Mile 125 Report

September 19, 2011
by rubygoes

Location:
Coos
North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
Conditions:
Monday 12:30 PM
Sunny
0° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
3.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
0
Activities:
myself and friend riding horses
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
No one else on mile 124 and 125, as well as 2 miles north, this date
Notable Wildlife:
large flock of Sanderlingsone mature Bald Eagle1 young vulture feeding on dead gull
Dead Birds:
Total:
6
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
6 dead gulls, little left but feathers.All seemed to be the same dark featheredspecies. Could these have been Heermann's Gulls? Heads and feet gone.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
A high concentration of tiny jellies, scattered over both miles. They seemed to be arriving on the beach with each wave, and shone like tiny craft jewels. Crab carapaces, whole and broken.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Succulent type of vegetation has taken root on the beach and is growing "like a weed". Very pretty. Steep erosion of foredune in only 2 places, and only a couple of hundred feet total.
Comments:
Hazardous debris to sea mammals was removed by dragging behind a horse. This included a crab pot encased in tangled nylon rope, and an estimated 60 feet of nylon rope. The crab pot was pulled to a snag just north of the George Olsen wreck and hung over a snag to secure it. The rope was towed to the beach entrance over the foredune. BLM was notified of their locations. I plan to return soon for a recheck of miles 124 and 125...there could be more such debris that is so dangerous for ocean mammals.
Summary:
9/19 was spectacularly beautiful, perfect for a Coast Watch report. No other people on the beach. I am puzzled by thousands of tiny jellyfish that ride up onto the beach with every wave. They sparkle like jewels. Six dead gulls, one being eaten by a young vulture. Brown surf for long stretches, clearing further south near the north jetty. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, and small rocks in the driftline. Much land and sea debris: 2 pallets; a rusted and bent crab pot entangled in about 25 ft. of nylon rope and encircled by chicken wire; at least 60 ft. of nylon rope. The pot and rope were pulled to places where they could not return to the sea by my good mare, Ruby, and BLM was notified of their location. Succulent vegetation has taken root on the beach and is growing "like a weed". Steep erosion of foredune in only 2 places, and only a couple of hundred feet total. The highlight of the day was the sight of a mature Bald Eagle swooping off the foredune right in front of us, setting his course northward. What a thrill! If it weren't for Coast Watch, I would have missed it.
Other Mile 125 Reports (9)

2013

January 17, 2013 - rubygoes
A perfect day at the beach. Miles 125 and 126 were wide and appeared swept clean at low tide. Walking along the bluff, however, there was a great deal of plastic debris, mostly bottles and jugs....

2012

September 9, 2012 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125 were much cleaner than usual. There was an absence of any rope or nets. Orange Styrofoam chunks were plentiful, as were aqua blue Styrofoam pieces, most approx. 1x1' size. Not...

2011

December 17, 2011 - rubygoes
This was an eventful Coast Watch excursion. The1945 wreck of the George Olsen was still visible,due to little storm activity at the time of myvisit on 12/17. Other than two very large treetrunks...
June 20, 2011 - rubygoes
June 20 was an absolutely beautiful day with a very low tide that made riding there on the hard sand a joy. And I had the beach to myself...not another soul to be seen. ATV tracks in the Snowy...

2010

September 26, 2010 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125, those just north of the north jetty on Coos Bay, must certainly retain their title of the filthiest miles in Oregon. Litter pick up here is like trying to drain the ocean with a...
May 6, 2010 - rubygoes
May 6th was as perfect a day as Nature can provide for enjoying our beautiful Oregon Coastline: cobalt blue sea, waves to 3", picture perfect waves crashing into blazingly brilliant white surf, all...
March 7, 2010 - rubygoes
The wreck of the George Olson, that 2008 smash sensation, lay covered up last year, but now it's back. Not too impressive, but there. Its one visible side stands 4' at the bow, 2' at the stern....

2009

December 19, 2009 - rubygoes
12/19 was supposed to be stormy, but instead gave us a warm 56 high temp. and a partially sunnyday. Although the tide was outgoing, the surf wasso high that I did not risk exploring all of 126.My...

2008

March 12, 2008 - flotsam
This mile appears to be unadopted. I submit this report to provide some photos of the wreck of the purported George L. Olson.
  • View of the bow of the George L. Olson wreck
  • Starboard side of the hull