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What’s at the tip of the South Jetty?
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 14, 2017 12:01AM


Back in 2014, Frank Watson sent in 2012 Google Earth photos of the stones at the far western end of the South Jetty with what looked like mysterious markings, or pictographs, on them (pictured, inset).

The Ear sent the photos to Michelle Helms at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who are in charge of the jetty. She sent one back of that very same section of rocks, taken in July 2013, but from a different angle, and the markings aren’t visible. Where did they go?

“I showed the image to our jetty experts,” she wrote, “and they tell me the ‘markings’ are sea lions.” The Ear was still a little skeptical, but Astorian Keith Warren’s recent photo of the end of the jetty, shown, dispels all doubt.



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