Monday, September 10, 2012

Curtis Cove Report - Aug 31, 2012

Friday, August 31. 7AM. Already a bright, bright day. Crisp cool air, but the promise of a hot afternoon, following a delicious week in the low 70s with no humidity.
New tracks in the fine sand high on the backshore brought a reminder of the changing season, the fast aging summer.
Sandpiper highway
Places like Curtis Cove are vital to thousands -- millions -- of annual migrators. As these sandpipers picked through their own finds on the beach, I wondered how well they could tell food from flotsam.
One of these is a slipper shell, the other a coffeecup lid
And I wondered how many birds, fish, and sea mammals would think this bright green confetti -- dragged and smeared down along the low foreshore -- a feast:
Found the lobster-trap vinyl scrap motherlode
And I wondered, how many places left in the world can truly be called protected?

On to the week's finds:
42 pcs of rope, about 35 ft total
402 pcs of non-rope debris
444 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 0
  • Foam/styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing rope/net: 42
  • Fishing trap gear: 216 (204 vinyl trap coatings, 7 bumpers, name tag, vent, 2 trap parts, buoy rod)
  • Fishing misc.: 43 (39 clawbands, 4 fishing line)
  • Food-related plastics: 25 (20 cup scraps, 2 food wrappers, cutlery handle, old straw scrap, cooking-temp stick)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 7 (6 aluminum can bottoms, sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 33 (baseball cap visor insert, long stapled strap, shoulder strap, 2 cable ties, vinyl carrying bag neck, 3 anchors, 3 plant pot tag bits, 2 o-rings, 2 tubes, sticker, screw-top neck, carabiner, large garbage bag, 5 bag scraps, cigarette, gauze patch, rubberband, comb, shovel handle loop, teacup handle, 2 nonfood packaging scraps)
  • Scrap plastics: 70 ( 26 > 1", 44 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 8 (2 fabric scraps, 6 cords)
A few strange things this week. First, lots of fishing rope after a lull. And after a similar drought, 6 aluminum can bottoms scoured up from the deep! I wonder what has changed in the currents or the sea floor to let them finally land again. Each week brings new questions.

The only other real oddities were this:
Baseball cap brim insert
and this:
Intact -- though gnarled -- comb
Somehow all of the fabric of that baseball cap got left behind, leaving only the plastic brim insert to beach at the cove. And it's rare to find a comb still intact -- even if this one shows some signs of banging around on rocks & debris.

Another week of beautiful sights, and way too much garbage.

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