A rare Pygmy
breviceps, was washed ashore on a
beach at Thurso East,
north Scotland, originally discovered by Cram
Labwons and and recovered by Colin
Bird and Jamie Dyer. Another rare cetacean,
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon
bidens, was discovered washed ashore
dead on Dunnet
an extremely unusual stranding of a deep sea Pygmy
Sperm Whale. This species is much commoner
in the southern hemisphere. The presence of a population west of the Bay
of Biscay is possible. This whale is classified as a Vagrant in
adult Olive Ridley Turtle,
olivacea, was recovering at
Sea Zoo and is now feeding on oily Mackerel
which are easy to digest. This was confirmed as the very first Olive
Ridley Turtle recorded in British seas.
the way from tropical seas, a large olive green adult Ridley
was discovered in a moribund condition but still alive, on the sandy shore
of the Menai Strait,
at Tan-y-Foel very close to Anglesey
Sea Zoo, north-west Wales. Undoubtably suffering in the cool waters
off north Wales, the turtle was warmed up and nursed by local vet and rehabilitated
at Anglesey Sea Zoo. (At the time of writing
it is not sure if the turtle
was heathy enough to recover.)
individual is much larger than any other Kemp's
Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys
as stranding in the UK, previously we have always recorded juveniles here,"
said marine expert Rod Penrose, from the UK
Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme."
the tenth time this year the famous Killer
Whale, Orcinus orca, named 'John
Coe" was spotted by local fishermen, Gordon
Mackinnon and Ritchie Simpson, off Canna
and to the west of Skye,
Hebrides, Scotland. Interestingly, all other confirmed reports of John
Coe in 2016
have been of him alone, whereas Gordonís
photos clearly show him with another male.
Coast Community of Killer Whales
consists of four males and four females, and they are not known to interact
with any other Orca
populations in the north-east Atlantic.
chrysos, was caught on road and line on the boat "Emma
Kate" fishing for Mackerel
out of Padstow, Cornwall.
is a southern species of fish rarely (less than once a year) caught in
British seas. This shoaling fish is
north of Portugal.
by the Marine
Management Organisation (MMO)
Runner was landed at Brixham,
south Devon, by Dave Brown
from his small boat "Thankful".
Silver Dory (=Sailfin
conchifer, was landed at Cawsand,
Cornwall. This is a deepwater fish found in
more southern seas are only rarely accidentally caught around the British
Isles and even more rarely reported.
Swordfish & Marlins
early morning walk on a windy Freshwater
East Beach, Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, produced a surprise discovery
of a dead Atlantic Blue Marlin, Makaira
nigricans, in water shallow enough for a collie dog to try and
haul the large fish inshore. Discoverers John
and Helen Swancott
estimated the fish to be
2.4 metres long. This extraordinary find was the first record for the UK.
huge 7.65kg (17 lb) European
Homarus gammarus (= H. vulgaris),
was captured by free diver Joe Pike
Beach, south Devon. It was captured and taken to the National
Aquarium at Plymouth for further captive
study. It is the second largest European
Lobster on record as a confirmed weight although
from the size and weights of remains, even larger Lobsters
could be extant.
Report by Craig
Orca Sightings facebook
majestic month the residents of the Shetland
Isles enjoyed views of several (maybe four) pods of Killer
orca, roaming up and down the rocky
coasts of the archipelago, mainly seen from the east shores of Mainland,
but nowhere were they predictable, seen coming close inshore under the
cliffs and seen feeding on shoals of of fish,
and a Porpoise.
pod was over 20 strong.
Killer Whales near Sandwick,
by Bev Redfern
Images on Shetland
by Nicholas Pugliese
macrocephalus, washed ashore alive
at the Penhale
end of Perranporth
beach, north Cornwall. At 13 metres long, this female
youngster was lying on its side when discovered on the falling afternoon
spring tide and because she was out of the water
for so long she will have internal injuries and, even if the rescuers could
refloat the stricken whale, it would be unlikely she would survive. The
whale stopped breathing and died on the sandy beach in the afternoon.
Cetacea: Index to Reports
segregation exists between male and female sperm whales, including in North
Atlantic populations, with the matriarchal pods containing females normally
resident in temperate to tropical waters much further south of the British
Isles, whereas males generally travel in more temperate waters. We have
historically only ever had juvenile/subadult male sperm whale strandings
in the UK and this is the first confirmed female sperm whale to be recorded
stranded in the UK, since routine collection of strandings data by the
Natural History Museum began in 1913,
illustrating the unusual nature of this stranding event. This was also
only the sixth sperm whale to be recorded stranded in Cornwall in this
same 100+ year period." (BDMLR)
Two Killer Whales, north
Minch, Shetland Isles
heading south past the
Bard towards Mousa
by Ryan Leith
Isles Community that moves between Iceland and Scotland to hunt
and raise young.
Whale, Orcinus orca, named 'John
the coast at the Blasket
Islands in County Kerry
Community' of Killer Whales (or Western
Community): a community living of the western
seas of Ireland and Scotland
famous Killer Whale, Orcinus orca,
named 'John Coe"
was spotted back off the extreme south-west coast of Ireland, seen by
Massett off Slea
Kerry. This whale
is quite easily recognised by the large notch on the base of the trailing
edge of his dorsal fin, a feature which makes him unique and easily recognisable.
Coe is perhaps one of the best known Killer
Whales in the seas around the British Isles,
having been first photographed by
Evans, Sea Watch Foundation,
33 years ago, off the Scottish Hebrides back in 1983.
He was of adult age even back then, and as with many members of this ageing
remnant sub-pod of eight adults, he is old by any standards. Today
there are grave concerns for the future survival of this pod whose territory
extends into Irish waters. One major concern is that it is many years
since there has been any new additions to this group, and zero recruitment
means that this group will ultimately die off; something which would be
a great loss to our marine biodiversity.
Cetacea: Index to Reports
unexpected sighting of a a juvenile Bowhead
mysticetus, occurred in shallow waters
Rock Beach, near Penzance,
Bay, Cornwall. It is a species of right
whale usually only found in icy Arctic seas and there has only been
previous report last year. This juvenile
whale was about 7 metres long, but they can
grow up to 18 metres, and after the Blue Whale
they are heaviest animals (up to 90 tonnes) on the planet, with the longest
plates and the largest mouth. The
was first spotted by regular marine mammal observer and medic, Dave
Jarvis of British
Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), and
first recognised by whale researcher Marijke
De Boer on a Marine
Discovery Penzance boat.
video footage shows the double blow of this whale species which together
with its distinctive shape confirms its identity. The
head is distinctive and this whale lacks a dorsal
discovery of the skull and antlers of Red
Deer were recovered from the 3500 year
old petrified fossil forest
revealed on the low spring
tides on the shore at
west coast of Wales. Researchers from the University
of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, confirmed
that the find was preserved at the same time of the forest.
Forests of Wales
most extraordinary and unexpected discovery of a dead young male Narwhal,
up in the River Schelde
at Bornem in Antwerp
Province, was the first found on mainland European shores for over a century.
the male Narwhals
have the sigle (usually) long ivory tusk.It is a toothed
whale almost always discovered in small
pods north of the Arctic Circle, so it was 1000 miles off course. Flanders
fifth (seventeenth in total) Sperm Whale,
was discovered washed up dead on the inaccessible coast at at Wainfleet,
and observations seem to conclude that the original pod of the 17 Sperm
Whales entered the shallower North Sea
from deeper northerly seas and that the complete pod perished in
on the map for the full
illustrated report by Philip Hoare for the Daily Mail.
a Sperm Whale or group of Sperm Whales
has entered the North Sea and continues due south, the animals will reach
progressively shallower waters. The North Sea, and particularly its funnel-shaped
southern sector less than 50 metres deep, is totally unsuitable for Sperm
Whales. Although they must be able to go without
food for quite some time, a prolonged stay in these waters will eventually
prove fatal, if the animals do not find their way out in time.
Sperm Whales stranded
by Graham G.N. Cummings
the other three Sperm Whales, Physeter
in the pod (see below) were found washed ashore
Two were stranded together on the sandy beach.
Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP): UK Strandings
Whales in the Firth of Forth 2013
Sperm Whale stranded at
of the Bog
were seen very close inshore under Hunstanton
cliffs, Norfolk at night. Three swam back out into The Wash and one a big
bull got stranded. It was probably already injured it was bleeding heavily
from its tail, as the tide ebbed away so did its
life. The following day a team of vets from Zoological
Society of London (ZSL) raced against the tide to carry out a field
and crowds of curious sightseers gathered to view this stranded leviathan.
(2011) stranding at Hunstanton
beached on the Dutch Wadden
Sea island of Texel
all died overnight as expected. The whales were spotted in difficulty close
to the shore and rescue efforts continued until midnight, without success.
male Sperm Whales, Physeter
washed ashore dead on the island of Wangerooge
in the shallow waters of the German Wadden
Sea. The largest whale measured 13 metres and the smaller whale at
Whales are huge whales
that inhabit deep water and are unusual and out of place in the shallow
part of the southern North Sea.
the final count of dead Sperm Whales
on the Dutch and German coasts was 12. A fishing
net was discovered in the stomach of one of the dead whales.
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