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Hi all. I am deeply sad to bring this news to you. I took a vacation to the states of Washington and Oregon last week. At many of the places I went, it became readily and easily apparent that this country, maybe even this world, is struggling.

In Bandon, Oregon I visited an extremely beautiful beach. The town of Bandon is home to some of the best ocean fishing, some of the most delicious eateries, one of the best game farm/petting zoos in the U.S., and some of the most interesting craft shops on the entire West Coast of the U.S. The beach I went to had easy access, well marked directions from the freeway, plentiful parking, clean restrooms, a shower station, outstanding views of the shore and rock formations in the water, the weather was absolutely amazing, the water was goregous, the scene was picturesque, there were nonstop perfect waves for surfing, there were multiple million dollar homes backing up the 2 mile long area of sand. It was a prime beach location. The only thing missing? People. Not a single soul on the entire 2 mile beach when I showed up. At 4pm, this beach should've been teaming with visitors.

After I had been there for a bit, 3 other guys came through but left within 20 minutes or so. I believe the locals know something is up and avoiding the beaches (empty beaches dotted my whole trip), but I've seen nothing on main stream media or read anything anywhere about what is going on in these beaches that is discouraging people from visiting. So what is up with a perfect but empty beach? The first big clue was a sign posted that said the debris from last year's Japanese tsunami was now steadily washing up on the beach. (These signs were on every beach I visited from Washington to Northern California. On the sign there's a request to BAG IT and leave it. Can you imagine this??? They're asking people to make contact with radiation laiden debris and bag it. It says bag it, leave it. I'm assuming that by leaving it, when the workers that are charged with picking it up arrive (if there actually is anybody willing to do this), they will have less contact with the actual items and makes for an easy day of garbage collecting.

I walked the 100 yards to the beach from the parking area and right away I started noticing these foot long lumps in the sand. I've never seen this feature before and I used to surf regularly as a kid. My family loves going to the beach so I've seen a lot of sand in my life. I uncovered the first lump with my foot and it was a small dead shore bird. It looked like a plover of some kind (highly endangered species in that area) or maybe a juvenile sandpiper? I wasn't sure.

I uncovered another and another and another. In a 1/4 mile walk, I counted well over 200. There's no telling how many of these dead birds there actually were...but 200 in an hour in a short distance is enough for concern (and that's just the ones I saw, there were probably more I didn't see in that 1/4 mile range). Eventually I also uncovered what looked like juvenile seagulls and some other types I didn't recognize. These birds were all in different stages of decomposition which means they didn't all die at once in some freak incident or "fireworks".

Another thing I noticed was muscles. Muscles, in the shell, unopened, all over the beach. I don't know what that means but I've NEVER found a washed up muscle that was NOT open. When they die their shells open, just like clams. These animals died so quickly or in some sort of way that they didn't open. Many of the muscles were heavily covered with barnacles as well...I've never seen them completely covered with barnacles like that.

I took pictures of probably 20-30 of these birds. I was going to collect them and line them up but to be honest I didn't want to touch them. Sorry, but I'm too ignorant about how the radiation might be transfered, etc. Another thing I photographed was an extremely large wooden pillar of some sort. It was about 14 inches wide by 14 inches thick by about 20 feet long...half burried in the sand. I know this could've come from anywhere but it may also have been from Japan.

It is important to note...about 1/3 of the shops in Bandon appear to be closed. I don't want to speculate why, but this was similar to almost every coastal town I visited up and down Oregon and Washington's coast. Maybe it's just a dying economy, maybe it's something else. There are signs posted on every beach I visited about the tsunami debris and about different poisons and such that they're spraying to knock out bacteria forming from dead and dying animals. In Washington the big item that they seem to be trying to protect is oysters. The area is being treated for the bacteria forming in and around them. I have read a little about this and apparently when the oysters are hit with the radiation their deaths are causing poisonous and bacteria filled environments for the other sea life. I don't know if that is true, but it's what I have read.

Nearly every beach I went to was basically void of visitors. Lastly...there were probably 100 campgrounds where visitors can camp near or on the beach between those two states. For unexplained reasons, close to half of them are "closed for the season". This makes no sense, as this IS the season for camping and family fun. Summer time, great weather, etc. and these beaches should be teaming with people.

Here are 19 photos of the Bandon, Oregon beach showing the dead birds and the signs speaking of the tsunami debris and the testing the states are doing for bacteria and such.

[link to www.flickr.com]

Scroll through the photos to see what I saw. If there are any residents in those areas able to comment on this event and situation it would be greatly appreciated. I went to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Salem, Oregon and asked the department people what they know about what is going on. I spoke with several people...every single one of them denied knowing anything about the bird kills, but also seemed somewhat uninterested/alerted...as if they knew it was happening but acted like they knew nothing. They weren't properly "shocked" in my opinion. Especially when I told them the birds appeared to be plovers. This should've raised some interest, since they're endangered...but again, very little interest. I was given the email address for Rick Boatner, the invasive species director for Oregon Fish and Wildlife. I emailed him and asked what was happening...I have not yet received an answer. Apparently he's being tasked with this situation because they're concerned about Japan's sea life coming here with the debris.
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Hi all. I am deeply sad to bring this news to you. I took a vacation to the states of Washington and Oregon last week. At many of the places I went, it became readily and easily apparent that this country, maybe even this world, is struggling.

In Bandon, Oregon I visited an extremely beautiful beach. The town of Bandon is home to some of the best ocean fishing, some of the most delicious eateries, one of the best game farm/petting zoos in the U.S., and some of the most interesting craft shops on the entire West Coast of the U.S. The beach I went to had easy access, well marked directions from the freeway, plentiful parking, clean restrooms, a shower station, outstanding views of the shore and rock formations in the water, the weather was absolutely amazing, the water was goregous, the scene was picturesque, there were nonstop perfect waves for surfing, there were multiple million dollar homes backing up the 2 mile long area of sand. It was a prime beach location. The only thing missing? People. Not a single soul on the entire 2 mile beach when I showed up. At 4pm, this beach should've been teaming with visitors.

After I had been there for a bit, 3 other guys came through but left within 20 minutes or so. I believe the locals know something is up and avoiding the beaches (empty beaches dotted my whole trip), but I've seen nothing on main stream media or read anything anywhere about what is going on in these beaches that is discouraging people from visiting. So what is up with a perfect but empty beach? The first big clue was a sign posted that said the debris from last year's Japanese tsunami was now steadily washing up on the beach. (These signs were on every beach I visited from Washington to Northern California. On the sign there's a request to BAG IT and leave it. Can you imagine this??? They're asking people to make contact with radiation laiden debris and bag it. It says bag it, leave it. I'm assuming that by leaving it, when the workers that are charged with picking it up arrive (if there actually is anybody willing to do this), they will have less contact with the actual items and makes for an easy day of garbage collecting.

I walked the 100 yards to the beach from the parking area and right away I started noticing these foot long lumps in the sand. I've never seen this feature before and I used to surf regularly as a kid. My family loves going to the beach so I've seen a lot of sand in my life. I uncovered the first lump with my foot and it was a small dead shore bird. It looked like a plover of some kind (highly endangered species in that area) or maybe a juvenile sandpiper? I wasn't sure.

I uncovered another and another and another. In a 1/4 mile walk, I counted well over 200. There's no telling how many of these dead birds there actually were...but 200 in an hour in a short distance is enough for concern (and that's just the ones I saw, there were probably more I didn't see in that 1/4 mile range). Eventually I also uncovered what looked like juvenile seagulls and some other types I didn't recognize. These birds were all in different stages of decomposition which means they didn't all die at once in some freak incident or "fireworks".

Another thing I noticed was muscles. Muscles, in the shell, unopened, all over the beach. I don't know what that means but I've NEVER found a washed up muscle that was NOT open. When they die their shells open, just like clams. These animals died so quickly or in some sort of way that they didn't open. Many of the muscles were heavily covered with barnacles as well...I've never seen them completely covered with barnacles like that.

I took pictures of probably 20-30 of these birds. I was going to collect them and line them up but to be honest I didn't want to touch them. Sorry, but I'm too ignorant about how the radiation might be transfered, etc. Another thing I photographed was an extremely large wooden pillar of some sort. It was about 14 inches wide by 14 inches thick by about 20 feet long...half burried in the sand. I know this could've come from anywhere but it may also have been from Japan.

It is important to note...about 1/3 of the shops in Bandon appear to be closed. I don't want to speculate why, but this was similar to almost every coastal town I visited up and down Oregon and Washington's coast. Maybe it's just a dying economy, maybe it's something else. There are signs posted on every beach I visited about the tsunami debris and about different poisons and such that they're spraying to knock out bacteria forming from dead and dying animals. In Washington the big item that they seem to be trying to protect is oysters. The area is being treated for the bacteria forming in and around them. I have read a little about this and apparently when the oysters are hit with the radiation their deaths are causing poisonous and bacteria filled environments for the other sea life. I don't know if that is true, but it's what I have read.

Nearly every beach I went to was basically void of visitors. Lastly...there were probably 100 campgrounds where visitors can camp near or on the beach between those two states. For unexplained reasons, close to half of them are "closed for the season". This makes no sense, as this IS the season for camping and family fun. Summer time, great weather, etc. and these beaches should be teaming with people.

Here are 19 photos of the Bandon, Oregon beach showing the dead birds and the signs speaking of the tsunami debris and the testing the states are doing for bacteria and such.

[link to www.flickr.com]

Scroll through the photos to see what I saw. If there are any residents in those areas able to comment on this event and situation it would be greatly appreciated. I went to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Salem, Oregon and asked the department people what they know about what is going on. I spoke with several people...every single one of them denied knowing anything about the bird kills, but also seemed somewhat uninterested/alerted...as if they knew it was happening but acted like they knew nothing. They weren't properly "shocked" in my opinion. Especially when I told them the birds appeared to be plovers. This should've raised some interest, since they're endangered...but again, very little interest.
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Yikes, that is a significant and concerning report, one that everyone should pay attention to . . .

How sad for the birds, for all the marine and wildlife affected . . . how sad for this country.

Omg, so there's the contamination from radiation, the poisons from that, and now they're spraying (who knows what!) on top of that . . . and "bag it and leave it"?!! Are they kidding with that?

Your post is well stated and should get some attention.
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Yikes, that is a significant and concerning report, one that everyone should pay attention to . . .

How sad for the birds, for all the marine and wildlife affected . . . how sad for this country.

Omg, so there's the contamination from radiation, the poisons from that, and now they're spraying (who knows what!) on top of that . . . and "bag it and leave it"?!! Are they kidding with that?

Your post is well stated and should get some attention.
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Thanks. To be honest...it's a bit overwhelming to try and even conceive where to start, what to do, or how to handle what's happening. I suppose for right now, do what the locals there are doing...stay away.
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Had a look at the pics and have only TWO words that come to mind to describe it....

SO DOOOMED!
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Great post OP, kudos on posting pics!


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Yikes, that is a significant and concerning report, one that everyone should pay attention to . . .

How sad for the birds, for all the marine and wildlife affected . . . how sad for this country.

Omg, so there's the contamination from radiation, the poisons from that, and now they're spraying (who knows what!) on top of that . . . and "bag it and leave it"?!! Are they kidding with that?

Your post is well stated and should get some attention.
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Thanks. To be honest...it's a bit overwhelming to try and even conceive where to start, what to do, or how to handle what's happening. I suppose for right now, do what the locals there are doing...stay away.
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Yeah, I understand . . . the more this happens in America, the more frightening and frustrating it's going to be for citizens who care, don't you agree?

But I have to say I think that's definitely a sound idea - to try and steer clear.

Mind if I ask if you live anywhere near the west coast? Just wondering how concerned people are out west.
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Yikes, that is a significant and concerning report, one that everyone should pay attention to . . .

How sad for the birds, for all the marine and wildlife affected . . . how sad for this country.

Omg, so there's the contamination from radiation, the poisons from that, and now they're spraying (who knows what!) on top of that . . . and "bag it and leave it"?!! Are they kidding with that?

Your post is well stated and should get some attention.
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Thanks. To be honest...it's a bit overwhelming to try and even conceive where to start, what to do, or how to handle what's happening. I suppose for right now, do what the locals there are doing...stay away.
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Yeah, I understand . . . the more this happens in America, the more frightening and frustrating it's going to be for citizens who care, don't you agree?

But I have to say I think that's definitely a sound idea - to try and steer clear.

Mind if I ask if you live anywhere near the west coast? Just wondering how concerned people are out west.
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I live in California. To be honest...this is an unheard of subject. I'm far enough away from the coast that events on the sea rarely hit where I'm at. But, I'm like many others here...watching the news, the hidden stories the little reporters without big name backing etc. NOTHING is readily available about this event it seems.
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There seems to be a lot known by the tour guide that led a short cruise to an island in the Puget Sound. He said there are a couple pods of Orcas, killer whales, that live in the Puget Sound. Apparently, according to testing done by the fisheries up there, those Orcas are the most toxic animals on earth. Their number one food source is the salmon that run through the sound and the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Oregon. The Orcas live in the Sound but have not been seen this year. This may be due to something in the environment or it could be that the salmon are massing somewhere else this year and therefore they're feeding somewhere else. No matter what, the seas are changing...and it doesn't appear to be for the better.
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Wow, thank you for your report. More people should be doing this kind of thing as they travel and see strange situations.

PIN THIS!!!

I have been to those beaches several times, and 5-8 years ago, those places were BOOMING. Cars everywhere, amazing roadside restaurants and seafood, campgrounds FULL of people camping and traveling up and down the coast.

Beaches weren't always crowded, because here is so much space, but never empty.

Did you talk to people and find out what was going on? How long? When did they notice the birds? Anything else wash up?

Anything about the big rectangular metal boxes?

Time to stay away from the coastlines, everyone. And get your IODINE.
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Yikes, that is a significant and concerning report, one that everyone should pay attention to . . .

How sad for the birds, for all the marine and wildlife affected . . . how sad for this country.

Omg, so there's the contamination from radiation, the poisons from that, and now they're spraying (who knows what!) on top of that . . . and "bag it and leave it"?!! Are they kidding with that?

Your post is well stated and should get some attention.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20880830


Thanks. To be honest...it's a bit overwhelming to try and even conceive where to start, what to do, or how to handle what's happening. I suppose for right now, do what the locals there are doing...stay away.
 Quoting: Idgits


Yeah, I understand . . . the more this happens in America, the more frightening and frustrating it's going to be for citizens who care, don't you agree?

But I have to say I think that's definitely a sound idea - to try and steer clear.

Mind if I ask if you live anywhere near the west coast? Just wondering how concerned people are out west.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20880830


I live in California. To be honest...this is an unheard of subject. I'm far enough away from the coast that events on the sea rarely hit where I'm at. But, I'm like many others here...watching the news, the hidden stories the little reporters without big name backing etc. NOTHING is readily available about this event it seems.
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Really? Wow, guess I thought any news in CA would be all over the state.

Do keep on top of this and report whatever you feel is significant. Your report is very detailed. And it's a very disturbing story . . .

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I live in Coos Bay, which is about 20 miles north of Bandon. I have a job that brings me to Bandon on a regular basis, and I've been to every place along that stretch of coast more times than I could count.

I also go for a walk on the beaches up here near Coos Bay, usually every other day. Just yesterday, I did noticed (during my walk) a number of dead birds, but they were not plovers. I can't remember the name of the bird, but it is a relatively small black and white bird.

The beach I walk is super secluded, and I was the only person on a long section of beach. But for whatever reason, there was a LOT of people at Bastendorff beach, which is only about a half mile from where I usually walk. In fact, I was going to walk Bastendorff, but I was amazed at how many people were there. More than I've ever seen in the 17 years I've been here.

The reason I tried Bastendorff first, is because it was high tide. I usually go to the secluded beach (I prefer) at low tide, because I can't walk nearly as far as i want at high tide, because i get cut off by a rock formation.

Anyway, like the OP said, this area has got some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The people that visit in the summer are always commenting on just how lucky we are to live here. And in the winter, the beaches are deserted, even when it's mild and warm out. I often walk the beaches in a tee shirt in January! It's the ocean currents that keep it so mild here.

But hey... Don't ever think of moving here, unless you already have money. Because you sure won't be making any here! Besides, with all the radioactive debris washing ashore, you probably wouldn't want to live here anyway... lol. Although I haven't noticed much debris myself. No more than usual on the beaches I walk.
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WOW.

This is an excellent post. Thank you for sharing this information and your photos.

I will spread the word.

5 stars and pin request.
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I live in Coos Bay, which is about 20 miles north of Bandon. I have a job that brings me to Bandon on a regular basis, and I've been to every place along that stretch of coast more times than I could count.

I also go for a walk on the beaches up here near Coos Bay, usually every other day. Just yesterday, I did noticed (during my walk) a number of dead birds, but they were not plovers. I can't remember the name of the bird, but it is a relatively small black and white bird.

The beach I walk is super secluded, and I was the only person on a long section of beach. But for whatever reason, there was a LOT of people at Bastendorff beach, which is only about a half mile from where I usually walk. In fact, I was going to walk Bastendorff, but I was amazed at how many people were there. More than I've ever seen in the 17 years I've been here.

The reason I tried Bastendorff first, is because it was high tide. I usually go to the secluded beach (I prefer) at low tide, because I can't walk nearly as far as i want at high tide, because i get cut off by a rock formation.

Anyway, like the OP said, this area has got some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The people that visit in the summer are always commenting on just how lucky we are to live here. And in the winter, the beaches are deserted, even when it's mild and warm out. I often walk the beaches in a tee shirt in January! It's the ocean currents that keep it so mild here.

But hey... Don't ever think of moving here, unless you already have money. Because you sure won't be making any here! Besides, with all the radioactive debris washing ashore, you probably wouldn't want to live here anyway... lol. Although I haven't noticed much debris myself. No more than usual on the beaches I walk.
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I just remembered the name of the birds that I saw. They were Common Murres.

After looking a your pics (OP), I know that is what you saw too. They definitely were not Plovers or Sanderlings. The ones you saw had been dead for longer than the ones I saw, which looked freshly dead, and this was on Saturday, near sunset.

If you look a a picture of the Common Murre, it looks just like what you saw. Black on the back, white on belly. I've seen many of these dead on the beach, over the years, which is why I could identify the ones I saw, but nowhere NEAR 200 at a time, like you saw.

I've only seen one at a time, except for Saturday, when I saw four, if I remember correctly. But then again, I wasn't looking for them in particular. If I had been scouring the beach, I might have found more.
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I live in Coos Bay, which is about 20 miles north of Bandon. I have a job that brings me to Bandon on a regular basis, and I've been to every place along that stretch of coast more times than I could count.

I also go for a walk on the beaches up here near Coos Bay, usually every other day. Just yesterday, I did noticed (during my walk) a number of dead birds, but they were not plovers. I can't remember the name of the bird, but it is a relatively small black and white bird.

The beach I walk is super secluded, and I was the only person on a long section of beach. But for whatever reason, there was a LOT of people at Bastendorff beach, which is only about a half mile from where I usually walk. In fact, I was going to walk Bastendorff, but I was amazed at how many people were there. More than I've ever seen in the 17 years I've been here.

The reason I tried Bastendorff first, is because it was high tide. I usually go to the secluded beach (I prefer) at low tide, because I can't walk nearly as far as i want at high tide, because i get cut off by a rock formation.

Anyway, like the OP said, this area has got some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The people that visit in the summer are always commenting on just how lucky we are to live here. And in the winter, the beaches are deserted, even when it's mild and warm out. I often walk the beaches in a tee shirt in January! It's the ocean currents that keep it so mild here.

But hey... Don't ever think of moving here, unless you already have money. Because you sure won't be making any here! Besides, with all the radioactive debris washing ashore, you probably wouldn't want to live here anyway... lol. Although I haven't noticed much debris myself. No more than usual on the beaches I walk.
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I just remembered the name of the birds that I saw. They were Common Murres.

After looking a your pics (OP), I know that is what you saw too. They definitely were not Plovers or Sanderlings. The ones you saw had been dead for longer than the ones I saw, which looked freshly dead, and this was on Saturday, near sunset.

If you look a a picture of the Common Murre, it looks just like what you saw. Black on the back, white on belly. I've seen many of these dead on the beach, over the years, which is why I could identify the ones I saw, but nowhere NEAR 200 at a time, like you saw.

I've only seen one at a time, except for Saturday, when I saw four, if I remember correctly. But then again, I wasn't looking for them in particular. If I had been scouring the beach, I might have found more.
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Thanks for sharing your post. I actually stayed in Coos Bay last week. Great little town! The Kozy Kitchen has the best waffles ever!!! :)
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Thanks for the pin. Lets get some info going here!
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I live in Coos Bay, which is about 20 miles north of Bandon. I have a job that brings me to Bandon on a regular basis, and I've been to every place along that stretch of coast more times than I could count.

I also go for a walk on the beaches up here near Coos Bay, usually every other day. Just yesterday, I did noticed (during my walk) a number of dead birds, but they were not plovers. I can't remember the name of the bird, but it is a relatively small black and white bird.

The beach I walk is super secluded, and I was the only person on a long section of beach. But for whatever reason, there was a LOT of people at Bastendorff beach, which is only about a half mile from where I usually walk. In fact, I was going to walk Bastendorff, but I was amazed at how many people were there. More than I've ever seen in the 17 years I've been here.

The reason I tried Bastendorff first, is because it was high tide. I usually go to the secluded beach (I prefer) at low tide, because I can't walk nearly as far as i want at high tide, because i get cut off by a rock formation.

Anyway, like the OP said, this area has got some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The people that visit in the summer are always commenting on just how lucky we are to live here. And in the winter, the beaches are deserted, even when it's mild and warm out. I often walk the beaches in a tee shirt in January! It's the ocean currents that keep it so mild here.

But hey... Don't ever think of moving here, unless you already have money. Because you sure won't be making any here! Besides, with all the radioactive debris washing ashore, you probably wouldn't want to live here anyway... lol. Although I haven't noticed much debris myself. No more than usual on the beaches I walk.
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I just remembered the name of the birds that I saw. They were Common Murres.

After looking a your pics (OP), I know that is what you saw too. They definitely were not Plovers or Sanderlings. The ones you saw had been dead for longer than the ones I saw, which looked freshly dead, and this was on Saturday, near sunset.

If you look a a picture of the Common Murre, it looks just like what you saw. Black on the back, white on belly. I've seen many of these dead on the beach, over the years, which is why I could identify the ones I saw, but nowhere NEAR 200 at a time, like you saw.

I've only seen one at a time, except for Saturday, when I saw four, if I remember correctly. But then again, I wasn't looking for them in particular. If I had been scouring the beach, I might have found more.
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Thanks for sharing your post. I actually stayed in Coos Bay last week. Great little town! The Kozy Kitchen has the best waffles ever!!! :)
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Yup, I've eaten at Cozy Kitchen many times... lol. Don't eat out very much anymore though, because I'm way too broke!
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I have been to Bandon numerous times as well as other beaches in Oregon and California. I know that the beaches are fairly empty most of the time. There may be a few people here and there, but I have never been to a beach that could be considered packed. The signs were certainly interesting and the dead birds are rather upsetting. I was in Crescent City, CA about two weeks ago, walking along the main strip of coastline. I know that I was extremely surprised by all of the dead crabs. It is common to see a few, but on this day they were EVERYWHERE! I even commented about it to my husband, telling him that I had never walked on that beach before and been worried about tripping on a dead crab. There were so many of them that a lot of them were still intact. The seagulls were around, looking very stuffed, and I took it to mean that there were so many dead crabs that they could not eat all of them. It is normally extremely rare to see a washed up crab that has not been completely gutted by the gulls, but the majority on that day were intact.
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No debris - nothing. It went around the other way towards Korea.
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I have been to Bandon numerous times as well as other beaches in Oregon and California. I know that the beaches are fairly empty most of the time. There may be a few people here and there, but I have never been to a beach that could be considered packed. The signs were certainly interesting and the dead birds are rather upsetting. I was in Crescent City, CA about two weeks ago, walking along the main strip of coastline. I know that I was extremely surprised by all of the dead crabs. It is common to see a few, but on this day they were EVERYWHERE! I even commented about it to my husband, telling him that I had never walked on that beach before and been worried about tripping on a dead crab. There were so many of them that a lot of them were still intact. The seagulls were around, looking very stuffed, and I took it to mean that there were so many dead crabs that they could not eat all of them. It is normally extremely rare to see a washed up crab that has not been completely gutted by the gulls, but the majority on that day were intact.
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Yep... Coos bay here again...

You are right. When I commented about how I was amazed at how many people were at Bastendorff, I was comparing it to what it's usually like. It's the most crowded beach in the Coos Bay area, and yet it's mostly deserted most of the time. Even though I was amazed a how many people were there, it was still nothing compared to a California beach. I was just comparing it to a normal summer weekend day, there.

I'm just spoiled in that regard. I often walk for miles without seeing another soul. It's a good place to be, when the SHTF. With fish, edible plants, wild game, mild weather, plenty of rainfall, etc... Although the fish might be radioactive now!
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Yikes, that is a significant and concerning report, one that everyone should pay attention to . . .

How sad for the birds, for all the marine and wildlife affected . . . how sad for this country.

Omg, so there's the contamination from radiation, the poisons from that, and now they're spraying (who knows what!) on top of that . . . and "bag it and leave it"?!! Are they kidding with that?

Your post is well stated and should get some attention.
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Thanks. To be honest...it's a bit overwhelming to try and even conceive where to start, what to do, or how to handle what's happening. I suppose for right now, do what the locals there are doing...stay away.
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We should have thought about that many decades ago before we started terrorizing the world.. You reap what you sow..
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Hi all. I am deeply sad to bring this news to you.
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Why? Who the fuck cares about some dead birds? cruise
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The fact that the media is silent is really telling. Someone somewhere is keeping a heavy lid shut on this topic. A news crew could spend 20 minutes at that beach and stir MAJOR attention to this problem. I guess that is why they're not there...TPTB dont want attention to it!
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5* thread OP .. thanks for the work ..

I may be wrong but those signs are for ecoli .. if no one said anyting yet .. we have similar signs in CT for the lower lying, or more still water areas ..

The pictures are amazing ..

I can't figure out why one of the locals hasn't bagged one of those birds up and sent it to a private lab ..

*sorry not the tsunami sign .. I missed that ..

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Hi all. I am deeply sad to bring this news to you.
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Why? Who the fuck cares about some dead birds? cruise
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Yep... You're an Aussie.
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These birds were all in different stages of decomposition which means they didn't all die at once in some freak incident or "fireworks".


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Which means they died of different causes many natural causes and the tide washed them up putin
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BTW, there have been a couple 4.0+ quakes off that area the last few days. I'm not sure if that would have any impact on the situation there.
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Hi all. I am deeply sad to bring this news to you.
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Why? Who the fuck cares about some dead birds? cruise
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Yep... You're an Aussie.
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That's all you can say isn't it?
Its all you can think of isn't it?
With your sheep like intellect a flag on the internet is all that wanders in to your pea fucking brain to say isn't it? cruise
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5* thread OP .. thanks for the work ..

I may be wrong but those signs are for ecoli .. if no one said anyting yet .. we have similar signs in CT for the lower lying, or more still water areas ..

The pictures are amazing ..

I can't figure out why one of the locals hasn't bagged one of those birds up and sent it to a private lab ..

*sorry not the tsunami sign .. I missed that ..
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Yes, a couple of those signs (for bacteria) have always been there. But there was also a sign that tells people to bag up and leave Japanese debris. Apparently, you didn't see that one.

I live here, and I've never seen those yet, but I am 20 miles from where the OP snapped the pics.
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Hi all. I am deeply sad to bring this news to you.
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Why? Who the fuck cares about some dead birds? cruise
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Yep... You're an Aussie.
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That's all you can say isn't it?
Its all you can think of isn't it?
With your sheep like intellect a flag on the internet is all that wanders in to your pea fucking brain to say isn't it? cruise
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It's all I needed to say. I a so used to Oztards making complete asses out of themselves on this forum, it was my way of letting you know I'm not the least bit surprised at your lowlife comment, as it was precisely the kind of thing you scumbag Oztards would say.
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Great post OP, kudos on posting pics!


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