Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae,
from a breeding population in the eastern Caribbean sea has been recorded
for the very first time in British waters off the Shetland
Isles. Experts can recognise individual whales from pigments and markings
on their signatory tail flukes.
Whales swim north to feed in colder seas during
extraordinary find of a small shark
with sharp spiny teeth was washed ashore dead at Hope
Cove, south Devon, south-east of Plymouth. The discovery on the sand
and rock beach by Steven Greenfields,
puzzled the experts at first as it was not on the list of sharks ever discovered
in British seas before. However, it had some rather distinctive features
including a white patch forward of its long gill slits, and with its distinctive
teeth and shape of the caudal fin, there could really be no doubt it was
the first ever British record of the Crocodile
shark is an inhabitant
of much warmer tropical seas, oceanic over deep waters to depths of 590
metres, rising to 200 meters or less at night, and in all tropical oceans
but not a common species and classified as Near
the IUCN List.
It's nearest natural habitat is the Canary
Sharks on the IUCN Red List
arctus, have been discovered notably
one trawled up in a net full of Spurdogs
and prawns off the Aran
Islands, west coast of Ireland. It was small specimen and it is being
kept in Galway
crustacean (it looks a bit like a compressed Lobster) has two shrimp (Crangon)-like
pincers and a carapace probably as wide as a Lobsters', but it is
still less than half the length (excluding the long claws of a Lobster).
Lobster is a scarce southern species found
in the Mediterranean Sea.
It is classified in the Infraorder Palinura:
taxonomy notes. Records are few and far between only thirteen or so
up to the turn of the century but now over fifty reports.
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