Monday, November 4, 2013

Collection Report - October 8, 2013

Tuesday, October 8. 8:00AM. Just after low tide. Bright tide, low-50s.
This was the day after big, sustained windstorm that ran most of the day on Monday. Evidence for the energy was widespread at the beach. The tides easily overtopped the old summer berms at the back of the foreshore, leaving clumps of large wrack behind.
The pounding surf cut & scoured out a big cliff into the soft sand & cobbles at the back of the foreshore.
The weather left very interesting patterns of sand and rain on the beach. It was obvious where the highest of high tides from mid-da Monday splashed all the way up to the back of the cobbles. These were pelted by rain drops as that tide receded Monday afternoon. But then after midnight Tuesday, when the next high tide came in, the rain had stopped. The winds were lower & the tide didn't reach as far. As it receded there were no more raindrops.
Quite striking to see multiple times & tides etched into the sand, and to be able to read it like a book.

All of Monday's activity, plus the coming cold, seems to have stirred up life at the beach. Down on the low foreshore, crab and snail tracks interspersed with gull footprints:
Higher & dryer on the backshore, another denizen of the dunes:
So with all the changes happening on the beach, and all the energy, what would that mean for the finds?
15 pcs of rope, about 20 ft total
198 pcs of nonrope debris
213 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 0
  • Foam/styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing rope/net: 15
  • Fishing misc.: 163 (149 vinyl lobster trap coating scraps, vent, 2 bait bags, 4 trap parts, 7 claw bands)
  • Food-related plastics: 9 (4 small cup scraps, 2 food wrappers, locally-dropped yogurt tubs, six-pack ring, straw)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 3 (fresh aluminum beer cans, shotgunned)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 9 (3 baggies, latex balloon, long red string, 2 cigarette packaging, umbrella base, fabric swatch)
  • Scrap plastics: 8 ( 4 > 1" , 4 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 3 (2 sea glass, chunk of aluminum)
A strange day. For one thing, local stuff. Including three spiked-and-shotgunned beer cans:
As expected, big stuff did ride the high waves in. Trap vent, bait bags, chunks of rope. But I was surprised how much lobster trap vinyl there still was amid the masses.

Big day: broke the 10,000-piece mark for my Year 2 at Curtis Cove! And the year's just half over.

Anyway, time moves on and the sea is always changing.

Running YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 10061
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 1877
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 6272

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