 dead adult Dungeness crab; several mole crab
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Conditions at the beach were sunny and calm during a falling neap tide, and it was surprisingly warm during this intense cold spell we’ve been experiencing. Set out north to look for stranded Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), reported to be washing up on Oregon beaches. Did not find any (but we did run across one on Mile 229 the day before – a monster!). Squid may have been pickup up for bait. Strand debris similar to visit of 27 Nov. Found 8 dead gulls, none fresh (same ones as last time?). The sea lion carcass was decaying away. Located a fresh, 80 cm longnose skate (Raja rhina) with no apparent wounds. There were 5 large Dungeness crabs at the waters edge, perhaps mortality from the fishery. Also 5-6 mole crabs (Emerita analoga) in the lower strand. Sand pipers were skittering in the swash zone. There was a lot of human activity (~25 cars, 20 or so people), most digging for razor clams. The word on the catch was “short but fat”.
  • December 12, 2009
  • December 12, 2009
  • December 12, 2009
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March 3, 2007 - Simonetal
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