barbatus, was still showing off at Yell
in the Shetland Isles.
young starving two metres long Minke Whale,
was washed up alive
at Gorleston, Norfolk,
and was too badly ill and had to be euthanised.
Adur World Oceans
was one of the UK leaders in presenting the thirteenth environmental exhibition
Oceans Day on Coronation
Nevell of the British
Marine Life Study Society presented the usual exhibition of
The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB)
took an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham
Beach. Wildlife writer Steve
Savage presented the whale
and dolphin exhibition with the life sized replica of a Bottle-nosed
Hills on behalf of the Sussex
Wildlife Trust produced an interactive
display on the sea and seashore for the younger age group. David
and Marion Wood produced a presentation about
Lagoon (brackish lagoon) LNR. Exhibitors were able to find the time
to answer questions about marine life.
participants included Southwick
Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life, and Colin
Knight and Mark Colvin
with a butterfly presentation on the behalf of the Sussex
branch of the Butterfly
Oceans Day on Facebook
Nations: World Oceans Day.
Grey Seal at Seaford
by Barnacle Bill Simmons
grypus, made a surprise visit to Seaford
Beach, Sussex. Grey Seals are
not residents on the shingle and sand shores of Sussex and it was out of
its normal range.
Report of the two Grey Seals near Seaford
discovered the earliest evidence of hominid
antecessor, outside of Africa,
in sediment, partially covered by beach sand, at low tide
on the foreshore at Happisburgh,
on the Norfolk coast. The footprints are more than 800,000 years old (early
and they are direct evidence of the earliest known hominids
in northern Europe.
was discovered freshly dead on the shore at Babbacombe,
near Torquay, south
reported as a Yellowfin
Tuna, Thunnus albacares, the
absence of the yellow on the anal finlets and the short first few rays
of the anal fin indicates it is unlikely to be theYellowfin,
likely to be a Bluefin Tuna Thunnus
The fish was not measured but I have estimated its length
(excluding fins) to be 1.7 metres.
14 & 28 May
have been washed up dead on the Irish coast, the first one an adult female
Whale live stranded and died at Five
Fingers Strand, Malin,
Donegal and two days later a juvenile Beaked
Whale, which had also live stranded, was found
Bay, Malin. Both of these are thought to have been the vagrant True's
Beaked Whales, Mesolpodon
mirus, (awaiting confirmation from
DNA test) and were removed to Athlone
for post mortem. A five metre long female stranded at Aillebrack, Ballyconneely,
Galway, at the end of the month. All three
might have been stranded as a result of a single incident as this deep
whale is rarely seen in British seas and
the only records are from the west coast of Ireland.
4.5 metre long male Sowerby’s Beaked Whale,
bidens, has been reported dead, stranded alive at Clarach
Bay near Aberystwyth
in west Wales. A Cetacean
Strandings Investigation Programme UK (CSIP)
team from Marine Environmental
Monitoring recovered the body and a CSIP team from Zoological
Society of London travelled to the stranding location to conduct a
- 30 April 2013
at St. Oswald's Bay
& Coastguard Agency
& Coastal Safety
chalk landslide occurred over night on
the seaside chalk cliffs
Bay, east of of Durdle
Door, Dorset. The
wet weather had made the chalk
treacherous for walkers on the coastal path,
and about 40 metres of the cliff suddenly gave way and collapsed with hundred
of tonnes of debris deposited in an enormous pile on the beach that reached
half way up the 20 metre high cliff.
of Dungy Head, St. Oswald's Bay and Man O' War Head near Lulworth Cove
carried out by British
Geological Survey has shown 16 cliff falls
between Bridport (Dorset)
and Chichester (West
Sussex) in the first four months of 2013
compared with 22 for the whole of 2012.
large and unusually large pod of 14 Sperm Whales, Physeter
catodon, were spotted off the Firth
of Forth, heading from the island of Fidra
to the Lamb, just a mile offshore at North
Berwick in East
Lothian. The whales
then changed direction, heading towards Crail
in Fife. The Sperm
Whales were seen by microlight
flyers and also spotted by Scottish Natural
Heritage staff and researchers on the Isle
of May who
were able to identify the whales from their distinctive tail
flukes, dorsal fins and plumes of spray.
Drumfish or Shadefish,
regius, was discovered in Looe
Market (south Cornwall) and was caught in a trawl south-west of Eddystone
southern fish is a rare occurrence in British seas with only three records
since 1998. The
fish was 54 cm long (TL) and weighed 1.35 kg.
Drumfish or Shadefish,
by by Clive Palfrey
book name Meagre
or Maigre was
a transcription mistake in an old book and I have discontinued its vernacular
use. This large fish is identified by its
called the Shade-fish,
still be common off the African Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Adult
fish can attain a length of 1.9 metres and weights of 48 kg (100 lb).
It is also a fine sporting fish and extremely good eating. Because, it
is reported to inhabit shallow seas, it may have been over-fished off the
European coast centuries ago.
first two Basking Sharks,
maximus, of the year (off Cornwall) broke
the surface of the sea between the Lizard
Point and Falmouth,
good seven to eight metres in length feeding about 60 cm down, mouth wide
open. We were able to interact carefully with this huge mysterious creature
for about 15 minutes, during which time we were giving some exciting views."
dozen Basking Sharks,
maximus, were spotted off Slea
Head, County Kerry,
Ireland by Nick Massett.
new fish has been added to the British list with the extraordinary discovery
of the deepwater and little known Jellynose
Fish (family: Ateleopodidae)
loppei caught in the Western Approaches
to the English Channel.
by Andrew Rowe
are deep-water, bottom-dwelling, marine fish. They are known from the Caribbean
Sea, eastern Atlantic, the western and central Indopacific and the Pacific
coast of Central America. Their skeletons are largely cartilage (hence
"jellynose"), although they are true teleosts
and not at all related to Chondrichthyes.
wreck of seabirds and crustaceans
and other animals washed up dead on a Yorkshire shore at North
Scarborough included one of the more unusual squids
in British seas. It is thought most likely to be the Hard
sagittatus. . The total length of the
squid was estimated at 60 cm. This is the
first report of this squid on these News Reports.
by Steven Wignill
200 dead Puffins
were found between Filey
on the Yorkshire coast, in the wreck as a result of bad weather.
on the Biology of Squids in UK waters
first inshore Basking Shark,
maximus, sighting records of 2013
came from off the Dingle
Peninsula off Ireland. In common with recent years, it was land-based
effort watchers at Slea
Head, County Kerry
and another sighting off the south coast of Ireland off Ram Head, County
Waterford (Andrew Malcolm & Ann Trimble)
that confirmed the annual inshore spring movement.
Cliffs at Oddicombe
by Rosie Spooner
cliff fall occurred at Oddicombe,
Torbay, with the soft Breccia
cliffs collapsing into the sea and turning
March - 8 April 2013
Sperm Whale blowing in
10 metre long deep water Sperm Whale, Physeter
catodon, made an unexpected and surprising
visit to the shallow waters of Oban
Bay in south-west Scotland. It has been unable to negotiate its way out
of the horseshoe-shaped bay and has attracted many visitors over a sunny
long stay in the harbour does not seem promising for its survival.
Whale tail fluke showing
in Oban Harbour
March 2013 - 3 April - et seq
Bearded Seal, Erignathus
barbatus, made an appearance at TBS Salmon farm in Basta
Voe, in Yell
in the Shetland Isles.
Arctic seal is a rare visitor to even the most northernmost Scottish islands.
by James Simison
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