by Mark Firman
niger, was trawled in shallow water
four miles off Flamborough
Head, Yorkshire. This fish is unusual
in shallow water as it is an inhabitant of water deeper than 100 metres.
Silver Pit is an area of sea bed up to 80 metres deep about 100 miles
east of Flamborough Head.
small Angel Shark, Squatina
was a rare capture off Douglas,
Isle of Man.
by Grant Lopes
large stocky angel shark was formerly a common and important demersal predator
over large areas of its coastal and outer continental shelf sediment habitat
in the North-east Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas. It now appears
to be absent from the English Channel where it was caught back in 1969.
shark is classified as "Critically Endangered".
Eclipse was viewable over the United Kingdom
where the mostly hazy low cloud weather allowed.
At Shoreham the clouds
parted for just 6 seconds at 9:21 am.
Equinox occurred at 10:45
2014 - March 2015
Cases of the Flapper Skate
by Penny Martin
four thousand egg cases of the now
rare and endangered
were discovered washed ashore on just three beaches in the Orkney
Isles. They were found on the remote shores of Skaill
Beach, Bay of Birsay
Beach, on West Mainland.
Red List Entry
* In 2009,
research showed what was formerly listed as a single species, Dipturus
batis, should be instead classified as two separate species, Dipturus
flossada, and the Flapper Skate, Dipturus
Mermaid's Purse: Skate
Whale, Physeter catodon, was found
stranded dead near Northton,
distant photograph of a large humped whale
off Par Beach on the island of St
Martin's, Isles of Scilly, proved a puzzle at first because the whale
lacked a distinct dorsal fin. Expert opinion agreed that this was an unusual
record of a juvenile Bowhead Whale,
mysticetus, a species of right
whale usually only found in icy Arctic
seas. "The dorsal hump of a Humpback is the
ice-breaking wedge-head of a Bowhead." This
was the first ever discovery in British seas.
adult 150 cm long Dealfish
was caught fishing 50 miles NE of Peterhead,
Whale washed up at Saleen
by Mark Culbert
of the diminishing number of Killer Whales,
orcinus, in Irish seas was washed up dead
on a beach at Saleen, near Tramore
in County Waterford.
It was 5.2 metres long.
caretta, was washed ashore alive but in a moribund condition on
the shores of County
Donegal, Ireland, facing the Atlantic. It was moved to Portaferry
"Exploris" Aquarium, County Down, N Ireland
for recovery and rehabilitation. The
problem is the seas around the British Isles are too cold for this tropical
turtle and these reptiles often die of hypothermia.
record British angling capture of a White
Sea Bream, Diplodus sargus, weighed
in at 1170 grams
and was caught off St Catherine's Breakwater, Jersey.
Adur World Oceans
was one of the UK leaders in presenting the fifteenth environmental exhibition
Oceans Day on Coronation
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
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Nations: World Oceans Day.
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