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Devon WWT: Wembury Rock Pools
 


 
 
MARINE WILDLIFE 
 NEWS
 Large Predatory Shark
 Almaco Jack
 Swordfish
 Basking Sharks
 Total Eclipse
 Leatherback Turtle
 Sunfish
 White-sided Dolphins
 Tritonia lineata
 Sharp-nosed
 Seven-gilled Shark
 Bottle-nosed Dolphins
 Grey Seal pup

 
 
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Andy Horton spends a year examining the biology and behaviour of the rock pool fish and other marine life.

 

 

Torpedo News Bulletin

TORPEDO 39
September  1999

Electronic News Service                                                     ISSN  1464-8156


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DIARY


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 

1999

Devon Wildlife Trust

Wembury Bay  Rockpool Rambles
Contact  Wembury Marine Centre  Tel:  01752 862538

Leaflet from Devon Wildlife Trust  Tel:  01392 279244.



VISITORS CENTRE

Coastal Visitors Centre
Salisbury Gardens
Dudley Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1EJ

Tel:  01983 855400
EMail: coastcent@iwight.gov.uk

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.



CETACEAN WATCHING

Husavik

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:

Boat Trips
(Underwater Windows)

Also

New Quay Dolphin Monitoring Group, Cardigan Bay, Wales
http://www.ceinewydd.co.uk/

Dolphins, Porpoises and Whales of the Moray Firth
http://www.highlanderweb.co.uk/dolphins.htm

Cornwall:
Dolphins are reported from the south coast of Cornwall regularly during the summer. The Lizard peninsula is a good vantage point. 

Shetland Isles:
Sumburgh Head, the southernmost trip is a regular spot for spotting whales and dolphins as is the ferry to the islands.
 

For more cetacean reports click on the Shetland logo below:


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MARINE WILDLIFE NEWS

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. 

 
26 August 1999
Fishermen (6 witnesses) from Cornwall report a large predatory shark off Padstow, Cornwall, with a length reported of 3.6 metres (11 ft). If allowances are made for exaggeration, it could be a Porbeagle Shark, Lamna nasus, that attains a length of 3 metres, or a Shortfin Mako, Isurus oxyrinchus, which could reach a length of nearly 4 metres. The Mako is a dangerous shark although attacks on humans are rare, virtually non-existent. Occurrences of the warm water Mako in British seas are usually recorded in August and are rare, although they are occasionally caught in commercial nets. 
The report appeared in the Sun newspaper when it was identified as the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, which is unknown from British seas. This identification has not been ruled out. 
Discussion
Shark Page
Influx of Basking Sharks off north Cornwall

24 August 1999
An Almaco Jack, Seriola rivoliana, was caught near the Eddystone Reef, off Plymouth, south Devon, and brought straight to Doug Herdson at the National Aquarium, Plymouth. It has been examined by Roger Swinfen of the MBA and Doug Herdson and they are confident of the identification. This is only the second U.K. record for this tropical fish native to the Caribbean. The fish was captured in a bottom set net fishing for Pollack at 16 metres depth, 2 metres off the Eddystone rock. Its total length was 42 cm and it weighed 980 grams. The Amberjack, Seriola dumerili, is the member of this genus of fishes that is most often recorded in British seas, but this warm water migrant is extremely rare. It is a predator of smaller fishes. 
Report from the National Aquarium, Plymouth
More Information (External)

13 August 1999
A large 180 kg (400 lb) Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, was caught off the Cornish coast and put on display at Brighton. These large fish are extremely rare off the British coast. One was seen off the Isle of Wight a few years ago. 
(this specimen may actually have been caught further afield, e.g. Biscay, and brought in by the Newlyn boats). 
Previous Record Link

11 August 1999
Dr. David Hicks and the rest of the crew on a short voyage from Lundy to Tintagel spotted 30 to 40 Basking Sharks over a small area approximately 12 miles NNE of Tintagel (NW Cornwall). There were also isolated pairs 4 miles south west of Lundy.
Full Report
Basking Shark page

11 August 1999
Total Eclipse of the Sun over Cornwall  c.11.11 am
Partial Eclipse at Shoreham-by-Sea, figures (unofficial).

8 August 1999
Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, was seen swimming in the sea off the southern end of Bressay (between the Ord and the Bard) in the Shetland Islands by John Tulloch this evening. It is the only the ninth live individual to be seen in Shetland waters and was estimated to be around 150 cm (5 feet) in length.
Shetland Wildlife News Web Site (more information)

8 August 1999
Sunfish, Mola mola, jumped out of the water three times, a half a mile off Kimmeridge, Dorset. Report by Peter Tinsley (Marine Awareness Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust).

2 August 1999
A large pod of 150-200 White-sided Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus acutus,  were seen off North Unst in the Shetland Islands, with 2 Minke Whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata. 
Shetland Wildlife News Web Site (includes several recent Killer Whale, Orcinus orca,  reports on this site)

1 August 1999
A single specimen of the nudibranch Tritonia lineata was discovered by Gavin Bushell diving alone off Porth Eilian, Isle of Anglesey, NW Wales. It was discovered on the west side of Point Linas, over a sea bottom that had large boulders scattered around, but generally was covered in a dense fine silt. And it was on a patch of this silt between the boulders that the nudibranch was discovered at a depth of 8 metres.

This species is probably not rare, but it is rarely reported from any location other than around the islands of Skomer (SW Wales) and Lundy (Bristol Channel). It has not been recorded intertidally, and its infrequency of reporting by divers maybe because it inhabits silty conditions which tend to be unpopular with divers because of their poor visibility when the silt is churned up, and because such sites do not prove as interesting as hard rock areas. 
More Information
BMLSS Nudibranch Pages (Record of Discoveries)

4 August 1999
Sharp-nosed Seven-gilled Shark, Hepranchias perlo, was caught on a Tuna long-line set near the surface 120 miles SSW (sea depth between 100 & 200 metres) of the Isles of Scilly . This only the third record of this shark in British waters, the other records occurring off Cornwall and southern Ireland. The total length of the shark was 102 cm.
More information is held on this discovery.
Shark Page

31 July 1999
A pod of 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, are seen just 200 metres from the shore off Worthing, West Sussex during a heatwave, when temperatures reached 29º C. Dolphins are rarely seen off the Sussex coast. 

11 July 1999
The Grey Seal pup loses its tracking equipment.
Description of missing satellite tag.


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REPORT FORMS


 Official Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
 http://www.jncc.gov.uk/marine/mainfs.asp?page=/mit/recfrm.htm

 BMLSS Report Forms


FORUM


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. 
 
 
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All photographs on the web site are copyright protected


Can anybody identify this nudibranch found in the seas off Scotland?
September 1998, the Sunmmer Isles. 10 mm long on a kelp blade in 5 metres. 
No wild guesses please!
EMail: Jim Anderson
Please also send the reply to:  Glaucus@hotmail.com
Jim Anderson's Scottish nudibranch pages
http://members.aol.com/jander4454/scotnud1.html



Photograph by Frank Emil Moen (Dyreliv i havet) © 1999
Can anybody identify this sea anemone found in the seas off Norway?
EMail: Frank Moen, :frank.emil.moen@marinbi.com
Click on the flag to go to the web site
Please also send the reply to:  Glaucus@hotmail.com




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POPULAR PUBLICATIONS

  • September 1999


  • NEW BOOKS
    August 1999

    The  UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY HANDBOOK
    by  ANNEMARIE AND DANJA KÖHLER

    Published by Stackpole Books,
    part of Gazelle Books Tel:  +44 (0)1524 68765
    ISBN  0-8117-2966-4

    At first glance this looks like an exceptional book!
     
     


    14 August 1999

      Small booklet by Dr Malcolm Cornwall (University of Brighton)

    On Brighton Beach
    Pebbles, Waves, Tides and Rockpools

    This book is specially written for the younger visitor to Brighton.


    by F E Moen & E Svenson
    ISBN  82-9082349-5

    The text is written in Norwegian, but an English version is planned. For sample photographs go the web site below:

    NORWEGIAN MARINE WILDLIFE

    Link to sample page of the book so you can see how the text is laid out.


    BOOK REVIEWS
    None

    COURSES
    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
    Life in the sea
    The diversity of life
    The animal kingdom
    The ecology of the sea
    Marine ecosystems
    Exploitation and conservation of the marine environment.

    The contact for a leaflet, details, etc is Heather Blackburn on 0115 951 3734,
    ce-ugs@nottingham.ac.uk or try URL= http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cont-ed.

    The fees are quite high since the government removed subsidies but reducable for low income earners.

    Regards

    Andy Colls
    EMail:andy@collsj.freeserve.co.uk



    FEATURED SPECIES

     Sue Daly produces a Creature Feature every month on her web site.


    Creature Feature

    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. 
     

    British Marine
    Mollusc Identication Guides
    DOMMIC (Distribution of Marine Molluscs in the Channel)

         Featured Species:   Limpets


    PHOTOGRAPHS
    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. 
    Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus House from March 2000. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
    However, if you have a large selection of your own photographs, I would suggest that you should arrange your own exhibitions at a Local Library or similar venue. We will help to advertise the event. 

    World Oceans Day:  Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:



    SEASHORE PHOTOGRAPHS

    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. 

      Blenny

        Photograph by Wayne Curtis (Sunderland)



    GATEWAY:  LINKS TO OTHER SITES

    The British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encylopaedia Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC On-line Internet Guide.
     
     
     NEW
    The WaterWeb Ring
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      The Water Web Ring
     Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator
    http://www.foe.co.uk/wildplaces/intros/intro2.html
     Useful site to identify SSSIs
     If the URL has changed, 
    please go to the FOE Homepage.
     BIOSIS and the
     Zoological Society of London
     Biodiversity News (JNCC)  Regular News Bulletins
    U.K ANGLER'S SHARKS,
    SKATES AND RAYS
    For anybody interested in British sharks, this site is a must.

    CoralRealm
    "A coral reef marine life education web site with 1000 fish, sharks and rays in a searchable database."

    The Museum of Paleontology
    University of California, Berkeley 
    Probably the best site on the Internet for biological information about groups of organisms

    Click on the Cowrie to go to the site

    Dungeness, Kent, England
    Orford Ness: 
    Coastal Ecology of a Shingle Bank (excellent references)
    Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
    Shoreham Beach
       Shingle Beach sites
    Worldwide Sea Anemone DataBase(External Site)  
    NEW
    The Fossil Company - Picture Gallery of Fossils
     This might help with fossil identification,
     but it best on the ecology of the 
     prehistoric
    NEW
    Geology of the Dorset Coast
     Lots of detail
      Aquarium Net  Internet Publication for aquarists with extensive marine coverage.  Very Good.
     Fishing News Homepage Recommended, especially for books.
     Contains information on seals and 
     photographs.
     Seaweb  Links and News Bulletins
     ENN (Environmental) News  ***  News and campaigns
     Planet Ark (Reuters)  News
     Sea Mammal Research Unit  Update on seal populations, diets, 
     telemetry  etc.
     Profusion Search Method  One of the best Search methods for 
     environment and serious information.
     Multiple Search Engines.
     It is a good tip to used the Advanced features
     like typing in a Phrase. 
     Capt. Tom's Guide to New England 
     Sharks, USA
     Really useful stuff on shark recognition.
       BMLSS  GATEWAY 1
       BMLSS  GATEWAY 2:   Britain & Europe
       BMLSS  GATEWAY 3:   America & the Rest of the World
    UK BIODIVERSITY
    FISHBASE FISHFINDER
    CHANNEL ISLANDS MARINE WILDLIFE PAGE
    NORWEGIAN MARINE WILDLIFE
    PUBLIC AQUARIA DATABASE
    SHETLAND NEWS WEBSITE
    BRITISH MARINE FISH DATABASE (UK SEA FISHING)

    including the EBlast Internet Search method 
    BBC Web Guide
    SHARK TRUST (EUROPEAN ELASMOBRANCH ASSOCIATION BRITISH BRANCH)
    FRANK BUCKLAND & THE BUCKLAND FOUNDATION
    MarLIN
    Marine Life Information Network
    National Geographic
    Dept. of the Environment, Transport & the Regions  - Press Releases -
    EUCC   European Union for Coastal Conservation
    Aquatic Conservation Network
     UK DIVING INFORMATION
     DIVER MAGAZINE
     BRITISH SUB-AQUA CLUB


    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



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    Some of the images may not display if you have changed your directory for downloaded files.

    Torpedo  compiled by Andy Horton      30 August 1999
    FIVE KINGDOMS TAXONOMIC INDEX TO BRITISH MARINE WILDLIFE
    Use these links if your are familiar with the scientific classifications of marine life

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