Whale, Orcinus orca, named 'John
the coast at the Blasket
Islands in County Kerry
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.
Killer Whales (Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust)
maximus, make their annual summer pilgrimage
to the seas of the western coast of Scotland. The first image is a still
from aerial footage in calm seas off the Hebrides on 12
June 2016. The second still (from a video)
photograph shows a 3 metre long juvenile Basking
Shark with an adult. Click
on the images for the video recordings.
cliff fall occurred of the chalk
cliffs at Seven
Sisters (west of Beachy
Head) on the East Sussex coast. Over ten metres of the land crashed
thousand of tonnes of chalk rocks into the sea when the tide
was high. The friable chalk is subject to
erosion and sudden cliff
falls can be treacherous for cliff walkers and also for rockpoolers
searching the chalk platform underneath.
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Gap Cliff Fall 2014
- 23 May 2016
pod of about six Killer Whales, Orcinus
orca, including a three month old calf,
were spotted and photographed
off the Caithness
(NE Scotland) coast by wildlife watcher Karen
Munro on 16 May 2016.
pod were identified as a pod who spend the winter around Iceland feeding
on shoals of Herring.
The pod was spotted by Alan
Airey (Seawatch) in the Moray
Firth on 23 May 2016 and
was found by North
58 Sea Adventures to comprise of one bull,
three females, one juvenile and a calf. In
the last few years the same pod of whales have visited the Moray Firth
annually. The group is known in Scotland as
Isles Community and moves between Iceland and Scotland to hunt
and raise young.
unexpected sighting of 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
of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, confirmed
that the find was preserved at the same time of the forest.
Forest at Borth (exposed)
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 single (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.
studying Scotland's resident population of Killer
orca, have identified an individual
animal which hit the headlines in the 1970s.
swam up the River
Foyle in Northern Ireland in November
1977. Efforts to persuade it to return to
the open sea failed until it decided to leave the river without help. The
Whale, named as Comet,
is now said be living in the waters off Scotland's west coast. Its identity
was discovered when old photographs were uploaded onto a facebook
Whale experts Andy
Foote and Hebridean
Whale and Dolphin Trust science officer Dr
Conor Ryan recognised the whale in the images
as Comet, last
recorded by the Trust off Dunvegan,
Isle of Skye, in September 2014.
have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years in the wild. Their estimated
maximum life span is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to more than 100 for
Andy Foote said: “When I saw the photos on
I noticed that the white eye patch of Dopey
Dick (media nickname) sloped backwards in a really distinctive fashion.
This is a trait we see in all the West
Coast Community whales, but it’s not that common in other Killer
Whale populations. The photographs were all
quite grainy, but it was still possible to see some of the distinctive
features unique to Comet.
I couldn't believe it – he was already a full grown male back in 1977.”
of what we know about this precariously small and isolated population of
Whales comes from photographs submitted to
us by members of the public. The population is too small to study in a
targeted way, so the public has a big role to play.”
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