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all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is
none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey".
(Knud, Knut)- ?995-1035, King of England 1016-1035, of
1018-1035, of Norway 1028-1035.
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
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Biodiversity Conference
“Earth Summit” of World Leaders in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Events
will occur all around the world on and around this day. World Oceans Day
offers the opportunity for people to join in with others to increase the
understanding of the wildlife of the oceans and the marine environment.
British Marine Life Study Society will be participating in the Adur
Exhibition to be held at Shoreham-by-Sea
on 3 June 2000. Members in other parts of the British Isles are encouraged
to organise their own exhibitions.
Oceans Day 2000
that includes other events in Cornwall
Conservation Society Dives 2000
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,
Minkes and Sei Whales, dolphins, porpoises, plus Northern Bottle-nosed
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.
Sea Mammal Report 1998
to Cetaceans from recreation at sea
to Cetaceans from Whale watching operations
of the Page
of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents
and conservation initiatives as they affect the flora and fauna of the
dolphins have been found dead on Cornish beaches in the last three weeks,
as well as 14 in South Devon. Five were discovered in St Ives Bay alone
in the last two days. All confirmed identifications are of Common Dolphin,
the Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages
Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, swam up the River Thames as far
as the House of Commons and provided an unusual sight for Londoners and
tourists. Two days later a Harbour Porpoise was found washed up dead near
Battersea, and this was almost certainly the same animal.
least 7 Common Dolphins, Delphinus
delphis, were found washed up dead on the shores
of Guernsey, at Houmet, Grand Rocques and near Rocquaine Bay and
outside the entrance to St. Peter Port Harbour. Other Common Dolphins,
perhaps hundreds, were washed up dead on the Brittany coast, France.
Dolphins, Grampus griseus, were seen from Carn Gloose, near
St.Just-in-Penwith, Cornwall. These dolphins are rarely recorded, but more
commonly seen in the last few years, off the Cornish coast.
Smith's One-List/Cornish Wildlife
SW (Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages)
one hundred Starfish, Asterias rubens, and dozens of Heart
Urchins, Echinocardium cordatum, were found washed up
on the strandline
at Southport, Lancashire.
by Nicola Moore (Warrington)
Mortality of the Heart Urchin
decomposing Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus,
is washed ashore at Vaila on the Shetland Islands. There are close-up photographs
of the huge whale by John Leach
on the Shetland Wildlife
Sea Mammal Report 1998
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Marine Life Forum is for observations and discussion items. The information
of interest of other readers should be EMailed to:
Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Picton, B.E. and Costello
M. J. (editors). 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats,
fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. Environmental Sciences Unit,
Trinity College, Dublin. ISBN 0 9526 735 4 1
are available on request from:
EcoServe, 17 Rathfarnham
Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Ireland.
Fax + 353-1-492 5694. Email
They cost £10 + £2
P & P (standard economy rate).
a database of marine species
recorded during field surveys around Ireland;
descriptions and photographs
of marine biotopes defined by the BioMar project;
photographs and descriptions
of some of the species recorded;
a bibliography of marine environment
literature for Ireland.
The baseline information
is of importance to environmental managers, consultants and researchers.
The biotope and species photographs and descriptions that illustrate this
data provide a state-of-the-art educational tool for studying marine species
and biotopes. This viewer demonstrates how information on marine life and
biotopes may be disseminated as computer software.
Information in this publication
may be searched based on geographical location, habitat and/or species,
if you use the special installation routine (details on enclosed). The
data files may also be accessed directly if you have the necessary software.
This viewer was produced
as part of BioMar, a project part funded by the European Commission under
the LIFE - Environment programme.
the non-marine enthusiasts, the Anthozoa are a subphylum of the Cnidaria
(stinging animals like jellyfish). The Anthozoa contain the attractive
sea anemones, corals, sea fans, sea-pens etc.
until now there has not been a readily available colour photographic guide
to these most attractive animals in British seas. The standard literature
was British Anthozoa by R L Manuel (Academic Press: Synopsis of British
Fauna series) ISBN 0.12.470050.0 This is the 1981 edition. A later edition
was produced. It contains the accurate line drawings.
Biomar CD-ROM rectifies this shortfall, and the section on the sea anemones
is reason enough for acquiring this CD-ROM.
found the sea anemones the prompt that got me interested in marine life
around Britain: a compulsion at the time.)
all the sea anemones found around the British Isles are illustrated by
superb photographs and a brief explanation about the anemones and other
anthozoans. These include raw and uncommon species that I have never seen
in the wild or even in photographs before.
is a comprehensive database with photographs of the British Opisthobranch
Molluscs (sea slugs) included as well.
for any marine enthusiast.
For those of you that are
interested in the Cornish names for wildlife
especially marine life the
following book would be of use:
by R Morton Nance
Published by the Federation
of Old Cornwall Societies in 1965.
The glossary which forms
the greater part of the book deals with a dialect and other words given
by Cornish fishermen to fish, birds, equipment and other things encountered
in their daily lives; full use if made of all available manuscript sources,
but the greater part of the material was gathered by the author from old
fishermen many years ago and would otherwise have been lost beyond recall.
from Vince Smith
but also researched by Andy
Horton (I have not seen the book yet.)
The Report is available from
Pete Ellis, Sumburgh Lighthouse, Virkie, Shetland.
OFNORTH ATLANTIC KILLER WHALES
by Paul Fisher & Edward G. Brown ***
During 1986 and 1987, a group
of scientists from nine nations co-operated in @The North Atlantic Killer
Whale Project' to review information available on killer whales of their
respective regions. This culminated in a collection of papers on @North
Atlantic Killer Whales' which was
published in a special issue
of Rit Fiskideildar, Journal of the Marine Research Institute, Reykjavik,
Volume XI, in 1988. Since then, a great deal of research on the movements
and distribution of killer whale pods in the North Atlantic has been carried
out by dedicated surveys that have managed to photograph a significant
number of killer whale pods. This has resulted
in the formation of @photo-identification'
catalogues of killer whales in Norwegian and Icelandic waters.
Full Report at:
& Information on the Wildlife of Shetland http://www.wildlife.shetland.co.uk/
Sue Daly produces
a Creature Feature
every month on her web site.
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
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
(Countryside & Wildlife Act: Press Releases and Links)
BMLSS presented the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD
OCEANS DAY on 8
A similar exhibition is planned
for the year 2000.
photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from March 2000. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
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.
Oceans Day: Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions
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 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.
are the best choice of film.
BNA Blake Shield Competition
Prizes awarded by Professor
David Bellamy, the Patron of the BNA.
CUP 7-11 age group
SHIELD 11- 14 age group
Cup and the Shield are awarded for the best projects that investigate the
living world, and require a team leader, a school teacher or scout group
leader, or leader of another youth group.
YOUTH AWARD 16-18
This award is for a personal
drawing painting or a photograph accompanied by a 1000-1500 word essay
on how the image was obtained.
For information about the
competitions in the year 2000 please write, enclosing stamped addressed
BNA Blake Shield
P.O. Box 5681
Tel: 01933 314672
Naturalists' Association Web Page
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC
On-line Internet Guide.
are more entries on the GATEWAY
pages of the BMLSS Web Site and on the Torpedo
File on the web site (click on this text).
ARE INVITED FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2000
SITE PAGE LINKS
Printing the two column version of Torpedo (from issue 28)
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viewing in Internet Explorer 5 and altering the right and left hand columns
in the Page Set-up menu to 9 mm (from 19 mm).
The page set-up can also
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the specified number of pages to be printed and the information about the
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FULL MEMBERS 1999/2000
The 1999 issue of Glaucus
with 52 information filled pages has 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
from the web site at:
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
Official 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.
work of the BMLSS is funded by entirely by member's subscriptions and we
do not receive any grants.
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