Mile 34 Report

July 4, 2008
by edbear

Location:
Curry
Wakeman Beach, Geisel Monument Wayside
Conditions:
Friday
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
DEAD OCTOPUS: A large white Octopus with orange spots. Octopuswas found in a tide pool, on 07/03/08. Weight, about 20 kg.About half of the tentacles were cut off apparently by a boat prop. The Octopus disappeared after two days, washed out to sea I assume.
Dead Birds:
Total:
5
Species/names:
A. Oystercatchers: Only about 4 maximum at one time observed.Usually, only 1 to 3 are present. This is much less than 2007where up to 14 at one time were observed repeatedly.B. Cormorants: From Feb to June, about 5 mutilated Cormorantswere found. There is a sizable population on the Point(Hubbard Mound) just south of mile 34. Two quick observation oftheir locations indicated no obvious problems.
Stranded:
Total:
4
4 baby dead seals found on beach from early April to Mid-May. Two were badly mutilated, certainly before they washed up on the shore. One seal had no noticeable injuries, but was very dead. The last had visible injuries,but had bled out. The seal [population, in general, seemed about 1/2 to 1/3 ofwhat is was say 4 years back.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
TRASH: The amount of trash was significant from January tomthe end of April. Much less since then. The biggest trash item are the rubber strips from tire inner tubes. The source is unknown. From Feb to the end of April, I removed (typically) about 1 - 2 kg of trash on each beach walk, or about 3 - 4 timesa week.
Summary:
1. Dead Seals:4 baby dead seals found on beach from early April to Mid-May. Two were badly mutilated, certainly before they washed up on the shore. One seal had no noticeable injuries, but was very dead. The last had visible injuries, but had bled out. The seal [population, in general, seemed about 1/2 to1/3 of what is was say 4 years back.2. BIRDS:A. Oystercatchers: Only about 4 maximum at one time observed. Usually, only 1 to 3 are present. This is much less than 2007 where up to 14 at one time were observed repeatedly.B. Cormorants: From Feb to June, about 5 mutilated Cormorantswere found. There is a sizable population on the Point(Hubbard Mound) just south of mile 34. Two quick observations oftheir location indicated no obvious problems.3. DEAD OCTOPUS: A large white with orange spots Octopuswas found in a tide pool, on 07/03/08. Weight, about 20 kg.About half of the tentacles were cut off apparently by a boat prop. The Octopus disappeared after two days, washed out to sea I assume. 4. TRASH: The amount of trash was significant from January to the end of April. Much less since then. The biggest trash item are the rubber strips from tire inner tubes. The source is unknown. From Feb to the end of April, I removed (typically)about 1 - 2 kg of trash on each beach walk, or about 3 - 4 timesa week.
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2019

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2018

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2012

July 1, 2012 - edbear
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2010

May 13, 2010 - edbear
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2009

June 14, 2009 - edbear
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2007

July 21, 2007 - edbear
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March 31, 2007 - edbear
See Comments. However, mostly normal.Very few people seen from Jan-Mar.

2006

October 30, 2006 - edbear
Dead seal (white). About 75 kG. Washed in and out with tides and weather. No visible injuries. Slow disintegration due to colder weather and no vultures (they migrate South around September). Finally...
January 7, 2006 - edbear
100kg dead seal, finally disintegrated after about 4 weeks, helped by turkey vultures