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23 September 2014
An epic natural tragedy in the sea was witnessed off the Ards Peninsula, north-east Ireland, when a bull seal was spotted by Lena McVea from Ballywalter with a large item of living prey in its mouth, described as pink with a large dark shadow and as big as another seal. This action was seen through binoculars in a deep channel with pladdies, between the Long Rock and the shore. Eventually, a three metre long juvenile Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, was discovered dying on the sandy shallows. The freshly dead shark was taken away for post-mortem. 

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23 September 2014

Sea Spider, Endeis
Photographs by David Fenwick Snr

An extraordinary red Sea Spider, Endeis species, was discovered on the lower shore at St. Ives, Cornwall. There were quite a few of these miniature pycnogonids rarely recorded before this year on British shores. Sea Spiders are occasionally discovered on the shore and in the seas around the British Isles but they are usually of the genus Nymphon or the bulkier and widespread species Pycnogonum littorale. But this year this slender species, without chelifores or palpus, has also been recorded at St. Abbs Nature Reserve by Shaun West (in August 2014) and other reports from the east coast of England (by Dawn Watson) and the first ever records from the Netherlands (Marco Faase). This specimen was examined microscopically by Dr. Paul Gainey and identified as Endeis spinosa. The are 10 records of this species in Cornwall, the first in 1912, but confirmed by Bamber in 1983.

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Pycnogonida (Sea Spiders)
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6 September 2014
A Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, was spotted swimming around a boat off Start Point, south Devon, by a fishing vessel laying pots. The video showed the top dorsal fin to be a yellow but the anal fin is not extra elongate which would be found in the Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares, so it is a Bluefin.

Late August & September 2014
Atlantic Bonito, Sarda sarda, were caught with some frequency in the English Channel. Reports have been received of at least thirteen caught in waters close to Guernsey and three from around the island of Sark, but judging by facebook  references I think more have been caught.

Atlantic Bonito
Photographs by Jon Ashworth

Bonito, caught in the Mackerel handline fishery in Cornwall, have been seen in Newlyn Fish Market, Cornwall, and one was recorded at Cawsand, south Devon, and others as far east as Dorset. This warm water fish is a slightly smaller fish seen amongst the Mackerel shoals and has been seen on occasions before, but there seems to be more of them this year. NB: In past years larger Tuna have been amongst the Mackerel even as far east as off the Sussex coast.

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28 July 2014

Killer Whale
Photographs by Jac Volbeda

A sub-adult 15 year old Killer Whale, Orca orcinus, was discovered washed up dead on the sandy beach at Baleshare, South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. “The whale was thin and not in good condition. There was also quite a lot of marine debris in its stomach such as fish hooks, plastic bags and silage wrap.”

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26 July 2014
Shoals of Anchovies, Engraulis encrasicolus, that normally inhabit warm waters have been seen swimming in the North Sea off the Essex coast. Angler Richard Holgate has caught this Mediterranean fish off Walton-on-the Naze pier for the first time. In historic times Anchovies were caught in large numbers off the coast of the Netherlands in summer when they entered the Wadden Sea and Zuiderzee. After the closing of the Zuiderzee they were still found in the Wadden Sea until the 1960s. They were also caught in the estuary of the Scheldt. There is reason to believe that Anchovies at the western end of the English Channel in November and December migrate from the Zuiderzee and the Scheldt in the autumn, returning there the following spring.

23 July 2014
A most extraordinary capture of a young Atlantic Croaker, Micropogonias undulatus, caught by an angler off the Dutch coast. This fish is a member of the Drum (Sciaenidae) family of fishes that make a distinct croaking sound
The Atlantic Croaker can be found along the east coast of the U.S.A. (between Florida and Massachusetts) and northern Gulf of Mexico, where it is one of the most abundant inshore demersal fish species. Captures of this small fish (> 55 cm) in the North Sea are rare but have occurred before. They are most likely to have arrived in a ship's ballast water. Historic Report 1998 (Journal of Fish Biology 2004)

12 July 2014
An enormous Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, washed up freshly dead at Kingsand, Rame Peninsula, Cornwall. It was measured at nearly 2.2 metres.

7 July 2014

Thousands of jellyfish were washed ashore at Polzeath, north Cornwall. Easily over a thousand Bluefire Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii; up to a hundred Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita, and two juvenile Compass Jellyfish, Chrysaora hysoscella, were noted. A few of the Bluefire Jellyfish must have been about 35 cm diameter, but most were much smaller, with lots of very juvenile specimens.

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