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Oregon Coast Sees Rare Oddities, Seals and Wild Waves
|Intense wave action at Yachats
(Oregon Coast) –
It was more than the average visitor bargained for on the Oregon coast
this weekend, as the warm weather brought out an exciting, even rarely
witnessed natural event, a couple of lounging seals, some strange discoveries
about tide pool life and extraordinary waves that belied the calm, sunny
conditions and would’ve made surfers from Hawaii jealous.
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With the coast being
the warmest place in Oregon, it wasn’t your average tourist destination
by any means. But seldom seen natural events, like the “green flash
at sunset” or seals resting on the beach, made this weekend stand
out in the minds of officials and visitors. (Click
here for story on tourism numbers and the busy weekend)
|Aquarium staff had to deal with a seal like this one (taken in 2005)
Over the weekend,
Seaside Aquarium staff had to deal with two strandings of seals on the
north Oregon coast, which caused quite the buzz with beachgoers who spotted
the always-fascinating natural event.
The aquarium is part of the
Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which means when a seal or other sea
mammal wanders up on the beach to rest, it’s their job to rush to
the area and post signs that people should keep away and not try to misguidedly
aide the creature.
A one-year-old seal
decided to take a nap on the beach at Cannon
Beach, causing a stir among the visitors there. “He decided
to nap on a crowded beach,” said Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside
Aquarium. “We know we’re getting lots of people on the beach
by the amount of phone calls we get on seal strandings. We got a ton of
The other seal wandered up
to Rockaway to lounge for a while, but aquarium staff didn’t get
to that one before dark. Chandler hoped that seal made it back into the
really their beach,” Chandler said. “Humans are just using
it for awhile. The beach is where they live, so it really belongs to them.”
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Wild, even enormous
waves wowed beachgoers all weekend, on top of the blue skies. But especially
on Sunday, huge “half pipes” rolled over much of the Oregon
coast surfline, along with spectacular white caps caused by east winds.
Yachats, they made a fiery show, with huge waves rolling over onto
themselves, looking like the monsters they get in Hawaii, and then steady
east winds would knock the tops off them and create enormous white caps.
This big display had professional and semi-professional photographers
out in full force on the central coast.
interesting was going on here,” said BeachConnection.net editor
Andre’ Hagestedt. “You get these white caps when winds from
the opposite direction hit them as they’re rolling in. Yet these
waves were enormous, while the wind conditions were really quite calm
to almost nothing on most of the central coast. Last I heard, there were
big storm systems held offshore by warm temperatures here. So it’s
likely some storm out there was sending huge waves our way, while a small
measure of east winds would tussle the waves into these fantastic displays
of spray you saw today.”
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Crowds were gathered
in force along Yachats’ beachfront, with many on the new viewing
platform, checking out the maniacal wave action while still basking in
relative warmth and lots of sun.
On the central coast
on Sunday, the famed “green flash” at sunset made its rare
appearance and amazed those who witnessed it. Bob Trusty, co-owner of
Village Market & Deli saw it from
his restaurant in the Nye Beach district of Newport. Hagestedt, along
with girlfriend Melissa Haines, saw it in Waldport.
|Green flash at sunset: notice the green
spot in the dark clouds in the upper left portion. Photo: Bob Trusty
This rare oddity occurs
when atmospheric conditions are just right, and observers see a small,
greenish blob hover at the top of the sun just before it drops below the
horizon. It usually lasts for two to ten seconds, and is most often seen
as a shimmering, indistinct shape that is green.
“It totally blew me away,”
Hagestedt said. “I’ve seen it before here in Waldport about
ten years ago, in Seaside around that time, and then in Lincoln City this
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this one as a quick blip of a shade of green, really more of a flash in
this case. It was faint, he said, but a definite flash of green, as if
the sun let out a quick burst of something just as it went down.
Trusty was trying to photograph
the sunset, and wondered if he might see the phenomenon again –
as he has photographed it twice this year under very unusual circumstances.
“It happened just after I took the shot, but it takes my digital
a couple of seconds to reset itself so it can take another picture,”
Trusty said. “Then I saw it. It was too late.”
|Sunset scene in Waldport, seconds after
the green flash
Trusty admitted he
wasn’t sure if that’s what he saw until Hagestedt called him
by cell phone just outside of Waldport. “I asked him if he saw it,
and he said ‘I thought that was it, but wasn’t sure,’
“ Hagestedt said.
BeachConnection.net will publish
two more articles about this phenomenon this week; one will be part of
the “freaky facts” series, and another deals with Trusty’s
two photographs of even more rare incarnations of this event.
Seaside, Chandler said he didn’t
see it on Sunday, but admitted he’s a bit jaded by having seen the
phenomenon quite frequently. “I see it all the time,” Chandler
|Near Yachats, where the "talking barnacles" were heard
Chandler also played
a role in another remarkable discovery made by BeachConnection.net staff
on Sunday. Hagestedt and Haines were walking around a hidden spot just
north of Yachats, where tide pools filled the area and barnacles smothered
the rocks, when Haines heard an unusual noise.
|Cutaway of barnacles
me and said the barnacles were making noises,” Hagestedt said. “For
a second I thought she was pulling my leg, or maybe I wasn’t understanding
her. She kept going ‘Do you hear that? Do you hear that?’
And of course, after being a rock music writer for almost ten years, no,
I didn’t. Eventually, she showed me to a spot where she said the
barnacles were really making a lot of noise. I bent close, and I heard
an odd little squirting or squishing noise. Sure enough, these things
do make noise.”
Hagestedt and BeachConnection.net
staff then talked to Chandler about the oddity, and he confirmed they
actually do make noises. “It happens when they move around in their
shells,” Chandler said. “They have two sets of shells to protect
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