MARINE LIFE NEWS 2020

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12 -14 June 2020
The prognosis for a 10 metre long juvenile Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus, stranded for the second time on the Dee Estuary seemed poor. The whale later died.

    
29 May 2020
A 16.45 metre juvenile female Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus, was found dead stranded in a decomposed state at Holland-on-Sea in Essex. The second largest whale in the oceans is out of its normal range in the southern North Sea.
 


15 May 2020

"John Coe" in Strangford Lough harbour
Photograph by Adam Osborne

Two celebrity Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, "John Coe" and "Aquarius" were spotted clearly in the enclosed waters of Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. They are long time remaining members of the West Coast Community, the only pod of Killer Whales permanently located in the seas around the British Isles where they can be seen all around Ireland and off the Hebrides, Scotland. Observers remarked how incongruous and unusual it was to see KiIler Whales in the narrow inlet, but it was not unprecedented and it had been seen before, but not often. John Coe has been recorded for forty years.

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2 May 2020
A Short-nosed Seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, was a surprising discovery in a shallow neap tide rockpool in the River Adur estuary by the Scout Hut, Adur Recreation Ground.



Two species of Seahorse are found in the seas around the British Isles: the Spiny Seahorse, Hippocampus guttulatus, is rare in the English Channel, recorded off Dorset and the western approaches mostly. The Short-nosed Seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is occasionally found in deep water around the Channel Islands, unusual but widespread elsewhere. It was also recorded off the coast of Holland in 1998. This species is found in deep water off the Sussex coast, notably off Southwick, near Shoreham-by-Sea.

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16 April 2020
A Sowerby's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens, was reported dead stranded on the west facing beach at Fairbourne in Gwynedd, Wales. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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