lectures: Seas for Life
for Life’: Our oceans, their future and their biodiversity
Institute of Environment, University of London in conjunction with
and Conservation Studies Society.
of the Lecture Programme (Link)
counted 33 Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, washed up on a half mile stretch
of beach across Porth
Kidney Sands, Lelant, Cornwall,
mature Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, were washed up dead on Porthcurnow
Beach in Cornwall in the afternoon.
unprecedented stranding of over a hundred jellyfish
octopus were discovered on the beach at Formby,
"The jellyfish were literally
uncountable - we walked about a mile along the beach and they stretched
the whole way and out of sight. They were all more than 60 cm in diameter.
The previous high tide was accompanied by a moderate
wind but nothing exceptional, and it was not particularly high."
days later, almost all the jellyfish had disappeared with just a few seen
stranded on the shore.
Records of Rhizostoma octopus
commercial fisherman Peter Merrien
landed an Atlantic Bonito,
sarda, which is a member of the tuna
family, Scombridae. It had a total weight
of 1716 grams, a total length of 53.7 cm and a fork length of 50.8 cm.
capriscus, was photographed
up dead on the shore at Ceibwr,
North Pembrokeshire, SW Wales.
least three species of Stalked Barnacles,
hilli, Lepas pectinata and
anatifera were discovered on the high
mark at Long Rock,
Penzance, Cornwall. Strong south-westerly winds had washed ashore a large
plastic lid that the animals were attached to.
is a pelagic tropical-sub-tropical species that is blown to the UK shores
on flotsam via the Gulf Stream. British seas are too cold for these species
to survive and breed.
Barnacles on Aphotomarine (by Dave Fenwick)
of the Hebridean Seas
pod of at least 24 Long-finned Pilot Whales,
melas, swam into Loch
Hebrides, Scotland. It is unusual* for
these cetaceans to swim so close to the eastern shore of the Western Isles.
The increasing narrowness of the loch meant that there was a possibility
of the pod becoming stranded on the shores of the loch, so the Stornoway
Coastguard called in the British
Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and other experts.
the whales were in danger of heading towards the head of the loch, local
fish farmers took their boats and having formed a ‘U’ shape behind them,
slowly guided them back out past Cornan
Pier where they were safe from stranding in deeper water 400 metres
of Carnan Pier Area
There are historic records of up to Pilot
Whales stranded dead in narrow Scottish lochs,
notably in the narrow Clachan
Sound where 192 Pilot Whales were
stranded in 1837.)
The whales did return to sea but 35+ whales, thought to be the same group,
dead on a Rutland
Island beach and nearby in County
Donegal, Ireland, on 7 November 2010.
of the dead Pilot Whales
brama, swam ashore at Immingham
Wall at Bay 28 on the River
Humber just before high tide at
1:30 pm. This was the first report received
for the colder months of 2010.
Sharks & Rays
Crane received a shock when he landed a 4.95
kg (10 lb 14 oz 11 dram) female Marbled
Electric Ray, Torpedo
Seager’s ‘Out of Blue‘,
while fishing about three miles to the east of Sark,
Channel Islands in the English Channel. The electric
ray had a total length of 58.6 cm and a disc
width of 41.5 cm. It took a whole Black
Bream, Spondyliosoma cantharus,
presented as bait.
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unusual sighting of six, possibly seven Sperm Whales, Physeter
macrocephalus, were spotted by Sea
Watch Regional Coordinator, Alan Airey at
looking out to the Moray
spotted the mammals with his scope originally six kilometres offshore but
the animals came within three kilometres of the coast and could be seen
with the naked eye. These animals were spotted just before midday and stayed
in area for most of the day.
raninus, was discovered washed up
West Beach, Pembrokeshire.
Marine Life News 2009
Marine Life Records 2009 (Ray Dennis Records)
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