Mile 46 Report

August 14, 2013
by Redfish Rocks Community Team

Location:
Curry
Rocky Point, Retz Creek, north of Coal Point
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:00 AM
Foggy
52° F
Wind:
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
7
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Playing in surf:
2
Playing in sand:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
Everyone is out enjoying a foggy summer day!
Notable Wildlife:
Oyster Catchers, Kill Deer, Seagulls
Dead Birds:
Total:
5
Species/names:
No bands. All dead birds were in really bad shape. Could not identify properly.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
6 Dead Gumboots were noticed. Likely more hidden in the wrack line, which was piled high with algae and kelp.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Styrofoam
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling
Comments:
ODOT has done trimming and thinning of vegetation along the 101. It looks as though two or three trees were pushed down onto the beach, although this cannot be confirmed. Tree do appear to have been cut. No further action has been taken. This is just an observation.
Summary:
How the beach does change! Since our last visit the sand has moved in and covered/filled in most of the tide pooling areas and our rocky boulder beach areas are now 75% covered! Tons and Tons of sand. We noticed lots of biological matter on the beach. In the areas where we once used to have thriving tide pools, the algae and kelp has been scrapped off and washed in with the sand. Please see the attached photos. It looks like more JTMD has washed in. We found some wood that looks to be of Asian construction at Coal point. See attached photosAlso, I have uploaded some photos from Mile 49. Both these animals were found ~100yrds east of Battle Rock.
  • Kelp Algae Piled High!
    Kelp Algae Piled High!
    Coal Point
    August 14, 2013
  • Janet holding a piece of construction material that looks to have Asian style construction.
    Janet holding a piece of construction material that looks to have Asian style construction.
    Coal Point
    August 14, 2013
  • Another piece.  All the wood was piled together.
    Another piece. All the wood was piled together.
    Coal Point, along driftwood line.
    August 14, 2013
  • Where there once used to be large boulders and rocks, is now mostly sand...
    Where there once used to be large boulders and rocks, is now mostly sand...
    Coal Point
    August 14, 2013
  • Mammal of some sort.  Turkey Vultures had been picking at it for a while. Photo taken on 8/6/13.
    Mammal of some sort. Turkey Vultures had been picking at it for a while. Photo taken on 8/6/13.
    ~50 yards east of Battle Rock.
    August 14, 2013
  • Photo Taken on 8/9/13.  Salmon Shark perhaps? About 3' long.
    Photo Taken on 8/9/13. Salmon Shark perhaps? About 3' long.
    ~100 yards north of Battle Rock
    August 14, 2013
  • Photo taken on 8/9/13. About 3' long.
    Photo taken on 8/9/13. About 3' long.
    ~100 yards north of Battle Rock
    August 14, 2013
  • Taken on 8/9/13.  Shark is about 3' long.
    Taken on 8/9/13. Shark is about 3' long.
    ~100 yards north of Battle Rock
    August 14, 2013
Other Mile 46 Reports (21)

2016

August 11, 2016 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Just another great day on the beach with good people. We were the only people on the beach. The sand scouring that has occurred in the area next to the access trail all the way down to Rocky Point is...
May 12, 2016 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
It was a very normal day down on the beach. The only thing different was the presence of 6 or so dead Pacific Rock Crab (at least that's what we think they are). We left one tire on the beach as it...
  • Pacific Rock Crab
  • Pacific Rock Crab, Oregon Shores
  • Plastic Jug
  • Gray Day, Curry County, Rocky Point, Betz Creek, north of Coal Point

2015

November 12, 2015 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
It was a beautiful day on the beach! As usual, we coordinated our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring survey with our CoastWatch survey. We counted 203 pieces of foam. The sand is moving in. The beach is...
  • Found about 200 yards south of Retz Creek. Looks to be some type of Salp.
  • 203 pieces of foam and few other plastic items.
  • Beautiful Day, Curry County, Rocky Point, Betz Creek, north of Coal Point
July 10, 2015 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
A few dead animals and many live ones! 2 dead gumboots, 1 dead dolphin, 1 dead harbor seal. We have also pulled 3 tires from the beach over the past 2 months. Geez the ocean can be a harsh place...
  • Tire
  • Dolphin
  • Harbor Seal
May 14, 2015 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Overall, it was a great day on the beach. The sand is coming back in and beginning to cover the bedrock that it was scoured down to over late summer, fall and the winter months. Algae is also...
  • Dead Seal from April 10th, 2015
  • Dead Eel or a fish that is very similar in look and style.
  • The Crew for the day.
February 13, 2015 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
It is AMAZING the amount of sand that has been removed (naturally) by scouring. Take a look at our photos. The rock that Janet cannot reach the top of used to be almost completely covered up top...
  • Scoured Beach!  Usually the sandiest part of our walk!
  • Dead Gumboot, only about 6 inches long.
  • MANY, MANY small Turban Snails on all the newly exposed rocks.  Is Scouring a good thing for Snails?
  • A lot of sand has been scoured!

2014

February 10, 2014 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
This trip to the beach proved to be very interesting. The rocky intertidal zone has become completely exposed again as the sand has washed away. The rocks uncovered are completely devoid of all...
  • Rocks with the remains of where the barnacles used to be attached
  • We found this crab on the beach.  It appeared that is could be molting. That or it has a very strange and large growth on its abdominal.

2013

June 12, 2013 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Dead Gumboots were interesting, why so many? The specimen of squid we found was really interesting too! Not sure why the person clamming was so dodgy, but at least they got dinner for the night!...
April 8, 2013 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Good Day out on the Beach. We found a couple of 4"x4" 10' long pieces of lumber. When we returned to town, we also heard that there was many more scattered along mile another CoastWatch Mile north...
  • With Goose Barnacles
March 11, 2013 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Nice warm day out at Rocky Point/Retz Creek! We were greeted by a couple of Killdeer who were present, active, a little skittish, and fun to observe! On our way down the beach, one of our volunteers...
  • 15'x 5'x 12".
  • "Barnacles" and "Mussel"
February 11, 2013 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Nice warm day out at Rocky Point/Retz Creek! We were greeted by a couple of Killdeer who were present, active, a little skittish, and fun to observe! On our way down the beach, one of our...
  • 15' x 5' x 12".  Found just north of Retz Creek.
  • "Barnacles" with "Mussel"
January 14, 2013 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
It was another beautiful day down on Mile 46! Once again we completed our CoastWatch survey in conjunction with our Marine Debris Monitoring project. Stand-up paddle boarding was the order of the...
  • We found three tires on the beach!  All are now removed.  In this photo we are cutting the tire to help remove all the sand and make it manageable for removal from the beach.
  • Found this dead octopus on the beach.
  • Laurie Prouty and Janet London, helping to keep our mile clean!  You go girls!

2012

November 12, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Monday, November 12, 2012 was a nice fall weather day. Good wind, but not too much, 51 degrees and overcast. A good warm up beach walk in preparation for the winter to come!Not much observed this...
October 10, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Monday, Oct. 10 was a beautiful day for a walk on the beach! The tide was to high for any good tide pooling activities, but we observed many new things!One thing we were able to observe was the...
July 12, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Dave Lacey and Pete Stauffer completed this mile, and said there was hardly any trash on the walk. There was nothing to note of special importance, but both suggested updating the CoastWatch forms,...
May 15, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
All in all, it was a lovely day! A gorgeous, sunny day on the coast and we did a beach cleanup that day as well. Mr. Betz's 8th grade class was along for the day to make special tide pool...
  • A beautiful sunflower star in the tide pools.
  • These are Driftwood Elementary kids that spearheaded a Marine Debris Monitoring Survey!
  • This appears to be fairly new, following big storms this spring.
April 16, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
This observation was NOT made at mile 46. It was a few miles up the road in the town of Port Orford at Dock Beach, the beach is directly next to the Port of Port Orford. I believe that it is on Mile...
  • Washed up Whale.  Species is undetermined.
  • Whale 2
  • Whale 3
  • Whale 4
  • Whale 5
  • Whale 6
March 4, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
TBD
February 5, 2012 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
It was a beautiful day, near dusk, low tide, few people, no garbage.

2011

December 11, 2011 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
It was a beautiful day for a stroll on our lovely Mile 46, overlooking the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. It was cool outside, however the sun was shining brightly, keeping us warm.Lacking much debris...
September 17, 2011 - Redfish Rocks Community Team
Beautiful day with the Sole Pursuits group talking about Fishtracker and the Redfish Rocks Community Team. Nice weather for walking and talking. A bunch of Kelp and seaweed had washed in from large...
  • Tom giving his Fishtracker presentation