Oregon Coast News This Week: Strange Brown Blobs, Dead Whale, Dining Specials
(Oregon Coast) - Oregon Coast Photos: Weird Brown Foam. Strange brown globs have remained on the north coast, especially in Seaside. It’s a mixture of brownish breakers and weird blobs floating on the sea, alarming some tourists and residents and causing them to call authorities.
The goo is actually a very good thing: caused by a form of phytoplankton called diatoms, which are microscopic plants, essentially. They are a part of the base of the food chain: on them all things aquatic depend. So it’s a good sign when they show up in such heavy amounts they turn parts of the sea brown.
They did some interesting things this week in Seaside, clumping together mostly in one single area of the beach. They were also spotted briefly just south of Cannon Beach. More....
Oregon Coast Eateries Provide Spring Dining Deals. A decent handful of eateries along the coast announced some specials to coax more visitors into stuffing themselves while at the beach.
Among those were Mo’s Restaurants in all their six locations: Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Otter Rock, two in Newport and Florence. Zinger’s Ice Cream in Seaside has announced its spring flavors.
In Seaside, there was Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro. Cannon Beach had Stephanie Inn Dining Room, Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge and Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market showing off new features or specials. Also on the menu were Nehalem River Inn in Nehalem, Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, and Lincoln City’s Hilltop Inn Family Dining and The Beach Dog Café. Full story here...
Oregon Coast Full Campsites, Earth Day. The big seafood and wine fest in Astoria has filled up campsites nearby, leaving Fort Stevens State Park with no place to camp. Lodgings near Astoria will undoubtedly be filled to the max as well.
In the meantime, Earth Day kicked off almost two weeks of celebrations in Cannon Beach, where a number of lectures, hikes and other nature activities go on well into May. Full story here...
Baby Whale on Oregon Coast Died of Rope Entanglement. The week started off with some really sad news as a baby Gray whale washed up near Gearhart already dead. It appeared all wrapped up and entangled in a rope from a crab pot. A necropsy has since proven what experts initially could tell by sight: it had been caught in rope from crab pots and drowned.
The whale was 27 feet long, and a male about four months old. Staff from Seaside Aquarium responded to it shortly after it was reported.
Dr. Debbie Duffield from the Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s headquarters at Portland State University arrived Saturday morning with her crew of biologists and students to conduct a necropsy. She determined the calf was still of nursing age – which is found by certain aspects of the tongue on a baby whale. Full story here...
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