novaengliae, were spotted close-up
off the east side of Yell,
views were enjoyed along side the boat, even passing underneath, tail slapping,
breaching and I even got sprayed when one blew close to the boat !
rare Pygmy Sperm
breviceps, was washed ashore on a
beach at Thurso East,
north Scotland, originally discovered by Cram
Labwons and recovered by Colin
Bird and Jamie Dyer. Another rare cetacean,
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon
bidens, was discovered washed ashore
dead on Dunnet
is 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
white Harbour Porpoise,
phocoena, was spotted by Henry
Kirkwood off Morwenstow
in north Cornwall, close to the border with North Devon. Porpoises
are usually more of a dark grey colour.
adult Olive Ridley
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.
large baleen whale,
about 12 metres in length, was spotted struggling in very shallow water
Beach, Killadoon, County
Mayo, western Ireland The whale
was effectively stranded but as the incoming tide
rose, surfers from nearby managed to encourage it away from the beach and
it eventually managed to swim away in a northerly direction. Photographs
did not confirm which species it is but at this size it is likely to be
either a Fin or Sei Whale.
Unfortunately, the outlook for the mammal is
poor as it is likely to be ill or injured when found so close to shore
and there is a strong possibility that it will restrand in the coming days.
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. Undoubtedly 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 healthy 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."
forty Killer Whales, Orcinus
orca, were spotted 12 miles south-east
Head, the southernmost headland of Shetland. Large fishing trawlers
were also there and it was surmised that the Killer
Whales were also after the Mackerel.
13 metre long Fin Whale, Balaenoptera
stranded dead on the sandy shore at Holkham
in Norfolk, The large whale was undernourished. Fin Whales are
very unusual in the southern North Sea
and may have starved to death. .
you have ever wondered why fish and other organisms end up in strange places?
Most are doomed to perish as their new environment is alien, outside of
the natural "ecological
amplitude" for survival. Some colonise their new habitats and
some become pests and unwanted aliens.
is very little chance of natural long term survival of these tropical fish
and invertebrates that arrived in a moon pool (an open pool in the middle
of the boat) on a ship in Stavenger,
Norway, from the Gulf
Husa on Crustacea
of the NE Atlantic & NW Europe
of Mexico to Norway)
økosystem på reisefot
Ecosystem Travelling (the Full Report)
of Marine Research, Bergen
Marine Life News 2012
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