John Vonderlin Updates us on Neptune's Vomitoriums

“Also known as the Marine Debris Update:”

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Hi June,
   Though  Neptune’s Vomitorium at Invisible Beach is starting to clear of sand slowly, (Only the top of the head of the “fish rock” that guards its mouth had been above the sand until now) its production of non-buoyant debris is still minimal. There have been a few interesting things I’ve envountered over the sparse months though that I’d like to share.
   The vomitorium that’s located at the point your car might land if you get airborne while drunk and speeding west on Pescadero Rd. on a foggy night  and don’t see the STOP sign on Highway 1, was active last month. It gifted me with a record number of eight Aerobie Rings in one visit and a few goggles, swim fins, tire parts, and fishing line balls, but has been quiet lately.
   Speaking of fishing line balls here is a picture of the seven trash cans of them I eventually have to tie onto the “World’s Largest Fishing Line Ball.” Can’t imagine why I don’t get to it.
   The thing  I’m holding  in the attached picture that looks like a hairy valentine heart raxakumin-052
is probably from the gills of something, but maybe it is a part of some filter feeder’s straining system. I don’t know,  as I’ve never seen one before and I’m not sure who might know what it is. I’ll work on it eventually. Parts seem to be a lot harder to identify then species. Kind of like Fast Food. Enjoy. John

John Vonderlin: Oil, Tunitas Edibles & Neptune's Vomitorium Isn't Producing

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Your posting about Tunitas oil drilling gave me the term “Bella Vista Oil Syndicate” to search. It’s Tunitas’ most famous citizen, Creed Haymond, who was the former owner of the ranch. I’ll follow this thread out as I have other articles about the Tunitas oil wells, the refining in  Half Moon Bay, shipping on the OSRR, etc.
In an unrelated matter, in one of the Tunitas / Gordon’s Chute articles I sent you, the writer mentions the “Tunitas,” plant from which “Don’t Eat Us Beach,” gets its name. He describes the plant, something I had not seen before. Do you have any idea of what plant it could be? I’m going look around and collect a few specimens the next time I’m there.
Lastly, Neptune’s Vomitorium, has remained choked by sand because of the lack of big storms/waves to move the sand offshore. As Maverick’s goes, so goes the non-buoyant Marine Debris collecting I guess. However, after Burt’s Memorial, we were running a little late, almost didn’t, but did make a quick hike there, to find it is stirring. It produced a thin line-up of “the usual suspects,” but not from the main “throat,” but rather from smaller breaks in the reef  that occasionally produce something. With the large waves that we had Tuesday night, I’m going to try to check it out in the next few days if everything is stable here. Enjoy. John