Friday, December 2, 2011

Collection Report Nov 21, 2011

Bay View beach, Saco, Maine. Monday, November 21, 1:15PM. Low-tide, chilly & windy.
A bright day, a quiet week, an absolutely deserted beach. On Thanksgiving, I wrote the prelude to this report. After a summer filled with the usual thoughtlessness, and a late October/early November filled with much sea-borne junk, a day like this is just what this Flotsam Diarist needed.

A very quick report here. Zone N:
21 finds:
  • Building materials: 2 (1 asphalt chunk, 1 brick scrap)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 2
  • Fishing misc.: 1 (rope)
  • Food-related plastics: 0
  • Food-related metal/glass: 1 (foil wrapper)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 3 (bag scrap, 2 scraps <1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 12
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
Lose the ubiquitous plastic poison packets known as cigarette butts, and this is just remarkable.

Zone S:
6 finds:
  • Building materials: 2 (asphalt chunks)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing misc.: 1 (claw band)
  • Food-related plastics: 0
  • Food-related metal/glass: 1 (sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 1 (scrap >1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 1
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
Even more remarkable.

Takeaway? A simple one: This was a good day.



    my this stuff does travel.


  2. Hey Tim! It sure does. And stays completely intact doing so. I love that something can cross an ocean and actually connect two people who live 3000 miles apart.

    The flipside of course is what's about to happen to Midway & the rest of the NW Hawaiian islands. The Japanese tsunami wreckage will start hitting it en masse early next year, and will start washing up in California probably by early 2013. There really is no "away" anymore.