Marine Natural History Society Annual Meeting
to Sea Floor
of Plymouth, Davy Building Main Hall on Friday and Saturday
Marine Centre in Plymouth on the Sunday, with access to microscopes
and running seawater.
very first positive record of a Greater
dumerili, for the seas around the island
of Guernsey was caught
by commercial fisherman Steve Fallaize off
off the north-west coast of the Channel Island. It weighed 585 grams.
twelve of this fish have ever been recorded caught around the British Isles
dating from the first one caught off Salcombe in Devon in 1951. It
can be mistaken for the rarely caught Guinean
carpenteri. (This species was only
described in 1971.) The differences between the Greater
Amberjack and the Guinean
Amberjack are minor. They differ in gill raker
count and ratio of second dorsal fin lobe height to fork length ratio.
Marine and Coastal Access Bill received Royal Assent
Act will create a new marine planning system designed to bring together
the conservation, social and economic needs of our seas. A network of Marine
Conservation Zones will be created that will protect rare and threatened
species and habitats. Four regional projects have started working with
local groups and businesses to identify which areas will be designated
as Marine Conservation Zones.
Whale washed ashore at Balmedie
by James Ross
in the Moray Firth 2008
40 tonne, 13 metre long Sperm Whale, Physeter
was found dead on Balmedie
Beach in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland.
& Dolphins in British Seas
pm on the shore of Barry
Island beach, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, a chap spotted a fin
sticking out of the water and hauled in a dead Broad-billed
watched by a swarm of congregating gulls. The
last British report was also washed up on Barry Island in July
a dive out of John
o' Groats (the most northerly settlement of mainland Scotland) I discovered
the rarely reported free swimming tunicate Thetys vagina
as well as the Mauve Stinger Jellyfish, Pelagia
noctiluca, both seen in shallow (10 metres deep) water, within
two or three metres of the surface. Thetys was observed swimming
by opening and closing its mouth and propelling itself along under the
cliffs at Skirza
Head (eastern coast).
vagina has been rarely recorded in Irish
waters. The species was reported for the first time in Irish waters during
1988 when hundreds of specimens were taken
in trawls at offshore. A few specimens were also found stranded on Ventry
Beach, near Dingle,
County Kerry during July 1987 & 1988.
9.5 metre long Humpback Whale, Megaptera
novaengliae, was discovered washed
up dead at Erith, Greater
London, in the River
Thames. On 10 September 2009 a
large whale was spotted at Tilbury
at least ten miles to the east (where the river narrows to 732 metres wide)
and this is believed to be the same one. The young male Humpback
Whale is believed to have starved to death.
is the first record of a Humpback
Whale recorded in the Thames, although
a large whale of this species was
washed up dead on the north Kent coast at Deal
in 2006. The
Whale is a deep water species but these whales
occasionally wander into the southern North Sea where they can become disorientated
and starve to death. In 2006
young whale became lost and died in the Humber. In 2006
it was a Northern
Bottle-nosed Whale that was washed up dead
up at Lambeth in London.
and Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
of fish have died of suffocation in the seas of St.
Austell Bay in south Cornwall.
more we looked, the more dead fish we found, mainly small ones, but eventually
even about half a dozen Cuckoo Wrasse,
bimaculatus, - a beautiful red and
blue fish, and some others which someone identified as baby Dogfish,
all unmarked but dead in
rock pools or on the shoreline. One chap even hauled out a large Conger
Eel, Conger conger, from a pool,
dead fish coincided with a large bloom
of plankton that had been blown into the bay. The bloom had turned
the water brown and left sludge deposit on the shore. The exact species
has not yet been identified.
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microphytoplankton species from the North Sea
caught Blunt-nosed Six-gilled Shark,
griseus, was landed on board the Clare
Dragoon out of Carrigaholt,
Clare, south-west Ireland. The fish which weighed in at 480 kg, (1056
beats the existing European angling record which stands at 466 kg and was
landed in the Azores.
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most unusual capture of a 120 cm long (Mediterranean)
Moray Eel, Muraena
helena, weighing about 11 kg, was
caught by West Penwith fishermen
on their "Trevessa"
beam trawler just 60 miles off Newlyn
Harbour, Cornwall. This is the first one this
century and only ten are on record of this temperate-tropical fish being
caught in UK seas, the previous ones being caught in the 1990s. They are
a North East Atlantic fish being found from Senegal to the English Channel
(and also in the Mediterranean).
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of krill-like pelagic
washed up on the strandline at Redcar
and Saltburn in north-east
England (North Yorkshire). The local people reported that the strandings
of amphipods have occurred for several weeks prior to this report.
mass stranding of amphipods occurred on the North Sea coast in 1966.
more were discovered washed up at Whitby
in North Yorkshire.
large native European Oyster,
edulis, weighing 1.36 kg, width
180 mm, length 170 mm and depth 70 mm was spotted on Plymouth fish
market in a box of mixed fish bought by merchant,
Randall of Mevagissey, and is now in the Mevagissey
Report of a large Oyster
Oyster & Slipper Limpet
of NE Atlantic Sparidae
salpa, was caught by the Looe trawler
Guiding Light II, skipper Andy Giles about
six miles south of the Eddystone reef (i.e. about 16 miles south of Plymouth).
The specimen was 370 mm long, the body plump but elongated with ten longitudinal
yellow stripes. This Sea
has only been recorded once before in British seas at St. Peter Port, Guernsey,
Channel Islands (on Zostera
beds at a spring tide) in 1983.
unusual octopus was captured in a shallow water net off Brittany, France,
Praed on the "Silver
Dawn" fishing out of Newlyn, Cornwall.
opinion identified the octopus as the deep water species Haliphron
atlanticus. It was probably
the smaller male as the females can grow very
are interesting animals which appear to only have only seven arms as the
eight one is very small. Records of its occurrence in the eastern Atlantic
are exiguous, with specimens caught off Ireland and off the Shetland Isles,
(or Ribbon Fish),
glesne, was discovered near
some cliffs at Tynemouth Pier, north-east England. This time the three
metre long fish was in a good condition.
unusual discovery washed up on the shore at Hauxley near Amble
in Northumberland on the north-east coast of England was the decaying remains
of an Oarfish (or Ribbon Fish),
glesne. This is a deep water species
and the longest fish found in the oceans reaching a length of 11 metres.
last known record was from Skinningrove,
Cleveland on the north-east coast in 2003.
fisherman Steve Fallaize
caught a Two-banded Sea Bream,
vulgaris, in a gill net set over night
one mile off L'Ancresse off the north coast of Guernsey. It weighed 1011
fish is a new record for the British Isles. It is principally a Mediterranean
species and is also found on the Atlantic Seaboard of continental Europe
and North Africa including Brittany where it is rare.
brama, continue their strandings on the east coast of England and
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