File Shell from Loch
by Darryl Mayer (Dive
Mayer Photograph Gallery
colony of the Gaping File Shell,
hians, has been discovered in Loch
Alsh, a sea inlet between the Isle
of Skye and the western Scottish mainland. The reef habitat covers
an astonishing 4.6 sq. miles (7.5 sq. km) and was discovered during
a survey commissioned by Marine
Scotland. It is the largest known colony
of Gaping File Shells
in seas around the British Isles and possibly the world. Numbers
of the bivalve mollusc
exceed 100 million and they create their own specialised
habitat with unique fauna.
bed of Horse Mussels (or Clabachdubh),
modiolus, at Noss
Head off the north-eastern tip of Scotland covers an area of 4 sq.
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, was seen
swimming with Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus,
the Irish Sea and
observed from the Isle
of Man shore with binoculars by Becca
Crow and Sarah Kaye. This
association is known to occur but is seldom observed. It is debatable whether
it could be considered temporary mutualism
or an opportunistic encounter? Herring was
believed to be the prey and the question is
whether the two species of cetacean
were actively co-operating?
is also possible the dolphins
were taking advantage of the commotion the Minke
Whale would have been creating and were in
fact stealing the fish." (Dr
Peter Evans). The Bottle-nosed
Dolphins normally visit Manx
waters between October and March
to feed on herring, mackerel and whiting.
south-east storm threw up at least six species of fish into the boat noust
on the east side of Shapinsay
in the Orkney Islands.
There were at least 30 fish of various sizes. Species identified were Tadpole
young Cod, Saithe, and both Cuckoo
and Ballan Wrasse.
Similar wrecks occurred on other coasts.
and comments by Paul
Hollindrake on Snorkel
wrasse have thick protruding lips, and there are strong teeth, both in
the jaws (for biting and rasping) and on the pharyngeal
bones in the throat (for gripping and crushing). With these teeth they
are able to enjoy a mixed menu of shelled animals including barnacles,
other crustaceans, and molluscs.
Wrasse (by Dr Amanda Young)
of Humpback Whales,
novaengliae, gathered to feed off
Arctic Norway, for the third year in succession.
Whales hunt by encircling a group of fish
then diving underwater. You have no clue where the whales are before you
see hundreds of scared Herrings
jumping out of the water, followed by Humpbacks
with wide open mouths." (Espen
novaengliae, were spotted bubble-net
feeding for small fishes in seas off southern Ireland near Baltimore,
Cork. The Irish
Whale & Dolphin Group (IWDG) recognised
most of the individual whales from previous visits in 2001
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
silvery sea bream (Sparidae)
boops, was caught off Penlee
south Cornwall (near Plymouth).
warm water fish is rarely seen in British seas reaching its most northerly
point of distribution in the English Channel where this schooling fish
appears as a vagrant.
Shale Cliffs at Rope Head
with the baleen whale
by Dom Greves
whale was spotted by Ilay
Cooper, (author of Purbeck
Revealed), at Rope
Dorset, beneath the vertical shale
cliffs. He discovered the 13.6 metre (44.6 ft) long carcass whilst walking
along the shore at low tide. Its inaccessible location
and the position of its head and blowhole made it difficult to identify.
Wildlife Trustís marine conservation officer, Emma
Rance, believed it could be a juvenile
physalus, which would be a first discovered
on a Dorset shore.
Images by Steve Trewhella (Link)
caught by angler Tojo
from a boat out of Holyhead,
The unusual white shark was returned to the sea.
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