three metres long 234 kg (515 lb) Bluefin Tuna Thunnus
thynnus was landed caught and landed at Tarbert,
Isle of Harris,
large pod of Bluefin Tuna Thunnus
thynnus were spotted off the coast of Donegal,
Ireland. There have been numerous reports of big fish jumping out of the
water. One was caught by an angler and brought into Mullaghmore,
Sligo. This specimen weighed a massive 285 kg (628 lb).
Western Atlantic stock of Bluefin Tuna
is on the Red List as
endangered. It is illegal to catch and land this species of fish in
the UK. (It was landed in Ireland.)
rarely caught Skipjack Tuna, Katsuwonus
(=Euthynnus), in English seas was accidentally
stranded on a Devon beach near Budleigh
Salterton. Leo Curtis and friend Ian Carrott
had been fishing on the beach when they spotted the 60 cm long fish in
15 cm of water in the River
Otter estuary. Skipjack are
the smallest and most common of all the
but they are native to tropical seas. This is the first record on the BMLSS
have been angling catches of the south-west coast of Ireland and stranding
reports on Scottish western island shores in the past."
rare female Sowerby's
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens,
a mother with its calf, has died after it got into difficulty, on the remote
shores of Hirta island
in the St Kilda
archipelago. Rescuers managed to refloat the five metre long whale, but
it later died. The calf found open water but it is unlikely to survive
without its mother. This oceanic whale is
rarely seen in British seas and strandings only occur in the extreme west
near deep water.
borealis, suffered a horrible death
after it was washed up alive on the sandy beach at at Waterfoot
Pier, north-east County
Antrim, south-east of Ballycastle,
Ireland. It was about nine metres in length so that indicated a sub-adult.
by Cathal McNaughton
is spot on for a Sei
Whale, dark leaden grey; fin had a very pale
right side to the throat and this pattern is asymmetrical as is the colour
of the baleen which
looks evenly coloured here; the erect and 'shark-like' dorsal fin is classic,
the Fin Whale
tends to be much more swept back and streamlined looking.
have been spotted off the south Cornish coast, notably a reported two metre
long specimen in Falmouth
Turtle is the largest of the turtles (Chelonii).
Adults can attain over 1.8 metres (6 ft) in length and 680 kg (1,500 lb)
in weight, but they are usually smaller. Leatherback
on sandy beaches in the tropics but they are great travellers and can be
found in the temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world where they
feed almost exclusively on jellyfishes
etc.) captured with delicate scissor-like
teeth. They can also accidentally consume floating plastic
bags which will probably result in their death. Unlike other turtles
its carapace is not a hard shell (exoskeleton),
but is covered by a layer of rubbery skin strengthened by bony bits which
makes it look leathery. The turtle discovered in Falmouth Bay probably
swam across the Atlantic Ocean from a breeding site in Florida
or elsewhere in the Caribbean.
classifies the Leatherback Turtle,
coriacea, on the Red
True’s Beaked Whales, Mesolpodon
mirus, were spotted around 100 km
off the southwest coast of Ireland.
Whale and Dolphin Group has said photographs taken during a research
expedition to the Porcupine
Seabight area showed that they were almost certainly this rarely recorded
species classified as a vagrant oceanic whale around the British Isles.
records of this whale
are only from off the west coast of Ireland and the Scottish islands. A
coriacea, was also spotted on the
of the eastern edge of the Porcupine Bight, which includes the Belgica
Mound Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for deep water corals.
of Morone saxatilis
most extraordinary report of a Striped
saxatilis, was caught on rod and line
off Dover Breakwater,
Kent. This is an unusual report because this
is a coastal anadromous
fish native to the east American coast.
- 6 September 2013
acutorostrata, stranded alive on Torry
Bay, near Crombie Point, Fife,
in the Firth of
Forth. The rescue attempts to save the four metre long juvenile whale
were unsuccessful and the whale was euthanised.
up the River
Tyne and was caught in salmon nets close
to South Tyneside.
The oceanic fish measured 1.2 metres (4 ft) long from the tip of its sword
to its tail.
are often called a Broad-billed Swordfish,
but there is only one species in the world. They are found throughout
the tropical and temperate waters of the world but appear to prefer sea
temperatures of 18°C to 22°C,
migrating to cooler waters to feed in the summer. These oceanic fish
chase herring, salmon and mackerel and are among
the fastest fish reaching 90 km.h-1 (56 mph). The Swordfish
an extremely rare visitor to the seas around the British Isles with records
of less than one a year. The Atlantic
population is endangered by overfishing.
the identification of this fish and this may be an escaped captive Sturgeon
of another species.
oxyrinchus, was caught on rod and
line off Hobbs
Dock, Pembrokeshire. It was about a metre long.
was thought to be extirpated throughout its European range including the
Sea and now only found on the American
side of the Atlantic where it is Near
is now extremely rare throughout its range. The
only remaining breeding population is now in the River
Gironde (France). In the past the Sturgeon
was widespread in the estuaries of the major rivers of northern Europe
including the Rhine,
and the River
classifies the European Sturgeon,
sturio, on the Red List as
endangered. It is a protected species listed in Appendix II of the
on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats),
and its trade is restricted under CITES
is completely protected in Europe as it is listed in Habitats, Fauna and
II and IV)
of the Bern Convention.
story information and status of the European Sturgeon
'super-pod' of at least five hundred White-sided
Dolphins, Lagenorhyncus acutus,
was seen heading north along the west coast of Unst,
Isles, late in the morning.
13.5 metres long Sperm Whale, Physeter
was stranded alive on Terschelling,
a northern island in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, despite rescue attempts
the young adult died on the vast expanse of sand on the shore.
Jellyfish and Comb-jellies
by Penny Martin
Atlantic Cnidaria facebook
on montage for more images
near to Yesnaby, Orkney
Isles, hosted hundred of thousands of Jellyfish, Hydromedusa (Crystal
Jellies), Comb-jellies and long strings of Salps.
Images and Links
Gallery by Penny Martin
Rock Crab, Pachygrapsus
by Sion Roberts
appears to be the first record of this immigrant alien crab on the Welsh
shore and only the fourth record around the British Isles.
Rock Crab is native to the shores of Black
Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It
probably arrived in ballast water as larva or attached to a boat or ship
as an adult.
Non-native Species Secretariat
newly born calves of the
Risso’s Dolphin, Grampus
griseus, with their parents, were
spotted off the Calf
large streamlined Shortfin
was hooked by Andy Griffith
30 miles off Milford
Haven, SW Wales. This dangerous shark leapt three metres into the air
off the stern of the boat before Andy
with the help of his crew mates managed to land the two metres long shark
after a fight lasting 40 minutes. Great care was taken to ensure the safety
of angler and crew as large specimens of this shark have been identified
in fatal attacks on humans. The 90 kg
shark was landed and then released. This is
the first record off the Welsh coast.
this fish is very similar to the more often encountered Porbeagle
nasus. The ID is usually confirmed
by the teeth.)
huge Atlantic Halibut, Hippoglossus
hippoglossus, was caught by Marco
Liebenow in northern Norway. It weighed 233
kg (515 lb) and measured 260 cm in length.
pod of fifteen (14 adults and one juvenile) Risso’s
griseus, was an unprecedented sighting
in such large numbers one mile off the coast of the Isle
of Man. The pod, which consisted of several large males, was spotted
near The Sound off
the south coast by scientists on a boat of the Manx
Basking Shark Watch (MBSW). These
large dolphins are a deeper water species that are rarely seen and can
be identified by scarring on their bodies.
& Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
barbatus, was still showing off at Yell
in the Shetland Isles.
by Dawn Watson
unusual burrowing sea anemone was discovered
with its 20 mm span of tentacles showing
above the substrate of gravel and silt at a depth of about seven metres
at Martins Haven,
south-west Wales. It was a lone 18 tentacled specimen amongst a mixture
Anemones and Daisy
Anemones, Cereus pedunculatus.
When disturbed this unrecognised anemone retracted very quickly and disappeared
completely from view. The majority identification opinion was a burrowing
anemone of the genus Edwardsia.
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