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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
Conservation Society Dives 2000
29th and 30th July 2000
The Festival of
the Oceans is part of the Gateway to the Oceans event year consisting
of the following:
a.. Ocean Watch - This will consist of educational workshops, an
inter-active play zone, exhibitions and demonstrations with the aim of
raising the awareness of the general public about environmental issues
related to protecting our Oceans and the implications of not investing
in their future.
a.. World Carnival - The World Carnival will celebrate the City's
multicultural community and key maritime events through history. Examples
of such events include the Empire Windrush docking in Southampton, with
the first immigrants from the Caribbean to the UK, the Pilgrim Fathers
setting sail on The Mayflower, and those myths and legends surrounding
would mainly like to bring to your attention the Ocean Watch element of
the event. As part of this we will be holding lectures on the evenings
of Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and the afternoon of Sunday 30th July.
you have any questions or require further details, please contact me on
Tel: 023 8083 2906 or send an EMail.
Floor, Frobisher House
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
for 12 October 2000
Life Course in Sussex
Dr Gerald Legg (Booth Museum)
Wildlife: Introduction to Identification
In conjunction with the University
of Sussex, Dr Gerald Legg at the Booth Museum of Natural History will be
running a marine wildlife course in the autumn.
Venue: Booth Museum
of Natural History, 194, Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA
Sessions: 10 plus field
Day and time: Thursdays
7-30 to 9-30 p.m.
Cost: £50 normal;
£20 retired and unwaged
Contact & further details:
Dr Gerald Legg. Tel. (01273) 292777
fax (10273) 292778
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
NE Atlantic Ocean.
pod of 10 White-sided Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus
were spotted in the evening and morning off Catfirth (east Mainland) in
the Shetland Islands.
Report 1999 from the Shetlands
Wildlife Pages Report (link includes other cetacean reports of Killer Whales
& Dolphin Page (BMLSS)
anglers on a charter boat spotted a Billfish jumping out of the sea between
the islands of Guernsey and Herm (Channel Islands, English Channel). The
fish was not positively identified but it was probably a Swordfish
by Richard Lord (Guernsey) &
Len Le Page (Guernsey Press)
Information and other Swordfish reports (British seas)
A pod of 12 White-beaked
Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus albirostris, were seen off Hermaness
(Unst) in the Shetland Islands in the morning and a further 8 were spotted
in Lerwick Harbour.
Wildlife Pages Report (link includes other cetacean reports of Killer Whales
Holt has discovered several of the
attractive sea anemone
Amphianthus dohrnii around the Firth
of Lorn area off the west coast of scotland. This anemone is usually brown
and in British waters is extremely rarely recorded on the brown Sea
Fan Eunicella verrucosa. They were found between 25 and 40 metres
of water, and deeper, on a dive.
the east side of Eilean Ddubh Mor (just NW of Lunga, Firth of Lorn) we
were finding one and up to six or seven Amphianthus on almost every
Fan Swiftia pallida in sight, which has not been recorded
before in British seas. Swiftia pallida was found on slightly silty,
moderately tide-swept but wave-sheltered circalittoral bedrock.
Holt also discovered the very rare anemone
sarsi just off this island (Eilean Ddubh Mor) as well as the more
common Fireworks Anemone Pachycerianthus multiplicatus. These
anemones were found at depths of between 31 and 35 metres.
Anemone Homepage (BMLSS)
Holt's Mantis Shrimp report
(essential extra information and a photograph of Amphianthus dohrnii
verrucosa is contained on this database).
The deep water Northern
Featherstar Leptometra celtica was also discovered
in these shallow seas around the Firth of Lorn area (Garvellachs, Scarba,
World Oceans Day proved to be a success,despite a few problems,
which means the displays etc. are expected to be an improved for 2001.
occurred the length of Britain and all around the world. Click on the Lobster
to go to other pages (on-line).
school of 20 to 30 Basking
Sharks remained in the St. Ives area, Cornwall, for more
than a day.
Steve Hollier, on the list collated by Ray Dennis
Sharks 2000 (Cornwall)
fishermen from Guernsey reported an ovigerous ("in berry") male Spiny
Spider Crab, Maja squinado. The crab had the large chelipeds
(claws) and other features that characterise the male of this crab. Asymmetrical
specimens have been recorded before, some coloured blue.
Information and Report Details
Spider Crab Page
the last two weeks Cuttlefish have been found (sometimes by the
thousand) on the strandline on both the north and south coasts of Cornwall.
Large numbers have also been seen floating on the surface out at sea. On
June 2000 Matt
Stribley counted over 500 cuttlebones on a 500 metre stretch below
species are involved, mainly the Common Cuttle, Sepia officinalis,
and the rare Sepia orbignyana (5%) which is smaller and has a pink
tinge. The cuttlebones of Sepia orbignyana have longer apical spines
A range of sizes of the Common Cuttle have been seen and they are complete,
with for example, no teeth marks to indicate that they have been eaten.
the last issue of Torpedo 48, I made a mistake over the identification
of the smaller of the two species of Cuttlefish. In
the illustration the species on the left is Sepia orbignyana and
on the right Sepia officinalis. Click on the images (when on-line)
to lead you to Matt
Stribley's Sepia web page, where the differences between the two species
are graphically explained.
seems to be a lot of both cuttlefishes and squids
around this year.
Cuttlefish probably could have died naturally after spawning, but there
were a large numbers of smaller cuttlebones from reduced sized (juvenile?)
Wildlife Trust web pages
Pages (Matt Stribley)
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
has been received about the proposed use of a chitin-inhibiting insecticide
on farmed salmon cages in Scottish seas.
is the main component of the exoskeleton of all crustaceans.
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
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
have arisen over the original identification of this crab
the shore zone at Dorset
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
North Atlantic Gray Whale
An historical outline based on Icelandic, Danish-Icelandic, English
and Swedish sources dating from ca 1000 AD to 1792
Ole Lindquist, PhD
Occasional papers 1
the centre for environmental history and policy
Universities of St Andrews and Stirling, Scotland
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).
The Variety of Life: A Survey and a Celebration of all the Creatures
that have ever lived, by Colin Tudge
ISBN 0-19-850311-3 £35.00 (Oxford University
Press, March 2000)
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
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.
Life Information Network
Some interesting species information is
now starting to be included on their site.
BMLSS presented the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate
WORLD OCEANS DAY on 8
A similar exhibition is planned
for the year 2001.
photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House. 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: BMLSS Exhibitions (Slide Show)
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
were also expressed over the identification of this burrowing crustacean
as Axius stirhynchus
discovered on the lower shore of Sussex in two separate places and on the
same weekend a few years ago. There are occasional records before
this, when the crustacean was either not identified or attributed to another
species. I would be very interested to hear reports from other parts of
the British coasts, and further afield in European seas. Is it rare or
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.
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
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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:
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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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