from two weeks before lay as a very faint sandbar just seaward from the foreshore. Otherwise, the beach was back to normal. No rocky strewn-field, no starfish, no tube-worm casings by the thousands. Just soft sand spread along from dune to terrace.
A lovely day for a walk, but dismal for collecting flotsam.
On a hunch, I stopped by again Tuesday. The difference a day makes. Noon, an hour past high-tide. Mostly cloudy, 40s again, slight onshore breeze, and another weak, low high-tide line. But... fresh seaborne wrack!
|See? It sinks|
- Building materials: 9 (7 brick, 2 asphalt)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 25
- Fishing misc.: 9 (5 rope scraps, 2 clawbands, lure bag scrap, shotgun shell wadding)
- Food-related plastics: 6 (2 bottlecap o-rings, 2 Solo cup scraps, food wrapper, fork)
- Food-related metal/glass: 1 (can scrap)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 17 (plastic glove, swiffer scrap, 2 toy scraps, battery/cartridge cover, silk flower, toggle weight ?, 5 scraps >1", 5 scraps <1")
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 10 (9 cigarettes, 1 packaging)
- Paper/wood: 0
- Misc./unique: 1 (fabric swatch)
- Building materials: 9 (6 asphalt, wood offcut, tile, concrete)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 6
- Fishing misc.: 2 (rope scrap, bait bag)
- Food-related plastics: 4 (bottlecap o-ring, 3 food wrapper scraps)
- Food-related metal/glass: 1 (can)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 5 (balloon w/ string, 2 large vinyl upholstery scraps, 2 scraps >1")
- Cigarette filters/plastics: 0
- Paper/wood: 1
- Misc./unique: 2 (cloth strip, leather offcut)
Still, flotsam-wise there really is no comparison between Winter '11 and Winter '12. The same can be said weather-wise. Are the two related? Does warmer air shut down the systems that normally drag thousands of bits of plastic into the bay? Does less snow/rain = less river runoff = changed circulation patterns? I don't know. But it's worth looking into.