Tapley was the first to spot a Sperm
Whale, Physeter macrocephalus,
the south coast of Devon in the morning in calm seas. He spent about half
an hour watching the whale and taking pictures before returning to shore
and reporting what he had seen to Paignton Harbourmaster.
was the sound of the water coming out of the blowhole which will stay with
him. It was just so loud," said Dean Tapley.
Sperm Whale can be seen off the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland, usually
sighted alone. As they are a deep water species, they are usually only
observed from a boat. The large blunt head and forward angled spout make
the Sperm Whale
one of the easiest species to identify.
has been known for these animals to occasionally enter the western English
Channel but very rare for the animal to travel as far east as this and
so close to shore."
News Report with a Movie Recording
by Steve Savage
and Gemma Veneruso (Sea
& Dolphins in British Seas
Exall and Casey Brehaut caught a
Cornish Blackfish, Schedophilus
medusophagus, in a gill net south of Lihou
Island, off the west coast of Guernsey,
in the Channel Islands. The fish weighed 641 grams with a total length
a fork length of 393 mm.
fish is a mesopelagic
species from temperate waters of the north-eastern and north-western Atlantic
and the western Mediterranean. It is the first
known record from the Channel Islands caught at a depth of under seven
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June 2010 onwards
maximus, continue to be seen from the shore
off the Cornish coast.
Beach, Porthcurno, Cornwall
provide a special attraction
Shark Video on Facebook (by Maria Munn)
Sharks on flickr
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Fish, Raniceps raninus,
was spotted on a dive on the front side of Dawas Rock at Porthkerris,
Cornwall, at about 5 meters depth.
World Oceans Day 2010
tenth Adur World Oceans Day went well in the
Green, by Shoreham
footbridge at the High Street end on the opening Saturday of the Adur
Festival. Len Nevell
of the British Marine Life Study Society was
there with the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs.
aim of the event is to introduce the young visitors to the world of the
and seashore, an opportunity they may not get. It is an educational
with an opportunity for children to participate in the interactive
by Andy Horton (British Marine
Life Study Society)
Oceans Day on Facebook
was caught inside Guernsey's 12 mile limit in a scallop dredge. This
warm water and Mediterranean fish is a rare visitor to the English Channel.
small fish has venomous
spines on its dorsal, ventral and anal fins. Each spine has a separate
venom gland at the base.
scrofa have been recorded from Irish
waters so far this year. Scorpaena
appear to be more frequently recorded over the last couple of decades than
heretofore. Eleven of these records date from 1994 and the earliest from
guttulatus (=H. ramulosus)
Seahorses were spotted in Studland Bay, Dorset.
Male Spiny Seahorse at Studland Bay on Facebook (by Neil Garrick-Maidment)
Photo Album on Facebook (by Neil Garrick-Maidment)
May 2010 onwards
Film 2009 Link (by Dan Burton)
of the first Basking Sharks,
of the year are spotted off Land's End, Cornwall.
heard a brief splash as three of the twelve sharks breached the surface"
May 2010 onwards
Shark reports from off the coast of Cornwall
came from Pendeen and Praa Sands and the odd one off the Lizard. Later
reports on 18 May 2010
saw the sharks off Porthcurno and Sennen.
Basking Sharks 1
Shark & Ray News
Benyon, Conservative MP for Newbury, has
been appointed as the Parliamentary
Under-Secretary of State for the Natural
Environment and Fisheries at the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
rarely recorded Oarfish
(or Ribbon Fish),
glesne, was found dead in the small
fishing village of Bovallstrand
on the west coast of Sweden, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the Norwegian
border. This strange elongated deep sea fish measured 3.5 metres. This
was a relatively small specimen of the longest fish found in the oceans.
The fish was taken to the House of the Sea Museum in Lysekil.
The last recorded discovery of an Oarfish
Sweden was in 1879.
Ove Eriksson, who discovered the fish, initially
thought the leviathan
was "a big piece of plastic."
Report on the Northumberland coast 2009
large Box Crab,
cuvieri, was caught 80 miles west
of the Isles of Scilly by skipper Matthew
Keast on his boat Harvest
Reaper while fishing for Turbot.
rare species of deep-sea crab, normally found at depths of down to three
was landed at Newlyn.
was only the seventh recorded since records began in 1900.
Despite its long journey from the depths, the crab, which has a claw span
of more than a metre, appears in reasonable condition and is being looked
after in a specially chilled tank at the Blue
Reef Aquarium in Newquay.
Slater said: "It
looks like something from another planet and has caused quite a stir among
all the staff. It's one of the oddest crabs I've ever seen. It has
weird eyes on stalks which look like bicycle handlebars and a strange pair
of backward facing pincers. Apparently it's normally found very deep on
the edge of the continental shelf which runs from Morocco to Ireland at
depths of 3,000 metres," he explained. "Due
to the great depths at which they live relatively little is known about
giant Box Crabs, but it is thought they live mainly off dead fish they
find on the seabed."
Report in 2004
cuvieri on flickr
angler Troy Waterman
discovered the third (and his second) British record of the alien Asian
Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus
sanguineus, on the southern end of
the west coast of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It was a female and
alive. with a carapace width measured at 23 mm.
Shore Crab has a square-shaped shell with
three spines on each side of the carapace.
sanguineus is indigenous to the western
Pacific Ocean from Russia, along the Korean and Chinese coasts to Hong
Kong, and the Japanese archipelago. This species is an opportunistic
omnivore, feeding on macroalgae, salt marsh grass, larval and juvenile
fish, and small invertebrates such as amphipods, molluscs,
and polychaete worms. It is highly reproductive
with a breeding season from May to September. This versatile crab inhabits
any shallow hard-bottom intertidal or sometimes subtidal habitats. This
species has the potential to become an established competitor with native
Information (by Richard Lord)
ascanii, was discovered in a rockpool
in north Scotland. "It has a fern like horn above its head which
looks bright yellow in daylight." This
is an unusual find on the shore and this is only the second report received.
Both were from north Scotland.
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