Thursday, February 6, 2014

Collection Report - Dec 8, 2013

Sunday December 8. 10:00AM An hour after low tide. 27-28 degrees. Overcast, thin clouds. Three weeks since my last visit. Dull, dull, dull weeks, except for one windstorm the previous week.
Seeing an even, gradual slope from the back of the backshore down, down, to the waterline. Fresh-ish wrack had come in during the ensuing weeks.

There was a huge mound of pebbles at back of foreshore -- almost a dune, most likely washed up by the windstorm.

Interestingly, there was still some seaweed tenaciously clinging to rocks and to life down on the low foreshore.

Another indicator of the dull & mild weather Maine had been getting to now. Snowstorms in DC, Missouri, freezes in deep South. But fragile life persisting on a Maine beach!

Curiously, there was still lobster trap vinyl washing in & staying, even with the previous week's storms.
These little flecks get sucked back out to sea very easily with any wave energy. Their presence is another indicator of calm weather.

On the other hand, heavier stuff did wash in as well. Lots of small chunks of lobster trap still with iron inside. And this 30-40-year-old aluminum can top:
So, waves strong enough to dislodge and dredge up an ancient piece of metal, but gentle enough to leave vinyl scraps behind. Strong enough to shape pebbles into dunes, but not strong enough to bring trap vents, bait bags, and other floatables over the rocks at the head of the cove.

An odd day.
14 pcs of rope, about 25 ft total
112 pcs of nonrope debris
126 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 0
  • Foam/styrofoam: 1 (cup scrap, washed in)
  • Fishing rope/net: 14 (25 ft)
  • Fishing misc.: 90 (70 vinyl trap coating scraps, 12 metal trap parts, 7 claw bands, fishing line)
  • Food-related plastics: 3 (cup scrap, intact but abraded knife, fork scrap)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 5 (2 new local cans, 2 sea glass, old pulltab-era can top)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 2 (cord, tape)
  • Scrap plastics: 11 ( 6 > 1" , 5 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 0
A quiet day by recent standards. But an odd one. What all did I miss during the weeks I was kept away from the beach? Who knows...

Running YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 11061
  • Total from fishing -- 9695 (87.7%)
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 1944
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 6982