Thursday, June 14, 2012

Collection Report May 16, 2012

Wednesday, May 16. 1:15PM. 2 hrs before low tide. 60 degrees, a gray day in a wet week.
The huge cusps were still there -- leftover from the washed-in sandbar. The steep foreshore & weak tides meant no new wrack. But there was one sign of life:
Have fun stormin' the castle!
Kids & families slowly returning to the beach. A reminder that Memorial Day was just around the corner. Despite the chill and gloom in the air.

So, Zone N:
31 finds:
  • Building materials: 2 (asphalt, concrete)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 12
  • Fishing misc.: 2 (rope knots)
  • Food-related plastics: 2 (food wrapper corner, straw)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 1 (foil)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 6 (plastic bag, packaging, 1 scrap >1", 3 scraps <1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 5
  • Paper/wood: 1 (churn handle?)
  • Misc./unique: 0
The styrofoam covered a little bit of everything. From coolers to cups, local to wash-in. And that churn... thing was... weird.

Over to Zone S:
17 finds:
  • Building materials: 1 (wood block with nail in it)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 10
  • Fishing misc.: 2 (shotgun shells)
  • Food-related plastics: 0
  • Food-related metal/glass: 0
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 3 (pen, webbing, elastic armband)
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 1
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Misc./unique: 0
More of the same styrofoam mix. The shotgun shells? They're always washing up. Nobody can confirm a connection between shotguns and fishing, but it's a remarkable amount of shells & shell wadding for it all to be swept downstream from hunting grounds upriver. Another mystery of the deep.

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