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Crested Grebe on the surface of the sea
repeatedly dived as the tide came in at the far
western end of Southwick Beach just inshore
from the concrete sea defences.
pagurus, landed at Shoreham,
and caught in the Selsey area of West Sussex, weighed 3.9 kg and measured
270 mm across its carapace. This is the largest
crab on record from Sussex and as big as they get anywhere.
you might like to see the picture of the Triggerfish,
capriscus, that my mate caught from West
Beach, Selsey, West Sussex this morning at high tide. It was in immaculate
condition, and swam away very strongly when returned. I have never heard
being caught from the beach here, and wondered if it is unusual? Very glad
your web site manage to prove my identification was correct! You wouldn't
want to see much more of his face, and anyway, I was really excited by
young male Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops truncatus,
"George" followed a boat into the River Adur and
stayed for most of the day until coaxed back out to sea by
inshore lifeboat before it could stranded on the low neap tide.
particular Bottle-nosed Dolphin habitually
enters English Channel harbours, but for all of last year was found around
the French coast.
& Dolphins around the British Isles
saw three Triggerfish,
while diving the Palace Pier at Brighton,
Sussex. They were patrolling an area to the west of the main body
of the pier, some 200 metres out to sea, in 9 metres at high tide.
I was very excited…until I found your website and realized that they are
not so much an oddity as a fixture in British waters!
rivoliana, was caught by an angler from a boat at the entrance
to Chichester Harbour, Sussex.This
southern fish is rarely caught in British seas and was probably the very
first one recorded and identified
William Smith-Vaniz) in the seas off Sussex.
an overcast day, when the breeze had died down, the sea south of the Church
of the Good Shepherd, Lancing (eastern boundary) as flat calm with no rollers
on the neap tide. Nine terns
hovered above the sea and all of them repeatedly dived in to feed on what
were probably small fish just below the surface. The upper wings were dark
grey on the edges. The hesitancy of their dives made me tentatively identify
these birds as Common Terns.
Terns seem to be dive deeper and and more
astonishing bright red fish misnamed as the Boar
Fish, Capros aper,
was discovered swimming around in a pool when the tide was out on Littlehampton
main beach (east of the River Arun). It was about 75 mm long, and I was
able to scoop the rhomboidal fish up in a shell, before I allowed it to
by Mark Wright
fishing off the weather mast at Littlehampton between 2:45
and 4:00 pm we were privileged to be escorted
by two large (approx 2.5 metre = 8 ft long) dolphins.
It was a
experience and all six on board our boat were spellbound, and even threw
them the Mackerel we had caught for tea!!
They stayed around for about an hour and followed us as we started to head
were most likely to be Bottle-nosed Dolphins,
was one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of
Shoreham-by-Sea, with exhibits
hosted by local experts and enthusiasts of the undersea world. Live lobsters
and crabs, a rock
pool aquarium, the whale
and dolphin exhibition, a touch table of strandline
exhibits found on the shore and other interactive displays was on display
under the marquee on on Coronation
Green overlooking the River
Adur by the Footbridge.
World Oceans Day was run by a committee comprising representatives
British Marine Life Study Society, West
Sussex County Council, the Sea Watch Foundation, Friends of Shoreham Beach,
Friends of Widewater Lagoon and other groups, with support from Adur
expedition to Lancing Beach (just to
the west of Lancing Sailing Club) on a low neap 1.9 metre tide
revealed the sandy shallows and a clear sea on a calm day and the haul
in 40 minutes or so using my small 60 cm push-net was about 100
Shrimps Crangon crangon,
small flatfish fry,
one small Plaice,
occasional small Solenettes and
one large one, a handful of South-clawed
Diogenes pugilator, a
few very small
Common Hermit Crabs,
bernhardus in Grey
Topshells, one Vernal
vernalis, and a few of the swimming
crabs Portumnus latipes.
school of over forty Harbour Porpoises,
phocoena, were seen off Sussex, at Kingmere
Rocks, between two and three miles from the shore. They made an incredible
amount of noise as they came up to breathe and caused commotion amongst
our group of free divers. They may have been chasing Mackerel
which were caught by anglers later in the day. This
report of these numbers of Porpoises, which
could have been as many as sixty, is
almost unprecendented from off the Sussex coast in recent years.
trip in the calm sunshine to Worthing Pier
was rewarded with abundant (over a thousand in an hour) sea
anemones and crab-like crustaceans notably
a half a dozen Hairy Hermit Crabs,
cuanensis, one of the infrequently encountered
species seen at low tide. Some of the larger Snakelocks
viridis, were 60 mm in diameter before splitting
into two separate anemones. The Daisy Anemone,
pedunculatus, was common, when in some years
it it is infrequent or absent. Squat Lobsters,
hirtellus, were seen under every suitable
Marine Life Study Society
small Common Dolphin, Delphinus
delphis, spent the day swimming around
the entrance of the Brighton Marina. This is unusual for Sussex as common
dolphins are more deep water species and usually only occur occasionally
offshore. The dolphin has now moved further east along the coast. A small
group of Common Dolphins
were reported off Newhaven a few weeks ago and so it is likely to be from
& Dolphins (by Steve Savage)
I got back from work this evening we went for a walk over at Ofham near
Lewes. You will never believe this but we saw a Seal
in the River Ouse. It was about 7.00 pm.
The Seal swam
along for about five seconds with his head on the surface not unlike a
medium size dog. He then disappeared and surfaced again 30 metres on. He
repeated this about four times when we lost sight of him. About 15 minutes
later we saw him again, this time travelling in the opposite direction.
out of Shoreham Harbour continue to capture a handful of the Short-snouted
hippocampus, in the nets on every
trip out. They were all returned to the sea.
was washed up at Elmer Sands, West Sussex. It measured approximately 2.1
metres long. Steve
Savage (Sea Watch Foundation)
identified it as probably a Common Dolphin,
a dead Puffin,
and other sea birds,
together with miscellaneous cargo debris were
discovered washed up on Shoreham Beach.
two sea birds are not usually washed ashore in Sussex in such a fresh condition.
February 2007 7:30 pm
Meridian documentary programme "River
Walks" with Charlie
Dimmick features the River
Nine TV company with Charlie Dimmick
filmed on 15 June
2006 on Lancing beach (at the Shoreham
end near Widewater), referred to as Shoreham-by-Sea,
shrimping with Peter
Marine Life Study Society).
thirty Sea Mice (a large polychaete
worm), Aphrodite aculeata,
were washed up on Camber
Sands (near Rye,
East Sussex) about two hours after the high spring tide.
12 metres long motor
yacht caught fire two miles off Shoreham on a calm sea and the smoke
rose vertically as there was little to no wind.
a dead Triggerfish,
on the strandline between Clymping
and Littlehampton West Beach. It looked like it had been dead for quite
a long time.
capriscus, was found dead at Splash Point,
It was about 30 cm long with its dorsal and pectoral fins rotted away,
leaving the two
fin spines but otherwise intact. Seaford Bay
faces south west: there has been an almost continuous period of high winds
and heavy seas since before Christmas 2006.
rubens on Seaford Head beach,
East Sussex, were now reduced to about fifty seen on a small patch at low
Starfish on the chalk bedrock at Seaford
by Wednesday Livingstone
was discovered on Rottingdean beach east of Brighton
amongst dozens of dead Starfish, Asteria
of dead Common Starfish,
rubens were found on Seaford Head
beach, East Sussex, and in amongst the rocks as the tide receded.
to the Sussex Marine Life Reports for 2006
Oceans Day web page
Life of Sussex 2005
Sea Fisheries District Committee