Whelan captured some rare video
footage of a Basking Sharks,
maximus, jumping clear of water off Malin
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water species of shark
was caught in Scottish seas by scientist from Marine
Scotland. The False Catshark
sometimes known as a Sofa Shark,
microdon, is the 72nd species of elasmobranch
recorded from around Scotland. The 2 metre long 60 kg shark was caught
close to the Isle
of Barra in the Outer
Hebrides. This bottom dwelling shark would
be normally be expected to live at depths of 1000 metres or more.
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huge Atlantic Halibut, Hippoglossus
hippoglossus, was caught in Andfjorden,
north Norway, by Reed Marianne,
which weighed in at 270 kg (595 lb). The report did not give the
length but the photograph
showed it to be over 3 metres in length. This
may be a new record weight Halibut
on rod and line.
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Limestone Cliff at Portland
by Diana Sergent
you look closely at the photograph, you will realise why the footpath is
closed to the public. Large parts of the limestone cliff are imminently
liable to collapse into the sea.
on the image
for more photographs by Diana
section of the cliff near Westcliff,
on the Isle of
Portland, on the Dorset coast suddenly crumbled into the sea. Ominous
cracks on the limestone
cliff had been seen for sometime before the cliff collapsed suddenly. The
Coast of Dorset is prone to erosion
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Whales (=White Whale), Delphinapterus
leucas, were spotted and videoed
by Deb Powis
on the Northumberland coast, north-east England.
aethereus, made an extremely rare
visit to Cornwall and this pelagic
sea bird, widespread over tropical seas, was seen from Gwennap
Head on the extreme southernmost tip of Cornwall for five minutes by
a dozen birdwatchers. Reports of this bird
occur less than once a year from over British seas.
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spectacular and very rare sighting of the a Blue Whale, Balaenoptera
musculus, occurred over very deep
water 250 miles off the Irish coast was made from the RRS
James Cook on a a five
week scientific expedition in the NE Atlantic. "The
largest creature on the Earth surfaced from the murk of a deep-sea canyon,
lingered just long enough for observers to grab a few pictures, and then
vanished from sight into the fog and rain." This
was only the fourth sighting in the seas surrounding the British Isles
since these great whales were hunted to near extinction nearly a century
ago. The Blue
Whale was spotted by the oceanographers over
Canyon which varies from 200 m to 4000m in depth and is an important
little explored biodiversity route from the very deep sea to the Continental
Shelf. A previous scientific sonar record
had discovered the presence of Blue
Whales off Fastnet in 2000.
were twenty Fin Whales, Balaenoptera
physalus, including seven seen around the
research vessel when the Blue Whale
survey team also recorded a Broad-billed
hundred metres below the surface using ROV
shoal of over five hundred Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus
thynnus, was spotted off the coast of Cornwall.
The shoal was spotted by Duncan and Hannah
Jones who described the sea as heaving with
these large predatory fish. British fishing
vessels would not be allowed to target this protected species but French
or Spanish vessels might be able to land them legally.
A shoal of this size has not been seen for over 50 years. Tunnies,
or Tuna, used to be found in sufficient numbers to make the North
Sea, especially off Scarborough, an area famous for captures of the massive
Blue-fin Tunny. Their current decline since the early 1960ís was
because of low recruitment rates (whether natural or because of overfishing).
1.5 metre (5 ft) long Leatherback Turtle,
coriacea, was seen off St.
during assessment work for a new nuclear power station planned to be built
in the area.
rather unusual sea bird encounter occurred over Agger, Denmark, when a
pair of White-tailed Sea Eagles,
albicilla, attacked a vagrant Black-browed
melanophrys, which managed to escape
to be returned to the sea
two metre long (including the long tail) Angel
squatina, was caught by Michael
Griffiths on road and line off Shell
north Wales. This very rare and protected
shark is thought to be extinct in the English Channel and still extremely
rare in Cardigan Bay.
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Whales (=White Whale), Delphinapterus
leucas, was spotted and videoed
by George Watson
swimming close to shore near Dunseverick,
County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
species is rarely (one every three years) recorded around the British Isles.
all records are shown on the BMLSS News pages.)
maximus, are seen every year off the western
shores of the British Isles as the they follow the plankton on which they
feed in enormous quantities.
Fin of a Basking Shark, St. Kilda
Shark Scotland reported fifty of these
huge sharks off the Hebrides in a day's sailing.
large numbers of jellyfish
recorded washed up and in the shallow seas around the British Isles, there
were also numerous sightings of the Ocean
which feeds on jellyfish and other medusa. The
Sunfish was caught off Dorset.
Shark, Alopias vulpinus,
with a measured weight of 123 kg was caught on road and line by Dai
Pig off Milford
Haven and the measurements made it the largest recorded Thresher
Shark angled off Wales. It was returned to
"low bushy blows from a snow-white Humpback
novaengliae," was reported by skipper
Pat Collins and crewman Gerard Minihane about
14 miles off Baltimore,
Cork, south coast of Ireland The whale surfaced close to their
coriacea, was spotted at sea near
the Skerryvore Lighthouse,
(12 miles SW of Tiree),
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exceptional sighting of a group of over fifty sharks
seen in a shallow sandy pool at RSPB
Medmerry, near Selsey, West Sussex, were seen on a rising tide
in the morning. The pack of adult sharks were identified as Starry
asterias, and many of these predatory
sharks was about up to 1.5 metres (5 ft) in length, and with the typical
triangular shark fins sticking out of the knee-deep water. The
consensus opinion that this was a hunting pack that had possibly followed
prey into the shallow water and got trapped at low tide.
rare vagrant, a Black-browed
melanophrys, made an unexpected to
visit to RSPB
Minsmere, Suffolk. It was likely that
was blown off course. This large pelagic bird is globally endangered and
normally found over the southern oceans, and breeds on various islands
throughout this extensive region.
of Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita,
washed ashore at Westward
Devon. And probably in other places on the rocky shore facing the Atlantic
Oceans. It was a prelude to numerous strandings all around the British
coasts, depending on which way the wind was blowing.
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