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Doug Forsell just sent this in:

"I was out on Manchester Beach yesterday (Friday Oct. 6) at about 5:30 PM walking south from the Stoneborough Road entrance, and about 500 yards from the mouth of the river, I came upon a raccoon feeding at the edge of the surf. Wanted to get a picture so I slowly walked towards it.  Kept expecting it to run away, but even after it saw me it continued to feed. I was about to walk away when it finally turned towards me, hunched its back and began acting very aggressive. It even made a couple of charges towards me, of about 5 feet.

I continued south and every once in a while looked back with my binoculars and the animal remained vigilant with his back raised watching me for about five minutes until I disappeared from sight. Any normal animal would certainly have run for the dunes so I suspect this animal may have rabies or some serious mental issues.
Thought you might want to put a notice on your blog to let people know that there may be a rabid raccoon in that area. Especially important for those who take their dogs to the beach. While of course dogs are supposed to be on leashes, most of the dogs I see there are not on leashes.  I think that raccoon could do serious damage to the biggest dog."

***Please keep your dog on leash while on Manchester Beach until this Raccoon is found and tested.***

Thanks to Doug for the warning and his photo too.

That's what Anne Mary Schaeffer did - she went to Manchester State Beach.

Storm tossed driftwood at Manchester Beach by Anne Mary Schaefer (Large)

Here's what Anny Mary said, “[Here is a photo of] storm tossed driftwood piled along the base of the bluff. I love the light’s last gleaming, the long low shadow of the log on the bluff, the color in the sky, the mist at the shore’s edge to the north – yes, natural untouched raw beauty.”

Thanks to Anne Mary for allowing me to share her photo with you here. To learn more about her pet photography, here is her website: http://www.pawpawrazzipetphotography.com/

Bettye Winters loves to walk on this huge crescent-shaped beach. She has sent me photos of so many different creatures she sees on her walks. But this is a first. She saw a hang glider!

The several people on the beach were sure surprised to see this person glide by.

Thanks to Bettye for a unique sighting and for allowing me to share her photo with you here.

Bettye Winters noticed the sparkling ocean with a fishing boat passing by. Lucky for us she had her camera at hand.

And here Bettye photographed Manchester Beach from the bluffs at the north end. This California state park is lightly used. It is not unusual to see no one else at this beautiful beach.

Thanks to Bettye for allowing me to share her photos with you here.

Bettye Winters regularly walks the north end of Manchester State Park Beach with her dog, Hunter. This is what Bettye had to say, “This morning there was another first waiting for me. I’ve never come across a shark on our beach. It was small and still alive. I put Hunter on a down/stay. I tried to get it back in the water by rolling it with a big stick but it would just get washed right back to the sand. It was thrashing around and those teeth were awfully sharp looking.”

High tide was coming in and Bettye hoped the tide would take it further out to sea so it could survive but that wasn’t to be. The next day she found its body down by Alder Creek, about a mile from where she originally spotted it.

This was a Salmon Shark, Lamna ditropis. They eat salmon, squid, sablefish and herring. They resemble a Great White Shark in that their eyes are close to their snout. The Salmon Shark, however, only grows to ten feet long.

The question is why this shark died up on the beach. Eric Anderson had a good theory. He wrote, "I talked to a state biologist a few years ago because one had washed up on Anchor Bay Beach. I took it down to the Bodega Bay labs. The shark biologist told me they get about ten a year that wash up on beaches. He suspected they eat other fish that have eaten too much plankton.”

So, while we are sad this Salmon Shark died, we feel lucky we got the chance to see it. Thanks to Bettye for allowing me to share her photos with you here.