incredibly rare all white Humpback Whale,
novaengliae, spotted by engineer Dan
Fisher off the coast of Norway on a boat trip
to Svalbard in the
Arctic north. He climbed the mast to take some photographs of the white
whale amongst a pod of the normal grey whales. This
rare event has only ever been seen in one adult Humpback
extremely unusual of an angling capture of a Long-billed (Atlantic) Spearfish,
pfleuger, off a beach known as the Knap,
Island, south Wales, was the first known
record of this tropical pelagic fish in British seas.
fish was caught around 1 hour 45 minutes after high water, The fish was
very clean an lively an even had a sticky fish stuck to it. It was then
put back alive but wasn't very strong so I got in the sea to help it out.
It the swam off alive, minus the sucker fish which I lost."
stranding of 26 Long-finned Pilot
Whales, Globicephala melas, was
discovered at the foot of the steep cliffs at Pittenweem
east Scotland, at
in the morning. Thirteen of the Pilot Whales
which were already dead and probably only nine of the remaining animals
were likely to survive. The survivors were being attended to by the medics
and volunteers of British
Divers Marine Life Rescue. At mid
morning, reports came in of another 24 Pilot
Whales in the shallows three miles along the
coast at Cellardyke
on the north coast of the outer Firth
of Forth. By the late afternoon
three of the surviving whales
perished, but ten of them swam off strongly into open water on the high
two of them with help from the human volunteers to join the pod as they
had stranded again.
exceptionally large 7 kg (15 lb 4 oz) European
gammarus, was found by divers, Mark
Corp and Mark Reed, and donated to the Blue
Reef Aquarium at Portsmouth.
It appears to be the largest and heaviest Lobster
caught off the British coast since 1931.
18 metre long Fin Whale, Balaenoptera
physalus, swam into Baltimore
Cork, early in the morning and stayed virtually motionless at
the bottom of the pier all day. Fishermen tried to coax the huge mammal
back into open water without success. As crowds of people arrived to watch,
experts realised that the whale must be ill to behave in such a strange
Whooley (IWDG) said
"the whale’s behaviour suggested it was very unwell and would almost certainly
die. If this was a healthy whale she could probably reverse out of harbour.
It looks somewhat emaciated, and thrashing throughout the night has caused
died in the harbour on 15 August 2012.
large 400 tonne cliff fall
occurred at Burton
Bradstock on the Jurassic
Coast, Dorset; unfortunately killing and burying a young woman walking
underneath. The soft crumbly limestone
cliffs have a predilection for landslides
after periods of heavy rain.
was observed swimming in very shallow water (swimming amongst bathers!)
at the coastal town of De
Panne (Belgium) . It’s length was estimated at around two metres, and
it could be identified through the photographs provided by deputy-chief
lifeguard Filip Jongbloet.
pod of five to seven Minke
Whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
were spotted by anglers from their boat off Hastings,
East Sussex. Minke Whales are
a very rare sight off the Sussex coast at any time of the year.
encounter lasted 15 minutes and this one minute clip showed three of the
was spotted at a depth of 12 metres at Eastern
Plymouth. Its body was narrow, not deep like the Tompot,
150 mm long, has head tentacles, as you can see, but lacks noticeable dark
exceptionally large Porbeagle
nasus, was caught on road and line by Wayne
Comben and Graeme Pullen
and released 300 metres off Boscastle,
north Cornwall. It was measured at about 10 ft (3 metres) long with a girth
of about 2 ft (60 cm) which experts think was likely to be a pregnant female
with an estimated weight of 550 lb (250 kg) and this would have
exceeded the previously largest shark caught by an angler in British seas
beating the previous 1993
world angling record for the species of
230 kg. The shark towed the small boat for a mile before it was hauled
alongside. Even if it was possible to land the fish on to the boat, the
is now a protected species under European
Union (European Commission
on Fisheries) legislation.
evidence has emerged of the distances Cardigan Bay’s Bottle-nosed
Tursiops truncatus, choose
to travel during the winter months. Experts have found at least some of
them head north and like to spend their winter breaks in the seas around
the Isle of Man. Cardigan
Bay Marine Wildlife Centre’s (CBMWC) science
officer Sarah Perry
has been studying photographs taken by Manx conservation groups in Douglas
Bay in January and has managed to identify at least eight of the animals
previously seen off New Quay (SW
images were taken by the Manx Wildlife Trust marine officer Eleanor
has been an influx of Arctic gulls
seen in the Shetland Islands
and Orkney Islands and
further south off the Scottish mainland and islands and off Ireland and
on English coasts as far south as the English Channel.
largest ever Atlantic Cod,
angled in the English Channel weighed 19.8 kg (43 lb 9 oz)
was landed by boat by Chris Proctor
and caught 20 miles off Pevensey
Bay, East Sussex,
seems to think it was likely to be a Basking
Shark althought I thought it could be
a Blue Shark, Prionace
juvenile 26.4 cm long Loggerhead
caretta, was discovered alive on the rocks at along Widemouth
Bay on the north coast of Cornwall. This
young ocean traveller was likely to have been washed in by the recent gales.
Reports are rare in all months of the year, but especially so in the first
months of the year when the sea is too cold for their survival around the
young Kemp's Ridley Turtle,
kempii, was discovered on the shore
Bay, near Llantwit
Major, on the south Wales coast. This was the second of these young
discovered dead after the gales since
turtles breed on the coasts of Mexico and are usually found in the Gulf
of Mexico and were thought to have blown across the Atlantic Ocean.
The turtles are likely to have perished in the cold seas.