Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Curtis Cove Report - Apr 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 17. 11:10AM. Bright sunshine, 55 degrees, light seabreeze, just after low tide. Spring returns.
A fantastic day to be at a deserted beach! I say "deserted," although all around were mockingbirds, chickadees, gulls, big juicy sea-ducks... and snails.
Snail superhighway!
Winter faded, as the rare chunk of marsh-grass looking out onto the open cove greened back up:
It was truly a beautiful day of rippled sand:
Nature's recycling:
A little mystery:
And admiring the stories left behind in the stones:
And, of course, there was plenty of this:
It had been a low energy week-and-a-half since April 8. As winter's wrack rotted back into nothingness, it revealed much left behind.
177 pcs of rope, about 150 ft
xxx pcs of nonrope debris
324 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 2 (weatherstrip, car/boat console piece)
  • Foam/styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing rope/net: 177 (150 ft)
  • Fishing misc.: 90 (55 vinyl trap coating scraps, 6 trap parts, 2 bait bags, 2 trap tags, 11 bumpers, crab vent, cleat, 11 claw bands, ball of fishing line)
  • Food-related plastics: 18 (2 bottle top-halves, ALMADEN bottlecap, 4 bottlecap seals, 4 cup scraps, MRE pack, meat stake, wrapper scrap, fish-bitten ketchup pack, abraded whole spoon, 2 cutlery scraps)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 2 (aluminum can scraps)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 23 (2 bag scraps, 4 balloons/scraps, 2 hair bands, toy soldier leg, large floormat scrap, plant pot hook, strap, "silk" flower, Xmas tree light, 4 cable ties, plant stake, fabric strip "Berkshire Blanket," black tape scrap, crate seal, sock hanger)
  • Scrap plastics: 10 ( 8 > 1" , 2 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 2 (fabric scrap, leather strap)
A wild day.
Sealife nibbled the heck out of this
Silk flowers aren't silk anymore
Remember that statue ruin on "LOST"??
Plant pot hooks, Christmas tree lights, plant stakes, and a car console... If it's made of plastic, an example of it is now in an ocean near you.

Running Year 2 YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 3082
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 900
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 1606


  1. Shall I reveal your little mystery??
    A. the free bit in a KFC
    B. the Pelvis of a bird
    C. stock base for Saltmarsh Stew

    It's B

    1. A bird pelvis, really! Looked for all the world like a cranium to me, though I couldn't work out just what was up with all the extra openings. Thanks!

  2. Yes, I thought the same thing the first time I found one. Eventually I found a partly decomposed skeleton that clarified it - the parts that look like eye sockets are the hip sockets.