MARINE LIFE NEWS 2018

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 2017 
World Oceans Day
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25 September 2018

Beluga Whale
Photograph by Neil Philips

A most unexpected discovery of an all white Beluga Whale, Delphinapterus leucas, seen actively swimming in the narrow part of the estuary of the River Thames, was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews, who said it had been feeding around barges near Gravesend in Kent. The video showed the whale looked in healthy condition despite being thousands of miles from its normal home in Arctic seas. 

6 June 2018

Common Octopus
Octopus vulgaris
Photograph Gallery by Philip Shinton

At the depth of ten metres off the Dorset coast I discovered my first Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, in thirty years of diving. This was a very large octopus, at tip to tip about two metres long and his head was about double the size of a rugby ball. It seemed about as big as me. Octopuses are usually nocturnal, but this one was active in the daytime. 


The Common Octopus is most easily identified, if discovered in the English Channel, by having two rows of suckers. A hearsay reports says they were all wiped out in the cold winter of 1963. This octopus is a southern species at its northern biogeographical limit in winter off British coasts.
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8 -10 March 2018

Walrus
Photograph by Russell Neave
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A Walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, made a visit to the sea around North Ronaldsay, (the most northern of the Orkney Islands),. The sea mammal was spotted by Lewis Hooper, a volunteer at North Ronaldsay bird observatory. it slowly cruised past The Lurn, close inshore, followed by a big flock of gulls before hauling out for a couple of minutes on a small beach

On the second day and the Walrus hauled out on the rocky beach for a day on the island of Sanday to the south.


The Walrus is an Arctic sea mammal and is only very rarely seen in the seas surrounding the British Isles. It feeds mostly on molluscs

" This is a young one. They are known to roam quite widely for some time before they return to the Arctic. Single individuals, usually males, have been spotted along the Norwegian coast in recent years. One moved in to rest on a small deck in a private marina in Northern Norway last winter, making the access to the boats a bit difficult for some days. Some years ago one even turned up along the Skagerrak coast, and almost made it in to Oslo, Norway."

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26 February & 5 March 2018

John Coe and Aquarius from the West Coast Community of Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, were spotted by Nick Massett in Dingle Bay, Ireland, heading south. Exactly seven days before they were seen off the north coast of the Isle of Mull, Scotland. 

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