The Dangers of Humboldt County’s Coasts

Samoa Beach

The beach I am choosing to focus on for my third blog post is Samoa Beach up in Humboldt County. I chose to focus on this beach because I actually used to live roughly five minutes away from this location and it was always mesmerizing to go. I am choosing to focus on the educational lens when pertaining to this particular beach. Samoa Beach is located on the peninsula next to the city of Eureka, known as Samoa. Also located on this peninsula which ties in with Samoa Beach is the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. Evident in this beach is the large amount of objects that wash up shore. Driftwood is definitely the most noticeable considering its massive tree trunks that wash up shore. My friends and I used to drag the trunks from the water and bring them back to cover them with sand and use them as benches. Humboldt County is a magnificent place to see, it is basically a forest area but right next to the beach. Samoa Beach is a bit different considering it is off the peninsula and not directly off of the areas that contain forests. Although, Samoa Beach has a lot to offer such as the Dune recreation area. In this particular area, there is an abundance of native plant species and informational centers where you can learn more about what species reside in this area. The most interesting thing I learned about when visiting this particular beach is how sneaker waves are quite common in the area. Sneaker waves are only really active from Central California up into Washington. Sneaker waves are known as a sleeper wave which means that it can appear suddenly and without warning. A sneaker wave is a disproportionate large wave that can rush quite quickly so patrons of every beach in the area are always to be on alert. Although, here in Southern California we always see an abundance of people in the water, up in Humboldt that was not ever really the case. It would be a rare sight to even see surfers but swimming in the Humboldt County Coast just never was a thing out of safety because of how dangerous the waters were perceived to be.

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