MARINE LIFE NEWS 2017

Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the fauna and flora of the NE Atlantic Ocean

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8 June 
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

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29 June 2017
Another large cliff fall occurred on the Jurassic Coast, at West Bay, Dorset. The fine-grained sandstone collapsed into the sea.  The fence between the South West Coast Path and Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club has been left hanging after the large rockfall.


27 June 2017
Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophris, was photographed by Gertrud Welte visiting the Gannet colony at Staple Newk (at RSPB Bempton Cliffs) on the Yorkshire coast.  Albatrosses are extremely rare in the North Atlantic and only seen as long distant vagrants. 


25 June 2017

Killer Whale, Orca orcinus, and Calf
from RV Celtic Explorer over the Porcupine Bank
Photograph by Niall Keogh

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22 June 2017
Fifty thousand tonnes of chalk cliff crashed into the sea at Seaford Head, East Sussex. Such was the sheer size of the fall that it took ten minutes for the chalk dust to disperse leaving a huge of chalk rubble at the foot of the cliff. There where no injuries to people who would have in danger both on the cliff top and on the seaward undercliff side. Large cracks appeared in the cliff and further two large falls occurred in subsequent days. 

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Wrinkled Swimming Crab
Photograph by Chris Stevens

A swimming crab,  Liocarcinus corrugatus, was caught off Guernsey by Chris Stevens at 74 metres depth over a rough bottom. This southern species is not often recorded around the British Isles.


30 May 2017

A most extraordinary unprecedented of a newly born two-headed conjoined  Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, was captured in a trawl off the Hook of Holland, Netherlands. It had died just after birth. Unfortunately, the carcass was returned to the sea.
"“Normal twins are extremely rare in cetaceans, there is simply not enough room in the body of the female to give room to more than one foetus. Symmetrical conjoined twins, such as this Porpoise, are thought to result when two separate embryos fuse together or a zygote only partially splits,”  said  Erwin Kompanje, of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam.& Curator of Mammals at the Natural History Museum, Amsterdam.

25 May 2017
 

Sea Spider
Ammothia hilgendorfi
Photographs by Keith Alexander

An almost unprecedented discovery of a strange sea spider on Worthing Beach was an extraordinary surprise. It looks nothing like the native pycnogonids! This means it was probably an alien species and almost certainly Ammothia hilgendorfi which was discovered once before in 1978 in Southampton Water. This specimen contained eggs.  It originates in the tropical and temperate North Pacific littoral zone of south-east Asia.


 

Norway Bullhead
Photograph by by Robin Somes

A small sculpin Norway Bullhead, Micrenophrys lilljeborgii, was discovered in the upper reaches of Southampton Water; several hundred miles away from where he should be, and around 18°C warmer. 


2 April 2017
An Arctic Bowhead Whale, Balaena mysticetus, was an extraordinary discovery off the Belgium coast at Middelkerke, with footage covered by drone and video. Bowhead Whales are normally found north of the Arctic Circle, the nearest shore views off Greenland and northern Iceland.

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