Bottle-nosed Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus, became
stranded in the River
Orwell, Suffolk, and is unlikely to survive being trapped in the estuary.
The three metres long whale was first seen around 2:00
pm in the area of the Orwell
Bridge, just outside of Ipswich.
The whale was humanely euthanased to prevent it suffering a lingering death.
a 3 metres long Thresher Shark,
that had become entangled
in his salmon nets, 200 metres off Filey,
near Scarborough, Yorkshire. Thresher Sharks
a pelagic species that are occasionally seen inshore in the English Channel,
but are much rarer in the North Sea and the last one reported from off
the Yorkshire coast was over 80 years ago. The length includes its abnormally
long tail that it uses to strike or thresh fish.
July 2007 12:50 pm
east with the tide 200 metres off Ventnor
in the calmer water a two metres long Ocean
Mola mola, swam
so close to the rib that I was able to reach down and stroke it. It felt
soft to the touch. The Sunfish
appeared to nibble at the growths on the boat. Its large eyes just under
the the surface of the sea were looking at me.
by Stuart Damien-Philips (Harbourmaster, Ventnor)
the first time in 10 years, with an incredible 300+ Common
Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, were
seen in the outer southern Moray
Firth in NE Scotland along the Southern Trench on our Minke
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
youngRisso's Dolphin, Grampus
griseus, swam into Fishguard
Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, during some story weather. Because this
whale has a long dorsal fin it was first spotted as a shark.
The young whale kept swimming in wide circles in the deeper area of the
harbour clearly demonstrating some degree of spatial awareness. Luckily,
about an hour after being seen, it followed the outgoing ferry to the open
sea off south-west Wales.
have discovered what appears to be a mature female "berried" specimen of
the Slipper Lobster,
arctus, from SW Ireland. It was taken in a lobster pot just north of
Inis Tuaisceart by local fisherman Edward
Moore on board the 'Mystique Dawn'. We have
kept it alive in a tank in Dingle
would appear to be the first record of this species from Irish waters.
Records from off Cornwall are rare with about 27
records off Cornwall (mostly around the Isles of Scilly ) and off Plymouth
crustacean that is also called the Spanish Cape Lobster is normally
found in more southerly waters rarely found further north than the Azores
and usually caught at depths of between 30 and 150 metres. Half the females
have been discovered to be carrying eggs (="berried").
Report and Notes (by Doug Herdson)
& Irish Public Aquaria List
was one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of
Shoreham-by-Sea, with exhibits
hosted by local experts and enthusiasts of the undersea world. Live lobsters
and crabs, a rock
pool aquarium, the whale
and dolphin exhibition, a touch table of strandline
exhibits found on the shore and other interactive displays was on display
under the marquee on on Coronation
Green overlooking the River
Adur by the Footbridge.
World Oceans Day was run by a committee comprising representatives
British Marine Life Study Society, West
Sussex County Council,
Watch Foundation, Friends of Shoreham
Beach, Friends of Widewater Lagoon, Shoreham
Greenpeace and other groups, with support
Herald Adur Festival Launch Photographs
this brilliant sequence of photographs, Nic
Direct.com), captures a European
lutra, in the process of capturing
a Snake Pipefish,
aequoreus, on the Isle
of Mull (map),
Argyll and Bute, Inner
Hebrides, SW Scotland.
large Tiger Prawn
has gone on display at the Blue Reef Aquarium,
Newquay, Cornwall, after being caught in the nets of a Cornish fishing
boat. The rare prawn was discovered 23 miles off the Lizard,
south Cornwall, by fisherman Jim Helliwell.
It is believed to have escaped from a French shrimp fishery as a larvae
and survived in the English Channel. An adult Tiger
Prawn will grow up to 30 cm long.
Reef spokesman David
"We've done some research and it appears that this is the seventh large
foreign prawn recorded in British and Irish waters since records began.
We understand that virtually all of those have been found since the 1980s
and experts believe they are escapees from shrimp fisheries off the coast
extraordinary report of an Oceanic Pufferfish,
lagocephalus, discovered washed up
dead on the shore by Christopher and Morwenna
Smart at Treyarnon
Bay, near Padstow,
on the north coast of Cornwall was published in the
Morning News. This referred to a
washed up on 19
the period 31 October 2005 to 8 December
2006 there were seven Oceanic
Pufferfish recorded in Cornwall, compared
to 17 in Cornwall and about 40 in the whole of Britain and Ireland from
about 1760 to 2004. In this same 13 months there were three found
stranded in Ireland and three caught by French fishermen in Biscay.
school of over forty Harbour Porpoises,
phocoena, were seen off Sussex,
Rocks, between two and three miles from the shore. They made an incredible
amount of noise as they came up to breathe and caused commotion amongst
our group of free divers. They may have been chasing Mackerel
which were caught by anglers later in the day. This
report of these numbers of Porpoises, which
could have been as many as sixty, is
almost unprecedented from off the Sussex coast in recent years.
Fallaize caught a record Couch's
pagrus, on rod and line from a boat
in Guernsey waters. His capture has been accepted by the British Record
Angling Committee. It weighed 6 lb
9 oz 7 drams (3 kg). Its
total length was 560 mm and fork length was 495 mm.
Sea Angling Records
SWF boat survey between Stonehaven and Aberdeen (NE Scotland) recorded
a group of five Risso’s Dolphins, Grampus
griseus, close inshore off Muchalls.
The dolphins were heading south and were spread out as individuals and
pairs. This is the first sighting we have had of this species in eight
years of vessel-based surveys off Aberdeenshire.
& Field Notes
Aberdeen Harbour, NE Scotland
by Ali MacDonald
Shark, Cetorhinus maximus,
was seen near the Lizard,
Cornwall, swimming out to the Point.
of 10 July 2006
by Seb de Gange
small (3 to 4 metres long) Basking Shark, Cetorhinus
maximus, was seen by Edward
Murray off Picklecombe Fort at the western
entrance to Plymouth Sound around 2:30 pm.
It was circling, apparently feeding.
first recorded Basking
Shark was seen off Cornwall on 14
April 2007, off Lantic
Bay by Roger Phillips.
Baking Shark Records 2007
high spring tide swept over Blacktoft
Sands on the Humber
estuary raising the height of the water over the reed beds by half
a metre and destroying all of the newly built nests of the rare Bearded
Tits. The Humber is a managed estuary
but still the natural processes of the sea are eating away at the coastal
land like the Avocet
breeding area known as Read's
Island which may disappear entirely in the near future.
Report by John Clare (RSPB) has been
have had a fish brought into the Orkney
Marine-Life Aquarium found dying on Sands
Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands. It has been identified as the Deal
arcticus. It measured 140 cm long
by 30 cm deep by just 4 cm wide.
Fish is regarded as scarce in Irish (and UK)
inshore waters (<200 metres), but is considered common in deeper offshore
waters. I have frequently observed it as a by-catch in mid-water trawls
(500-600 metres) targeting Blue Whiting, Micromesistus
poutassou, off the west and north-west
coast of Ireland.
Map now has a Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas
Marine Wildlife 2006 (Ray Dennis Records)