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Beachcombing & Agates
Agate Hunting on the Oregon Coast

There are many good spots along Oregon beaches to find jasper, petrified wood, and fossils..


Agates are more likely to be found from December to March, especially after storms.

Agates come from erosion of cliffs along beaches and rivers where they wash out to the ocean and get polished in the surf over time. In the summer, agates on sandy beaches are deep beneath the sand.

Winter storms remove sand and expose the agates underneath.

Areas marked in blue on the map are good rockhounding beaches. Beige on the map indicates sand beaches.


The Oregon Coast gives up some great beachcombing treasures recently

Beachcombing Updates from Oregon Agates

CrepidulaIt is beginning to look a lot like beachcombing season again! Frank was just in yesterday (December 9, 2010) with a few trophies he wanted to share with everyone. He found what we all believe could be a fossilized sea turtle scull, (yet to get this photo) a very well defined fossilized Crepidula praerupta shell. Frank has also been very busy educating our upcoming pebble pups by doing geological presentations for classes in our Lincoln County School District. Good job Frank!

November beachcombing finds On the Oregon Coast

By Oregon Agates

bchcmbingLucky Spike, a local beachcomber was just in with these beauties he has found over the last week or so.The fossilized crab claw (rarely ever found) is really quite impressive.The agates are very nice sized sard (brownish one), blue-black, and the bottom one is a cloud agate.

Seal Lion Deaths Along the Oregon Coast Prompt Warnings for Humans and Dogs

NEWPORT, Ore. –A sharp increase in the number of sick and dead California sea lions has been reported along the Oregon coast in recent weeks and many may have died from leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease found in a variety of animal species and can be transmitted to humans, according to Jim Rice, an Oregon State University scientist who coordinates the statewide Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

“We are now getting calls for multiple sick or dead sea lions daily, which is higher than normal,” said Rice, an OSU Marine Mammal Institute researcher who works at the university’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. “The overall number of sea lions also has risen, so it’s difficult to compare mortality rates from year to year, but certainly we’re seeing an increase in animals that test positive for leptospirosis.”

Fall's increased surf activity unearths Oregon Coast beachcombing treasures

by OregonAgates

½ pound Agate found October 5, 2010

JenIves1Congratulations to Jennifer of Federal Way, WA who dropped in to show us this beauty she just found today weighing ½ a pound.

I guess the season is going to start earlier than we thought it would.

Beachcombing Treasures from the Oregon Coast

SpikesAgateRingSpike of Seal Rock found this beautiful black agate earlier this year while agate hunting here on the Oregon Coast. The ring was created for him by FACETS Gem & Mineral Gallery of Newport. The ring was fabricated of Sterling Silver for him to give his lady Monica. We wish Monica many years of enjoyment from her new ring.

Searching for the elusive intact Sand Dollar - an Oregon Coast favorite activity

sanddollarThe best time to hunt for sand dollars is when the tide is going out, especially after a storm.

If there are a lot of rocks on the beach... pick another beach. Waves + Rocks = Broken Sand Dollars

Get there before anyone else.

Walk a mile or more further than other searchers are willing to go and you are more likely to find Sand Dollars that are on top of the sand.

Look for the buried Sand Dollars. Many Sand Dollars are left uncollected because only a small edge is showing above the sand.

California Teen finds 7 year old message in a bottle while beachcombing on the Oregon Coast

By Bill Lindelof for The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee PhotoBeachcombers can search a lifetime and never come upon what 14-year-old Stuart Woodhall found.

Woodhall, from the Penn Valley in Nevada County, was on vacation with his family in Oregon during spring break, roaming a beach south of Coos Bay after a strong Pacific storm.

He spied a glass bottle, watertight thanks to a rubber stopper, deposited by waves among some rocks.

Does Peeing on a Jellyfish Sting Help?


Jellyfish dazzle families every day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. They're also found swimming off the Oregon Coast and occasionally wash up on beaches, where it's not safe to get so close.

Keep young wildlife wild: It’s best for the animals and it’s the law
Fishing Reports

MMI-ElephantSealPupThis is the time of year when Oregon's wildlife are raising their young, teaching them what to eat, where to take shelter, and how to survive in the wild. During this time, parents will temporarily and naturally leave their young to feed elsewhere.

Unfortunately, well-intentioned people sometimes mistake young animals temporarily left by their parents as orphans and remove them from the wild. Doing so reduces the animal's chances at long-term survival in its natural habitat. Last year, of 732 "orphaned" animals admitted to licensed wildlife rehabilitators, 81 died, 15 were euthanized and 65 may never be released back to the wild.

Never assume an animal is orphaned and remove it from the wild without further consultation.

Minus Tides Reward Oregon Coast Beachcombers

May30_2010Weather was great for a trip to the beach or fishing today. It was sprinkling as we left but once we got down to the beach it was dry and warm. There were so many fishing boats out today and people on the beach with their families and their dogs great fun for everyone.

We just got home from Seal Rock with this beautiful collection of stones for the kids. They are anxiously awaiting their new collection to get their rock polishers started again.

The beaches were so busy with cars all over the place at all of the better known collecting spots. We spent about 4 hours actually laying in the gravel talking and just picking up sea (rarely seen intact on our rocky coastline) shells, sea glass plus many colorful Jaspers and Agates one after another as we visited together with our friend Scott.

trophy_of_the_dayThere must have been about 12 other folks getting down in the gravel too just sitting there with pebbles all around them. We found the biggest one in the photo as we were heading home it weighs in at over 1¼ pounds and 4 inches across - - >

Oregon Coast Beach visitors asked to keep away from seals and sea lions

seal pupAs the Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer season, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds Oregon coast visitors to stay away from seals and sea lions resting on rocks or beaches.

Right now, thousands of California sea lions are migrating south to breed for the summer and many may stop to rest on Oregon beaches. In addition, harbor seals are having their pups. Often, the mother will head out to sea to feed, temporarily leaving her pup on shoreline rocks or the beach. As with any young wildlife, ODFW asks people not to approach or pick up these seemingly abandoned seal pups.

Complete Woolly Mammoth Tooth Found on the Oregon Coast

MammothToothThis is a very rare find for here on the Oregon Coast. This fossil tooth was actually found here on the central Oregon coast a couple of years ago and I finally had a chance to get a photo of Craig's wonderful beach combing find. It weighs close to 5 pounds, and appears to be that of an adult complete sixth tooth (due to the size of it). Congratulations to Craig on this magnificent find.

Through research it has been stated that elephants were plentiful in North America, and their fossils have been found in many states. However complete teeth are rarely found, more frequently would be individual plates or partial teeth.

Editors note: The top photo is the actual tooth showing the washboard effect. The lower image shows the bottom of the tooth that would have been below the gum.

from Agates on the Oregon Coast Blog

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