Big drift log just above the surf

A View From the 2017 Wrack Line Through My Eyes

This year the drift was full of treasures. Some had human origins. Others were from rocky intertidal, subtidal, pelagic, estuarine, and terrestrial sources. Unravelling their stories, or trying to, is an irresistible challenge. Yet, every year there are some that remain mysteries. Below, arranged chronologically, from the distant memories of last winter at the top, to recent scenes from last month at the bottom, are drifted discoveries that caught my attention in 2017.


That’s a view from the 2017 wrack line though my eyes. It’s just a sample. If you want to see more floats and buoys, drift algae, carcasses, bottles, drift line inhabitants, and other beached drifters, browse through Wrack Line 2017 or any of my Wrack Line pages.




  1. An amazing selection! Shame on us humans for leaving stuff behind. Hopefully 2018 will make us more aware of our use of plastics.I am starting to make more of an effort.

  2. I must admit that dead birds (and other corpses) severely hit my look-away trigger, but the rest is fascinating. I’ve got just a beach for you, here in southern Tuscany: 12 km of sand in a nature reserve, so not many facilities. If you’re curious, have a look at my (only) beach-combing post back on my first blog (but after seeing your photos, these are terrible. :D):

    1. Thanks for the tip about your fine beach in southern Tuscany. I love a long sandy beach. Your finds look familiar, and some, the little blue by-the-wind sailors, Velella velella, wash ashore on Oregon beaches too. I’m sympathetic with the look-away effect of some of the images i posted. I’m glad it didn’t keep you from sharing your post and giving me the opportunity to see the beach through your eyes.

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