There were also countless sandpiper tracks -- the migratory birds had begun their long treks toward winter grounds, still here in the height of summer.
July 27th's collection. Debris carried in by high-tide waves washes gently rolled down with outwash on each receding tide. Leaving a narrow ring/band of debris trapped where the slope quickly turns from steep to gentle.
On this day, the lobstering debris was exceptionally thick. It had even overspilled its narrow band, smearing far down into the cobbles and boulders in the low foreshore. Many could be found wherever there were nooks & hollows.
Then the last of the sun's rays caught a lump of quartz, illuminating it from within.
This was the haul:
|18 pcs of rope, about 20 ft total|
|749 pcs of nonrope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 0
- Foam/styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 18
- Fishing misc.: 650 (602 lobster trap vinyl scraps, 43 claw bands, 3 trap parts, 2 trap bumpers)
- Food-related plastics: 25 (23 cup scraps, bottlecap o-ring, straw)
- Food-related glass/metal: 2 (can scraps)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 14 (bag scrap, 4 glove scraps, glove, 3 plant stakes, 2 cable ties, eyeglass earpiece, 2 wall anchors)
- Scrap plastics: 54 ( 21 > 1" , 33 < 1" )
- Paper/wood: 0
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 4 (fabric pieces)
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 5997
- Pcs fishing rope -- 1780
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 2890