Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Collection Report Nov 28, 2011

Monday, November 28. 10:00AM. Bay View beach, Saco, Maine. Temp in the 50s. Overcast with occasional sun. Like, well, this:
A weird day. The kind of day where the sea has left behind rock gardens:
The purses of mermaids:
The homes of tubeworms:
As well as two horses and a rider with a fuzzy hat??
Then, of course, the usual:
So, what came out of the sand, all told? Zone N:
134 finds:
  • Building materials: 4 (asphalt)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 62 (!!)
  • Fishing misc.: 5 (2 shotgun shells, claw band, 2 bits of fishing line)
  • Food-related plastics: 8 (3 bottle-cap o-rings, 3 food wrappers/scraps, 2 gum)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 5 (bottle cap, 2 foil wrappers, 2 sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 17 (o-ring, plastic hairband, plastic glove, bandaid, 2 wall anchors, kids shirt tag, rubberband, 2 scraps >1", 7 scraps < 1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 32
  • Paper/wood: 1 (wood firecracker stick)
  • Misc./unique: 0
This was the week for foam! See the riot of deadly color:
What I discovered this week is that the little protected corner near the access point is a real collection spot. There's an old log there, and the windward side amasses all kinds of seaweed, reeds, leaves, and plastic -- mostly light stuff like cigarette butts &, well, styrofoam. And now on to Zone S:
22 finds:
  • Building materials: 1 (asphalt)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 3
  • Fishing misc.: 3 (1 rope scrap - natural fiber, 2 vinyl coating)
  • Food-related plastics: 2 (bottle, pepper packet)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 2 (sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 9 (baggie, strapping, folding step!, 6 scraps <1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 2
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
This, obviously, is the most interesting find:
Not least because I had no idea what it was, until a quick FaceBook "crowdsourcing." Flotsam Diaries fan Irene Parsons knew right away: the top of a folding step-stool! How it got to Bay View, with oceanic algae attached, I'll never really know.

My big takeaway for the week: If you don't know, ask. There's probably someone who does!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Harry,

    I just responded to your comment on my blog, but I wasn't sure whether you'd check back, so I just wanted to let you know that you can read it over there. Thanks!