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NOAA data buoy 46027 | by Claudia Künkel
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NOAA data buoy 46027

According to the National Data Buoy Center website, this 3-meter discus buoy had been moored 8 nautical miles northwest of Crescent City, California, until it went adrift on December 11 and beached near Gold Beach, Oregon, two days later. That's a distance of roughly 50 miles (80 km).

 

The National Data Buoy Center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and oversees a network of buoys that hourly transmit information about wind, water and atmosphere conditions. This one stopped transmitting once it got stranded on the beach.

 

www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46027

 

It was pretty exciting to find this huge structure on the beach! It looks a lot like a space capsule to me! The marine life on the bottom is also very interesting!

 

Photo published in Science Magazine, June 2015

article with my photo, online version

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Taken on December 15, 2014