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sent out to members on 24 March 1999.
In chronological order, the most recent events are at the top of the page. Events
open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included. Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
Bay Rockpool Rambles
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 OLF, UK
Monday 10th May 1999
The Marine Forum
for environmental issues
Fisheries & the Environment Conference
Gallery Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African Studies
15 May 1999
Len Nevell (BMLSS) and his daughter presenting the aquarium display at Brighton Low Tide 1998. The Exhibition has not yet been confirmed for 1999.
8 June 1999
Centre covers many aspects of the coastal zone, which include coastal flora
and fauna, marine and inter-tidal archaeology, coastal defence and particularly
coastal instability issues.
Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the flora and fauna of the NE Atlantic Ocean.
It was spotted by my childminder's family on a day out to Eyemouth, on the SE coast of Scotland. She was sure it was a turtle, about 1 metre long, and clearly saw the head and flippers/legs when it came to the surface. (There were seals around as well, so the only other option was possibly a baby seal) I'm not sure how frequently turtles turn up on this coast, but I would guess it's pretty unusual.
Did anybody else see the Turtle? Report by Alan Pemberton BMLSS (Facebook)
10 March 1999
SNH also announced that it has deferred
notification of the South East Islay Skerries, an important area for the
Harbour Seal, as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). SSSI designation
is necessary to underpin designation as an SAC, for which the area has
been proposed by the government as a candidate site. Although both the
U.K. Sea Mammal Research Unit and the Advisory Committee on SSSI's specialist
adviser supported SNH's view that the site met the requirements for designation,
the decision to defer notification came after the
Four Risso's Dolphins,
Grampus griseus, were found washed up dead on Cornish beaches this
year. Like the Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, which
are always washed up at this time of the year, the dead cetaceans showed
evidence of fishing net entanglements. Risso's Dolphins have only been
recorded on Cornish shores 16 times since 1914. One specimen was stranded
at Northcott Mouth, Bude, on the north coast.
25 - 30 January
The Marine Life Forum is for observations and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should be EMailed to:
EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of the message.
Dolphins from the River Trent
A report of dolphins has been received from the Trent at Gainsborough.
Has anybody seen these cetaceans or able to provide any more information?
Can you identify the remains of this animal that is occasionally washed up on the strandline in Sussex? Length = 71 mm.
A Dutch friend of mine is doing research on glass animal models
(mainly invertebrates) made by father and son Blaschka (Dresden -late 19th
century). although the Blaschkas acquired fame through the glass flowers
at Harvard university, their glass animals are definitely equaly fine examples
of combined craftmanship, scientific accuracy and
School Aquarium: Prawns and Shore Crabs.
The Biology of Rocky Shores
Reviews in the next issue of Torpedo by Andy Horton
A New Series as part of the TORPEDO initiative is now planned for 1999. This will feature a selected species of fish, crab, molluscs, sea anemone or some other invertebrate every month. If you wish to receive this service please indicate.
Originally, this service was planned for 1998. Try the following web pages:
Featured Species Trial DataBase: Short-spined Bullhead, Myoxocephalus scorpius
The BMLSS will be presenting the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS DAY on 8 June 1999.
Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from March 1999. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
This is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin. It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore. Even general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of the shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant fauna, and information that cannot be described adequately by words on the Report Cards. The name of the particular coast should be included and the grid reference, if known. Print photographs can be included in Exhibitions and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic publications. Electronic images in *.JPEG format can also be considered for the web site. Transparency photographs are the best choice of film but these cannot be transferred to the web pages at the present time, but these will be suitable in the future.
Dorset Coast. English Channel
Photograph by Robert Jones (Trowbridge)
GATEWAY: LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encylopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC On-line Internet
SPONSORS ARE INVITED FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 1999
THE MINIMUM STARTING FUNDS REQUIRED FOR THE
PLANNED BMLSS 2000 SITE IS £250 PER YEAR
WEB SITE PAGE LINKS
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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton
31 March 1999
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