Marine Natural History Society will be holding its annual
meeting at Menai Bridge,
Bangor, north Wales. There will be two days
of talks (Friday and Saturday) followed by a field trip on the Sunday.
The theme of hotspots is to enlighten the delegates to those locations
or habitats that, through their natural (or otherwise) diversity of life,
inspire biologists to investigate them.
will be one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition
of World Oceans Day
part of the Adur
a recent bout of northerlies in North Wales I took the dog for a walk down
on Red Wharf Bay
on Anglesey and found
all sorts of things washed up.
(various species) were particularly abundant on the upper shore, with patches
a couple of inches (or more) thick. Common
rubens, were also very abundant, as a rough guess at 5-10
per square metre. Species such as the Sand
irregularis, Heart Urchin Echinocardium
cordatum, Dead Men's Fingers Alcyonium
digitatum, Masked Crabs,
spp., and various sipunculids (Peanut Worms)
were also washed up in considerable numbers, as were various shark
and ray eggcases. Of the more unusual
species, I found three Angular Crabs,
rhomboides, a small Conger
Eel (approx. 50 cm long) and a dead Chough,
Easter, after some heavy storms with snow blowing in off the North Sea,
I discovered hundreds of thousands of Razorfish, Ensis sp.
(a bivalve mollusc),
hundreds of Common Starfish,
rubens, lots of Sunstars,
papposus, and Brittlestars
washed up on the sands of Holkham
monstrosa, was washed up on the shore
at Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
on the North Sea coast of England. This deep
sea fish is a frequent capture in the Pink Shrimp fishery of the North
fish has probably been dead for some time causing it to lose its patterns.
This is the first report of a stranding on
these Marine Life News pages.
to proceed with enabling powers in the Marine
Bill to introduce a Sea
Angling Licence have been scrapped for 2008.
of the sea cucumber Thyone
fusus, many exuding their guts and
gonads as a response to the stress, were
discovered washed dead on up on the shore Newborough
in North Wales (only a few nautical miles from Dinas
the stormy weather, a dead
caretta, was discovered by Roger Adams
walking on Wanson Beach, near Widemouth
Bay, north Cornwall.
- 5 March 2008
of thousands of Common Starfish,
rubens, were washed on the shore of
- May 2008 onwards
Starfish were washed up on the coast of
Kent between Pegwell
Bay and Sandwich.
barbatus, was spotted at Loch
na Keal on the Isle of Mull,
a large island
in the Inner Hebrides, western Scotland. The healthy seal
had hauled itself up on to some dry rocks when it was first seen. Subsequently,
it has been unpredictable in its movements. The Bearded
Seal was first seen by David
Woodhouse (Mull Wildlife Expeditions)
or six-legged version of the Lesser or
cirrhosa, was captured in a lobster pot
off the coast of north Wales and put on show at the Anglesey
Sea Zoo. It was only then it was discovered to
have only six legs instead of the normal eight, and this may have a result
of a birth defect rather than an accident. It was been claimed as a world's
first as nobody seems to discovered one before. Its fame meant it was transferred
to the Blackpool
Sea Life Centre to attract a bigger audience.
Public Aquaria List (British Isles)
hippocampus, and Spiny
guttulatus (=H. ramulosus), will
gain protection against being killed, injured, or taken from the wild from
April 2008 under the Wildlife
and Countryside Act 1981.
addition, the possession or selling of the the Short-snouted
and Spiny Seahorsesí will become an offence.
It will also become an offence to damage or obstruct the Short-snouted
and Spiny Seahorsesí place of shelter or disturb
them in their place of shelter.
Shark: Red List of Endangered Species
Cetnet Yahoo Group
Whales, Megaptera novaengliae,
seen from the French coast off Le
Portel near Boulogne-sur-Mer at the eastern end of the English Channel.
Cetacean News Reports
6.2 metre long baby
Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalis,
was discovered washed up dead on a beach on the Lizard, south Cornwall.
Local resident Derek Chapman
had watched the whale swimming back and fore just off the beach at Porthallow
the day before it stranded. He was very concerned to see it come in so
close to the shore and realised that this was unusual. He later found
it dead among the rocks.
Whales are the second largest animal on earth
and only eight stranded animals have been recorded in Cornwall, the first
Whale (Cornwall 1999
Whales Strandings Index 2004
Whale washed up dead on the Isle of Wight 2007
caretta, seen swimming in the northern Irish Sea off Portaferry,
Northern Ireland at the first date was eventually washed up dead. It weighed
over 200 kg.
dead juvenile Loggerhead Turtle,
caretta, beached alive at Putsborough
on the north Devon coast. It was rescued from the cold British seas and
transferred to the Blue Reef
Aquarium at Newquay, Cornwall. To the amazement of the discoverers
and Pauline Bussell, a little blue crab crawled
out from underneath the dinner plate-sized shell of the turtle. This turned
out to the alien hitch-hiker known as the Columbus
minutus, which occasionally gets washed
up on the shore with floating driftwood and other pelagic debris.
5 February 2008
Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris,
was reported dead on Saligo Bay on the west coast of the Isle
of Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner
one was reported dead on Machir Bay, Islay, and this time it was a female.
It still had its tail flukes, dorsal fin and flipper intact but had not
been dead as long as the previous stranded whale.
Beaked Whale is a deep water species that
feeds on squid and is rarely seen alive or dead
in Hebridean seas.
Natural History Trust
Dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba,
a relatively uncommon sight in inshore Cornish waters, was stranded alive
on an ebbing tide on the south coast at Church Cove, Gunwalloe,
near Helston. The dolphin was lying on the beach not far from the surf.
At first sight, it looked relatively unscathed but it was later found to
have a bad injury and was euthanased. This
was only the 14th Cornish stranding record for this species of dolphin
and only the second one stranded alive.
& Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
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Divers Marine Life Rescue
commercial fisherman Rick Ferbrache
brought me a Red Sea Bream (=Blackspot
Sea Bream), Pagellus
bogaraveo, caught off Portinfer Bay
on the north-west coast of Guernsey. It weighed 454 grams and was
32.6 cm long (total length).
Sea Bream were
common in Guernsey waters until 1984 and then they disappeared. During
the last year or so they have been making a comeback to Guernsey waters.
the southerly species of Sea Hare, Aplysia
depilans, photographed above, a long
way down the shore of Belle
Greve Bay shore on the east coast of Guernsey. The intertidal zone
contained many more of the Common Sea Hare,
punctata, which comes inshore to breed
in early spring.
from the Greek-registered Ice Prince,
which sank about 26 miles (42 km) off Dorset after a storm on 15
January 2008, began getting washed up on Worthing
Beach in the evening of 18 January 2008
and tonnes of pine planks littered
Sussex beaches from 20
January 2008. The usual debris was on the
including a dead Short-snouted Seahorse,
hippocampus, discovered by Craig
Vernoit on Brighton
Beach just to the east of the Marina. A Bottle-nosed
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, was
washed up dead west of Brighton
Whales & Dolphins (by Steve Savage)
capriscus, was found on the beach on
the high tide
line at Machir Bay,
north west coast of Islay,
by Alistair MacCormick (Islay)
14 January 2008
have a report from Mr Meale
who spotted what appears to be a Ocean
Sunfish, Mola mola,
found on Eccles
Beach, Norfolk on 5 January 2008.
A further report in the EDP published on Monday 14
January 2008 shows a picture of a Sunfish
found on Sea
Palling Beach, Norfolk.
rare Kemp's Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys
washed up at Porth
Ceiriad on the Llyn
peninsula, north-west Wales.
Ridley Turtles are
listed as critically endangered by the World
Conservation Union, with only 35 records
of the Kemp's Ridley
species in UK and Irish waters. According to the Marine
Conservation Society the latest estimates suggest that only a few thousand
adult females still nest on only one stretch of beach on the coast of the
Gulf of Mexico.
Kemp's Ridley Turtle
was washed up dead on the shore at Sheringham
in Norfolk with a large 35 cm wound reminiscent of a predator attack. The
jury is out on the cause of the wound which could be as a result of fishing
on the Marine Wildlife
of the NE Atlantic Yahoo Group
previous week in Kent we had a dead seal
turn up with large wounds on it. They were circular and about 50 mm in
dead juvenile Loggerhead Turtle,
caretta, was recovered by staff from the Islay
and Jura Seal Sanctuary after it washed up
near Ardbeg, on the island of Islay,
the southernmost island of the Inner
Hebrides, western Scotland.
Marine Life News 2007
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