- 750 Common Dolphins,
delphis, were seen in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, between
11.30 am & 12.00 pm, heading towards the
Lizard. The dolphins were seen made from the
Orca-Seafaris boat by Keith Leeves, Suzi Gilpin, Caroline Curtis, Gary
Hawkins, Dan, Phil & Dave Jarvis & others.
whale of over 30 tonnes is washed up dead
on the sandy shore of the bay of Audierne, between Tronoën and the
Torch, near Plomeur near Quimper, southern Brittany, France. Samples have
been taken by Oceanopolis, Brest (Public
Aquarium) who identified the species as a Fin
physalis, that had recently died and measured 19.5 metres
Morning News" Report
of thousands of dolphins was spread over
about two and a half miles off Nare Head, on the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall.
The species involved is the Common Dolphin,
delphis, of all age groups including calves and mothers. Other small
cetacean species were possibly present. These superpods are a rare once
in a lifetime event around the British coast, but very large pods have
been seen off the Cornish coast in recent years, the previous
one occurring at the beginning of the year. The superpod was accompanied
by sea birds including Gannets
feeding on Mackerel, and Guillemots.
Pods of Dolphins off Cornwall in January 2003 (1)
Pods of Dolphins off Cornwall in January 2003 (2)
whales swam along the Dutch coast near Scheveningen. They were identified
as Humpback Whales,
novaengliae, from the photographs.
novaengliae, were seen near The Hague (Den Haag), Zuid-Holland.
They were discovered by the local department of the lifeboat association
who prevented the whales from swimming towards the coast. At dusk they
lost the animals near ´s-Gravenzande, some 10 kilometres south of
The Hague. The animals were estimated to be 8 and 18 metres long. They
were not seen by any of the local sea-migration watchers; the Humpbacks
were identified by the pictures made by one of the members of the lifeboat.
The identification was confirmed by Kees Camphuysen.
is the first record of living Humpbacks for the Netherlands.
Report on UK Cetnet
(in Dutch) with links to Photographs
on 20 December 2003,
a pair of Humpback Whales,
novaengliae, a male and a young whale, were caught in a fishing net
on Whales (notes)
medium-sized Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus
thynnus, was landed at Plymouth Fish Market. It was caught about 24
nautical miles east of Lizard Point, SW Cornwall in a mid-water pair trawl.
Adult Bluefin Tuna are no longer caught regularly caught off England and
the last one on record was caught in 1968.
along the coast at Bovisand in Devon were treated to a rare sight as a
five metre long whale was temporarily stranded close to the shore in Heybrook
Bay (next to Wembury Bay, east of Plymouth). It has been identified as
a Northern Bottle-nosed
Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus, after
originally being identified as a Pilot Whale.
The malnourished whale
was spotted by a walker, Steve Blackhouse,
who quickly rang the Coastguard.
Whales are rarely seen in the English Channel,
normally preferring in waters up to 1,000 metres deep, off the continental
Morning News" Report
Mammals of the UK Smart Group
Marine Life Rescue Report
Cornish long-line fishermen has caught a total 115
nasus, on two long-line fishery trips to
their feeding grounds off Cornwall. The largest one weighed 60 kg (132
lb), but is unclear if this was the weight before on after it was gutted.
It was two metres long, probably including the tail fin. These look like
a pre breeding stock of Porbeagles with females that do not attain maturity
until they are two metres in length. This mass capture has raised the ire
of environmentalists as the large species of sharks and even some of smaller
species like the Angel Shark, Squatina
squatina, are vulnerable to excessive
fishing. In the 1960s the Newfoundland fishery for Porbeagle was seriously
overfished as ceased as a commercial activity. Hundreds of Porbeagle Sharks
are caught off northern France each year.
pod of five Risso’s
Dolphins, Grampus griseus, including
two large adults, one with a distinctive notch in its dorsal fin, were
spotted from dry land off Stumble Head, Pembrokeshire.
by Lyndon Lomax and Welsh Cetacean Group coordinator Jamie Davis
Trust S&W Wales) via UK
Report on UKCetnet
serpullid worm Ficopomatus enigmaticus
has been discovered in Brooklands Boating Lake,
east Worthing, Sussex, for the first time. The tubeworms now seem to have
died, but this low salinity brackish water lake may increased in salinity
because of the lack of rainfall this year and provided a temporary niche
for large colonies of these worms.
is an abundant species.
enigmaticus was first noticed in northern France in 1921 (Fauvel
1923). It was first recorded from London docks in 1922 (Monro 1924). This
origin of this species is not clear, it occurs in waters of variable salinity
in temperate or warm temperate areas of both northern and southern hemispheres.
Dutch name translates into: "trumpet-calcareous-tube-worm" since the tube
often looks as a series of trumpets. This worm disappears after cold winters,
demonstrating its subtropical origin.
Information Page on Ficopomatus enigmaticus
Report and Photograph
a depth of nine metres on the muddy bottom of Loch Creran, Scotland, the
bostoniensis appears to be feeding on the Slender
mirabilis, which is not noted as a food source for this species
in British text books, although it is known to feed on a variety of hydroids.
Slug Forum Discussion & ID
Newsletter (Trondjhem Biological Station, Norway)
Report with the Photographs
unusual nudibranch feeding on a sea
anemone on the lower shore at La Valette on Guernsey's east coast has
been identified as probably being the species Aeolidiella
there is still some doubt over the identification and readers are recommended
to have a look at the photograph on the web
Slug Forum Messages
Slug Forum Species Index
Picton's Nudibranch Site
large number of Sea
Pendennis Point, Falmouth, Cornwall. They were mating and in about six
metres of water.
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(literally) of Sea Hares
were seen at Porthcothan, Cornwall, on the rocks around Arch Rock at a
low spring tide. Their sizes varied from very small
up to 50 mm long. This is unusual as shore migrations of adults usually
occur in spring.
a bit of flutter when it was spotted a long way up the tidal River Thames,
swimming eastwards towards the sea between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars
Bridge in a busy part of the city of London. This is less than a mile from
the House of Parliament, Westminster.
SHOREHAM FISH FESTIVAL on Coronation
West Sussex, was attended by 4,000 people if the sunshine as the high six
metre spring tide filled the river just before 1:00
pm. The British Marine
Life Study Society held an aquarium display
and despite technical problems with a very high plankton content in the
water (which meant the large wrasse could not
be displayed) the exhibits were well received by the younger age group.
japonica was collected from crab pot rope off the south coast
of Guernsey by Clive Brown.
Colonies of this sea squirt live on fucoid seaweeds, pontoons and other
hard substrates. The small translucent zooids (approximately 4 mm long)
are budded from stolons and generally rather closely packed. Young parts
of colony are yellow or greenish-yellow.
ascidian was first recorded in the British Isles in Plymouth Sound in 1999.
It had been discovered on the French coast of Brittany a few years earlier.
There has also been a further discovery in the Fleet Lagoon, Dorset (near
Reports (December 2003)
Megaptera novaengliae, off
the Netherlands, was found dead at Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, Zuid--Holland.
This was the same one that was seen floating on 29
September 2003, a young female, 9 metres in
Risso’s Dolphins, Grampus griseus,
were observed at Runnelstone off the Cornish coast, seven large ones keeping
apart from each other and a pod of five with some juveniles were milling
about in an area of fishermen's pot markers. Later, they all headed slowly
by Norman D. van Swelm
young eight months old Humpback Whale,
novaengliae, was washed ashore dead on the coast
of Katwijk, with the tail and a part of the right flipper missing, with
some thin ropes, blue and red/orange in the wounds.
large dead whale, initially identified as a Minke
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
was reported floating 8 km west of Hoek van Holland. Subsequently, it was
decided to tow the whale out of the way. However, after an analysis of
several photographs by Kees Camphuysen,
the whale was identified as a Humpback
Whale, Megaptera novaengliae. This
the first record of this species in The Netherlands!
on Portland Wildlife News
outlandish and completely unexpected addition to the Portland Island (Dorset)
mammal list came today in the form of a Harp
that was found hauled out on rocks along the East Cliffs at the Bill during
the afternoon; it remained there for three hours before being flushed off
by the incoming tide.
Harp Seal is an Arctic species that is hunted (cf. culled) in the frozen
north of Canada.
(Organisation Cetacea) Report with previous sightings
Swordfish has been reported stranded on
the Causeway to Worms Head, near Rhossilhi Beach, Gower peninsular in south
Wales. It lived for one hour.
this report has not been confirmed.
swordfish very occasionally reported in British seas is the Broad-billed