Horton spends a year examining the biology and behaviour of the rock
pool fish and other marine life.
Electronic News Service ISSN 1464-8156
"The paradox of the life sciences which makes them different in kind from physical science, is in the detail of nature everywhere. We see it about us in the birds, the trees, the grass, the snails, in every living thing. It is this. The manifestation of life, its expressions, its forms, are so diverse that they must contain a large element of the accidental. And yet the nature of life is so uniform that it must be constrained by many necessities."
from the "Ascent of Man", Chapter 9: The Ladder of Creation
by J. Bronowski
Book Club Associates 1974
If you receive this Bulletin direct from the British Marine Life Study Society it will contain only *.htm *.gif & *.jpg files. It will not contain Active-X or Java Applets.
The Bulletin is designed to be viewed on Internet Explorer or Netscape using medium fonts.
Thank you for renewing your subscription as a member for 1999. No further Renewal Forms or Shorewatch Newsletters will be sent out to 1998 members.
However a form is available from the web site at:
Subscribers to Torpedo who wish to receive the written material on paper in the journal Glaucus and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application Form at:
New Members 1999
The second Shorewatch Newsletter
for 1999 was 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
Leaflet from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
8 June 1999
150 other Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources.
At the same Earth Summit Convention, they chose 8th June each year as World Oceans Day. Events will occur all around the world at this time of the year. The Adur representation to raise public awareness about the oceans included the Exhibition organised by the British Marine Life Study Society.
It was an open exhibition and anybody was entitled to contribute artwork, photographs and factual information on marine life.
19-21 July 1999
The 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.
The Whale Watch capital in Iceland is based at Husavik. Sights include Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Orca, Minkes and Sei Whales, dolphins, porpoises, plus Northern Bottle-nosed Whales.
The page for whale and dolphin spotting around Britain has not been prepared yet. If you are interested in marine wildlife, including marine mammals, and are planning a holiday in the UK, especially Scotland, it is work clicking on the image "SeaProbe" and having a look at the page:
Quay Dolphin Monitoring Group, Cardigan Bay, Wales
Porpoises and Whales of the Moray Firth
On Sunday the 13th and Monday 14th June 1999 I saw 3 Common Dolphins,
delphis, swimming off Kennack Sands on the Lizard Peninsula.
They were 2 metres long. The south Cornish coast is a good dolphin watching
19 June 1999
For more cetacean reports click on the Shetland logo below:
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.
Another Porbeagle Shark, Lamna nasus, weighing 89.92 kg (198 lb 4 oz) was caught 8 miles west of the Needles, Isle of Wight by angler Chris Knights.
22 June 1999
19 June 1999
17 June 1999
15 June 1999
14 June 1999
10 June 1999
9 June 1999
Report and photograph by Nikki Sheldon (EMail)
Report by Jake Scolding (Cadgwith)AKiller Whale, Orcinus orca, was spotted off the Cornish coast near Land's End.
Basking Sharks, Cetorhinus maximus, have been seen off the Cornish coast in increasing numbers.
30 May 1999
7 May 1999
The whale can be seen from the top of the cliff. Minkes are the smallest of the baleen whales, only slightly larger than Killer Whales.
Photograph & Report by Kim Taylor (Guildford)
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.
None reviewed this month
2 year part time certificate in Higher Education in Marine Biology commencing September 1999 at Nottingham University.
Meeting on Thursdays 19.00 to 22.00.
Assessment is by course work. The course carries 120 University credits (Level 1) which is the equivalent to the 1st year of a degree. There are no formal entry requirements, just an interest in the subject. The course modules will cover:
Life on the seashore
The fees are quite high since the government removed subsidies but reducable for low income earners.
Sue Daly produces a Creature Feature every month on her web site.
We had orginally planned to bring this service to our members.
However, as Sue is already producing this series, I have decided to devote
my energies to producing other information.
Featured Species Trial DataBase: Green Ormer Haliostis tuberculata
The BMLSS presented the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate World Oceans Day on 8 June 1999.
A similar exhibition is planned for the year 2000.
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 *.JPG 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.
Seven Sisters, the chalk cliffs of East Sussex, southern England
Photograph by Eileen Horton (Shoreham-by-Sea)
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 £386 PER YEAR
WEB SITE PAGE LINKS
Some of the images may not display if you have changed your directory for downloaded files.
Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton 27 June 1999
Compiled on Netscape Composer, part of Netscape Communicator 4.61