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FULL MEMBERS 1999/2000
The 1999 issue of Glaucus
with 52 information filled pages has now been sent out to members.
Thank you for renewing your
subscription as a member for 2000. No further Renewal Forms or Shorewatch
Newsletters will be sent out to 1999 members.
However a form is available
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to Torpedo who wish to receive the written material on paper in the journal
and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application
new Premier Membership for the year 2000 also entitles the member to the
BMLSS CD-ROM (available Spring 2000), which will contain the BMLSS web
pages and more information about marine life, together with a selection
of other exclusive marine life information, electronic back copies of BMLSS
publications, and the full version of TORPEDO
Electronic News Bulletin sent to them every month by Email, as well as
the other BMLSS Electronic Information Services. The CD-ROM will also contain
useful shareware and freeware programs, and should be at least as good
value as a computer magazine CD-ROM for the second aspect alone.
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
International Conference on Jellyfish Blooms
'A Scientific and Societal Agenda'
12-14 January, 2000
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
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
Dolphins are reported from the south coast of Cornwall regularly during
the summer. The Lizard peninsula is a good vantage point.
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
Minimising disturbance to cetaceans from recreation at sea
Minimising disturbance to Cetaceans from Whale watching operations
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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.
Rohan Holt discovered
a huge 62 acre bed of Mantis Shrimps,
desmaresti, at a depth of 8 to 15 metres off the coast of north Wales
in Cardigan Bay.
by Rohan Holt
Although, the plankton have been discovered in
the plankton and the adults recovered from the stomach of Cod, this was
first discovery I have heard of these crustaceans in British seas.
They live in burrows in huge numbers. Although only 10 cm long, like all
Mantis Shrimps (Stomatopods),
they are well armed (they have a single serrated digit similar to a preying
mantis) and the telson is also heavily spined and capable of inflicting
Guide to Stomatopods
24 December 1999
Severe gales batter the south coast of England.
Because the gales coincide with high spring tides (as high as they get),
the south-east is effected by flooding.
22 December 1999
The last Full Moon of the 20th century is much
brighter than normal and can be seen clearly before dusk.
20 December 1999
A Fin Whale, Balaenoptera
physalus, by Paul Semmons as a series
of large blows about 7 miles off the coast of Cornwall in the direction
of the Isles of Scilly .
The Fin Whale reaches a length of 24 metres (79 ft), and is the second
largest species in the world. They are seen mainly in a sea area from north
Scotland to south-west Ireland, although they have been seen between Cornwall
and Ireland in the last few years.
Reported by Nick Tregenza EMail:
Vince Smith's One-List/Cornish Wildlife
Cetaceans (Baleen Whales)
Cetaceans Information (Cornwall:
12 December 1999
A small oil tanker Erika
26,000 tonnes of diesel fuel oil (the worse type of oil for causing environmental
damage) sinks off the Biscay coast of Brittany in gale force winds.
The Erika split in two 45 miles (70 km) south
of Brittany's rugged Finistere Peninsula on Sunday morning in 100 km (60
mile) winds and 6 metre (20 foot) waves. The total oil cargo is expected
to be released into the sea.
By 22 December 1999
the prospects looked very grim with the oil slick not broken up by the
gales, and it is been blown inshore and is expected to make a large landfall
near Ile d'Yea (island in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay) on Christmas
Day. The toll of sea birds deaths is already very high.
6 December 1999
A young 30 cm long (one foot) babyLoggerhead
Turtle, Caretta caretta, weighing 3 kg (6.6 lb), was
discovered on a beach on Denmark's west coast by a nature warden and sent
to Copenhagen Aquarium.
Loggerhead turtles, one of several endangered
species of turtle, measure up to 110 cms (3.5 ft) and can weigh some 70
kg (154 lb) when fully grown.
A report has been received of a Kemp's
Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, stranded alive in
Wales, UK. It is currently being held in St. David's Oceanarium in Wales
while arrangements are made for its return to Mexico. This turtle has only
one wild breeding site in the Gulf of Mexico and is the world's rarest
A 2 metre long Striped
Dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, was found washed up dead
on Spiggie beach in the Shetland Isles. As this is a rare dolphin
in British waters the entire carcass (which was in reasonably good condition)
was shipped south for post-mortem analysis by Scottish Natural Heritage.
It is only the fourth record of the species in Shetland waters
Wildlife Sightings On-line
30 November 1999
Barry Collins reported a roost of 146 Little
Egrets, Egretta egretta, on Thorney Island in Chichester
Harbour, West Sussex. This is large number for a bird that is not even
included in most modern bird books for Britain and Ireland. This number
is fall from a count of 281 in September 1999.
Information (Brian Fellows site)
Information from Ralph Hollins
Up until a few years ago they were vagrant, occasional
visitors to the south of England only, but they have been especially numerous
this year, no doubt attracted by the large
shoals of young Bass around this autumn.
This bird has been recorded since 1826 on the
A Black Brant (Siberian Brent Goose),
Branta bernicla nigricans, has also been reported from Langstone Harbour,
Sea Birds page
Numbers of Little Egrets on the Tamar/ Lynher complex in Cornwall
peak at about 160-170, mostly in September when the post-breeding dispersal
takes place. Around 30-40 spend the winter on the estuary and are best
seen from Wacker Quay or Sconner Corner.
Darrell Clegg (Plymouth Library)
in Cornwall (more information and links)
5 November 1999
HISTORIC VICTORY FOR BRITISH MARINE LIFE
Oil licensing declared illegal until Government
changes wildlife policy
The Government was defeated in court today (Friday
5th November 1999) in a landmark legal ruling which protects coral reefs
and whales and dolphins in
Britain's North East Atlantic. Mr Justice Kay
ruled that all future offshore
oil licensing is illegal until the Government
properly applies the EU Habitats Directive.
In his judgement, Justice Kay told the court that
Greenpeace's case that
whales and dolphins can be harmed by oil industry
"substantially uncontradicted" by Government
and oil industry evidence, and
that oil exploration was "at least likely" to
have an "adverse effect" on
deep water coral reefs. The Judge said that the
Government had "clearly" not
applied the Habitats Directive in initiating
the next round of oil licensing
in the North East Atlantic.
Frontier News, edited by Matthew Spencer
and produced by Tom Baker. This extract was copied from the edition written
by Rob Gueterbock, Matthew Spencer, Stephanie Tunmore and Ian Taylor.
Editorial queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
London N1 2PN
Tel; 0171 865 8100
Fax: 0171 865 8200
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
The Marine Life Forum is for observations
and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should
be EMailed to:
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photographs on the web site are copyright protected
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Sue Daly produces a Creature
Feature every month on her web site.
We had originally 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.
Web Page: Adur
(the Nature Notes links in the left hand column are interesting)
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.
by Andy Horton
Oceans Day: Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:
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
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.
Small Ballan Wrasse
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
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more entries on the GATEWAY
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