Monday, January 13. 1PM, two hours before low-tide but water already way down. 40 degrees, wind from southeast off the water. Tons of wrack had washed in early in the month from winter storms. The shore was still blanketed with it this day.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute was that it came from a bluefin tuna. Sometimes the "scrap" parts of fish are used as bait for lobstermen and other fishermen. Or possibly this tuna met its gruesome end naturally somewhere out in the deep.
The ocean and her mysteries.
Other washups were more run-of-the-mill. Old can scraps, new can scraps. Bait bags, vents, rope -- stuff that only makes it past the outcrops at the head of the cove when a storm comes through.
All in all, not surprisingly, a busy day.
|70 pcs of rope, about 125 ft total|
|160 pcs of nonrope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 0
- Foam/styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 70
- Fishing misc.: 78 (9 trap parts, 2 bait tins, 9 bait bags, 7 bumpers, 2 nameplates, 2 vent doors, 39 pcs of vinyl trap coating, 8 clawbands)
- Food-related plastics: 13 (3 bottle scraps, cap o-ring, 7 cup scraps, ketchup packet, snack pack wrapper)
- Food-related glass/metal: 9 (2 locally dropped cans, 6 can tops, 1 scrap)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 24 (6 bag scraps, 2 latex balloons, 2 mylar balloon scraps, balloon string, old nonfood bottlecap, bandage, old shovel scoop, clip-on cupholder, cord, 3 crate seals, 3 cable ties, faceplate/bezel, lumber tag)
- Scrap plastics: 35 ( 20 > 1" , 15 < 1" )
- Paper/wood: 0
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 1 (rag)
|abraded toy shovel scoop|
|faceplate - bezel - thing|
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 11490
- Total from fishing -- 10005 (87.1%)
- Pcs fishing rope -- 2014
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 7158