Mile 108 Report

September 3, 2007
by D Bilderback

Location:
Coos
South Whisky Run Beach
Conditions:
Monday 11:30 AM
Foggy
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
2 sitting in vehicle
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
2
Activity Comments:
Person in vehicle had her dogs on a leash but as we passed by, one of the dogs got off the leash and came at us. She came quickly to retrieve her dog.
Notable Wildlife:
Turkey Vultures were eating the Steller's Sea Lion pup carcass, and Western Gulls were eating the Salmon Shark.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Total:
1
Steller's Sea Lion Pup
Fish & Invertebrates:
Dead juvenile male Salmon Shark
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Filed a Marine Mammal Stranding report on the Steller's Sea Lion pup and reported the Salmon Shark to Dr. Daryl Parkyn.
Summary:
The main reason to file this report is to document the dead Steller's Sea Lion pup and the dead juvenile male Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) on this mile. The Steller's Sea Lion pup carcass was being eaten by Turkey Vultures and the Salmon Shark carcass was being eaten by Western Sea Gulls. It appeared that the Salmon Shark was bitten by another shark and that may have been the cause of death. It was not apparent what caused the death of the Steller's Sea Lion pup. Shells, animal casing, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris and Stryofoam in driftline. Low human impact (4)-2 walking 2 dogs and 2 sitting in vehicle.
  • This is a juvenile male Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis).
    This is a juvenile male Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis).
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • This shows the rows of teeth of this shark.
    This shows the rows of teeth of this shark.
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • These wounds appear to have been made by another shark.
    These wounds appear to have been made by another shark.
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • The two long claspers on the pelvic fins are visible in this picture denoting that this shark is a male.
    The two long claspers on the pelvic fins are visible in this picture denoting that this shark is a male.
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • The two long claspers on the pelvic fins are visible in this picture denoting that this shark is a male.
    The two long claspers on the pelvic fins are visible in this picture denoting that this shark is a male.
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • This wound could have been made by the Western Gulls that were eating the carcass when we found it.
    This wound could have been made by the Western Gulls that were eating the carcass when we found it.
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • This carcass does not have a skull, as the Turkey Vultures had been eating it.
    This carcass does not have a skull, as the Turkey Vultures had been eating it.
    South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
  • South end of Mile 108
    September 3, 2007
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