to the News Reports for Winter 2010
south-westerly winds have blown many organisms on to Dorset beaches including
the unusual pelagic Striped Goose Barnacle,
virgatum, and at Ringstead
Bay, near Weymouth a tiny Columbus
large European Lobster,
gammarus (= H. vulgaris), was
captured by Simon Sharp
off Devon and was under a metre long (total length) at 0.96
metres. The sluggish crustacean was returned
to the sea unweighed.
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.
The Almaco Jack,
rivoliana, is another scarce Amberjack
that is caught in seas around the British Isles.
exceptional mass stranding of millions (a galaxy) of Common
rubens, stretched in a broad band for over a quarter of a mile
on Holkham Beach on
the north coast of Norfolk.
usual residence would be feeding on the mussel
beds offshore. From a previous occurrence underneath the chalk cliffs east
of Brighton Marina,
Sussex, it is my surmise that the mass migration occurs because the Common
Starfish have exceeded their food supply offshore.
Perhaps, this occurs because of commercial dredging of the mussels.
In this case the stranding could have been exacerbated by north-easterly
Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, was
washed up dead on Salthouse
Beach, North Norfolk after a week of strong northerly winds and quite
rough seas, resulting in a variety of finds along the shoreline.
The octopus was
found by local diver Rowley Nurse
whilst walking his dog along the shore.
Mantis Shrimp, Rissoides desmaresti,
found in the stomach of a Pouting
caught two miles east of the Isle of Wight. The Mantis
Shrimp was a little over just over 10 cm in
Shrimps are locally abundant but rarely recorded
around the British Isles.
Shrimp, Rissoides desmaresti,
and a Small-headed Clingfish, Apletodon
were also discovered
in the stomach of a Whiting
off Brighton, Sussex.
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14 metre long Fin Whale, Balaenoptera
physalis, was washed dead up on the
near Priest Skeer on the Lancashire coast. There was no obvious damage
to the carcass which was being moved down the coast by the tides
from one dangerous bank to another.
in The Visitor
2009 - 30 December 2009
reports of Ray's Bream,
brama, being washed ashore on North Sea were received. These strandings
occurred in 2008
and earlier years.
of 2009 Reports
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species of barnacles were found in a week
of sightings at Chesil
Barnacle Dosima faciculalaria, Scalpellum scalpellum,
four species of Stalked
anserifera, Lepas hilli, Lepas pectinata and
17 November 2009
Report and Photograph
coriacea, was beached dead near Cancale
(Brittany, France) south of Jersey.
new species for the UK, the Miniature Sea
prenanti, has been found growing on
the Isles of Scilly.
The sea tulip is a stalked sea squirt that grows to about 15 mm in height.
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
crab and lobster fisherman Clive Brown
found what looked like a block of wood covered in Goose
Barnacles, Lepas anatifera,
floating off the south coast of Guernsey. When he retrieved the bulky mass
of Goose Barnacles
he found they were covering a piece of
image shows the equipment after 20 kg of the Goose
Barnacles had been removed. Four Columbus
were also discovered.
Islands Web Sites
fossilised skull of a Pliosaur
was discovered on ther crumbling cliffs of Weymouth
Bay on the Jurassic Coast
at Dorset. It measured 2.4 metres long indicated a predatory sea reptile
of a length between 10 and 15 metres. This
is twice the length of a Killer Whale, Orca,
over four times the size and the greatest predator this planet has ever
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
are often called a Broad-billed Swordfish,
there is only one species in the world. They are found throughout the tropical
and temperate waters of the world but appear to prefer sea temperatures
of 18°C to 22°C, migrating to cooler waters to feed in the summer.
These oceanic fish chase herring and mackerel
and are among the fastest fish reaching 90 km.h-1 (56 mph). This is in
part due to their being warm-blooded, which allows not only their muscles
but also their brain and eyes to work more efficiently.
recreational angler caught a 26.76 kg (59 lb exactly) female
pastinaca, in shallow water near Vermerette
off the west coast of the island of Herm,
Channel Islands, (about 400 metres from Herm harbour) from a boat. The
ray had a total length of 124 cm and a disc width of 76 cm.
stomach of the fish contained about 20 well-digested Sandeels
and some small shrimps
(it is a bottom feeder.) The liver weighed 4859 grams (10.7 lb).
ray would have broken the British record of the fish had been caught from
Sharks & Rays
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Bottle-nosed Whale, Hyperoodon
ampullatus, that has been trapped
in Loch Eil near Fort
William, south-western Scotland, was finally coaxed out of the narrow
sea-loch trap, through the Corpach Narrows and into more open water and
a better chance of making it out to the open sea and food. As the light
faded towards the end of the afternoon the whale dived and was not seen
again, swimming only a few miles from the open sea.
Divers Marine Life Rescue Report
& Dolphin Conservation Society Report & Image
and Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
Cetacea News Index
captured in trawl nets in the River
Forth at Alloa,
eastern Scotland, by fisherman Brian Hynd.
The three metre long Swordfish had a sword of a metre in length.
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Marine Life 2008 (Ray Dennis Records)
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