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Coe" in Strangford Lough harbour
by Adam Osborne
celebrity Killer Whales, Orcinus
orca, "John Coe" and "Aquarius"
were spotted clearly in the enclosed waters of Strangford
Lough, Northern Ireland. They are long
members of the West
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.
was a surprising discovery in a shallow neap tide rockpool
in the River Adur
estuary by the Scout Hut, Adur Recreation Ground.
species of Seahorse
are found in the seas around the British Isles: the Spiny
guttulatus, is rare in the English Channel, recorded off
Dorset and the western approaches mostly. The Short-nosed
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.
Seahorses (for the younger reader)
Seahorses & Pipefishes
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens,
was reported dead stranded on the west facing beach at Fairbourne
in Gwynedd, Wales.
Marine Life News 2012
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