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22 January 2020

Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus
Photograph by Jason Huckerby

A strange crab found under a rock on the shore near Brighton, Sussex, turned out to be an alien invader known as the Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus, and this seems to be the first confirmed specimens off the coast of Sussex, although there seem to been unverified reports before. The fleshy bulb between the pincers confirms its identification.This crab is a native species of the North-West Pacific coast. It is now established on the other side of the English Channel on the shores of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. There been British reports from Wales and Kent

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18 January 2020
An injured Kemp's Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, found alive near the shore off Seaford, Sussex, finally succumbed to the cold and injuries.  This rarest of sea turtles is found in warm and tropical waters, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. BMLSS Turtle Reports
 

10 January 2020
Very much a surprise discovery, the intact but weeks dead, five metres long Killer Whale, Orcinus orca, found on the extensive vegetated mud flats of The Wash on the North Sea coast was the first one stranded in England and Wales for at least 20 years. Killer Whales are still regularly seen around the Scottish isles of Orkney and Shetland and less frequently off the Outer Hebrides. The distance out of its normal habitats is over 650 miles.

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7 January 2020
Unfortunately, the Hooded Seal, Cystophora cristata, was found washed up dead.


1 January 2020
An under nourished male Hooded Seal, Cystophora cristata, announced his unexpected appearance on the mud flats at Toormore Bay, in County Cork, Ireland. Helen Tilson of Schull Sea Safari discovered the vagrant Arctic Hooded Seal in the morning and its identity became apparent when it growled loudly, which only the males of this seal can do. 


The Hooded Seal is an Arctic species and it is only the fourth recorded off Ireland. It congregates to breed around Greenland and the Denmark Strait (between Iceland and Greenland) from June to August. For the rest of the year it tends to be a solitary animal.

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