Saturday, December 15. 1:45PM, bright sun, mild offshore breeze, ~37 degrees. Shortly after high-tide, so I followed the waters down & down as I went back & forth.
Today was a day of velvet sand:
~two million gallons of water was squeezing the air trapped within the sand, trying to force it out. Usually this results in thousands of tiny little dots in the sand, "nail holes," where the air rushes out. But this day, the icy sheen resisted the onslaught. Finally the air pressure built up so much that it bulged the sand up in hundreds of pockmarks before finally exploding through and out the top.
Nature is amazing.
Though I spent an hour+ watching the tide slowly recede, I couldn't get down to the lower foreshore where so much plastic gets left behind on calm pleasant days like this. So my haul was light:
|81 pcs of rope, about 90 ft total|
|28 pcs of nonrope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 0
- Foam/styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 81 (most found amid the high wrack)
- Fishing misc.: 12 (4 bait bags, 3 trap bumpers, 3 trap vinyl coating scraps, 1 trap part, 1 trap tag)
- Food-related plastics: 3 (bottlecap, skewer, cup scrap)
- Food-related glass/metal: 2 (aluminum can bottoms-modern)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 7 (3 packaging scraps, endpiece/coverplate, strap, plug/cap, brittle tube)
- Scrap plastics: 3 ( 2 > 1" , 1 < 1" )
- Paper/wood: 0
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 1 (small fabric scrap)
Still, this turned out to be very much the calm before the storm. Wait til you see the photos from December 24.
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 11469
- Pcs fishing rope -- 2891
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 4691