|February 21, cusps, rocks, and...|
- Building materials: 1 (asphalt)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 0
- Fishing misc.: 1
- Food-related plastics: 1 (straw wrapper)
- Food-related metal/glass: 3 (sea glass)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 6 (survey flag/marker, tieback, 1 scrap >1", 3 scraps <1")
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 4 (3 filters, 1 filter tip)
- Paper/wood: 0
- Misc./unique: 0
How dull? That dull. Oh, and Zone S? Zip. Not one bit of manmade debris washed in.
Thus ends one of the briefest collection reports I've ever done! I'd love for this to be great news... But at the beginning of the year, I got approval from National Fish & Wildlife Service to work on a second beach about 5 miles south, an untouristed little nook called Curtis Cove.
|Yay, I'm official!|
|One recent week's haul at Curtis Cove|
I'm working two hypotheses:
(1) A little-known phenomenon called "internal waves," which propagate through the water instead of on the surface. If those waves are missing or weak, seafloor debris may not get churned up enough to move onto land.
(2) Sandbars. If a series of sandbars has moved into the Bay just offshore, it might be blocking debris as well as dampening the energy of the incoming waves. The high-tide swash marks this winter have been pathetic compared to last year. Several yards further down the slope than last year's average. For whatever reason, the energy just isn't there at Bay View this year.
* I'm keeping track of my Curtis Cove finds too. Soon I'll devote a blog page describing what I'm doing there and will post its collection reports as well. Being a site that gets no tourists, practically everything I find has been washed in. And I'm learning that much of it has really fascinating stories to tell.