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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.
of jellyfish were seen off Sandgate, Kent. They
were about 12 cm in diameter but have not yet been positively identified.
were several reports and the latest opinion seems to indicate two separate
cetaceans, one in central London and another report from Greenwich, nearer
the estuary of the River Thames.A pod of Bottle-nosed
Dolphins were reported off the Palace Pier, Brighton, Sussex.
off Sussex are not seen every year.
London TV news reported the presence of an adult Bottle-nosed
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, in the Thames near the Tate Modern
Gallery. From the film footage the dolphin appears reasonably 'fit' at
the moment and quite active. It was over 3 metres (11 ft) long.
small shoal of juvenile first year Pollack,
pollachius, came as a great surprise to me on a mussel
expedition at Kingston beach,
West Sussex (Adur estuary)
In well over a thousand observations I have never seen shoals of these
fry before. The mid-water shoals are usually Sand Smelt Atherina presbyter;
labrax; or Grey Mullet,
Chelon labrosus. Pollack shoals are
are a characteristic of Cornish and Devon estuaries.
9, 10 June 2001
Oceans Day events at Plymouth, Helston,
large baleen Whales were spotted for about 30 minutes blowing
well offshore from Cork, Ireland and swimming west along the coast. These
were possibly the same Fin Whales the Air-Corp observed two days
15 June 2001
Whales, Orcinus orca, were observed around the mouth of Cork
Harbour, Ireland. The group comprises one very impressive bull with an
equally impressive dorsal fin and two smaller adults, presumably females,
although some observers have mentioned a fourth animal.
Reports on Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group
UK CetNet for even more reports
British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent
reference on the CD-ROM.
Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:
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URL access was faulty during the last month, but it has now been restored.
send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
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
Conference Calendar for Zoology
Link of all biological conferences around the world)
Watch Foundation Cetacean Workshop
Manor Leisure Centre, Lancing (next to the Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex)
by Steve Savage (Regional Co-ordinator)
is the first of three workshops (the second one is on 7
July 2001) on the identifications of cetaceans,
i.e.. whales and dolphins, including these sea mammals seen off the Sussex
first session will provide background to the work of Sea Watch and an introduction
to our work locally and how people can get involved.
via Adur DC is Natalie
Brahma-Pearl (Tel: 01273 263347)
Dolphins web page
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
deep coral reefs
on our doorstep
Williams & Jenny Mallinson
'coral ' maerl
past and present
of inner space
For more information, contact:
Tel: 023 80 596299
to Southampton Oceanography Centre
of Ocean and Earth Science
on the Dolphin links to a BMLSS Cetacean
web page on the Internet for links to dolphin watching sites in the
NE Atlantic Ocean and around the British Isles as well links for lots of
whale and dolphin reports.
Whale watching information was included in previous issues of Torpedo,
but the bulletin has now been streamlined to avoid repetition.
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio
de Janeiro in 1992. In June 1992, over 150 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.
WORLD OCEANS DAY FAYRE 2001
MARINE LIFE DISPLAYS
2 June 2001
World Oceans Day Fayre on Coronation Green,
presented the world of the oceans both to the uninitiated with plenty to
interest the experienced
were treated to the popular hands-on supervised display of the smaller
marine life, together with a variety of colouring and interactive activities.
were on hand to answer questions and there were displays of underwater
photography, sea birds, shingle plants, seashells and remains
washed up on the strandline, and information about whales, dolphins
2001 web page:
of the Page
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Environment and Planning
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
THE DISCUSSION GROUP ABOUT MARINE FISHKEEPING
ON THE LINK IN THE ABOVE BOX AND JOIN
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Smart Groups (selected)
of the Page
on data management for
Record Centres and marine data
Dolphins of the European Atlantic
Bay of Biscay and the English Channel
Graeme Cresswell & Dylan Walker
Rob Still & Phil Coles (artwork)
by Andy Swash
by Wild Guides
is the best and handiest small guide, and probably better than any of the
larger guides for identifying the cetaceans at sea.
are 14 colour plates which depict typical views of cetaceans at sea. They
have been produced using the latest digital image technology and include
images of some species never previously published. These photographs are
the real advantage of the book. The images are so good and depict their
appearance as seen by a viewer from a boat that should considerably help
with the tricky business of identifying the cetaceans.
text covers the key identification features of each species, emphasising
the differences between similar species and includes information on status,
behaviour and distribution. Colour distribution maps accompany the text
for each species.
book costs £8.00 plus £1.00 post and packing in the UK. Copies
of the book can be obtained from:
(Click on the text for the address)
& Dolphin Conservation Society
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
to the NE Atlantic Marine Birds Portfolio
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
Anemone Diadumene cincta
Parsons returned from a brief foray with a handful of very small Actinothoe
sea anemones, a small sea hare Elysia
viridis, and some other very small
orange anemones with whitish orange tentacles. After close study I can
confirm these are the often overlooked Diadumene
cincta. The idea behind collecting a handful of these sea anemones
to enable a closer a look at their behaviour to aid identification in the
wild, to provide this and other photographs, to obtain any extra information
on their biology, and to provide a popular visual description.
mouth is orange in some specimens, but the most useful diagnostic difference
from the similar Plumose Anemones is their instant
jerky reaction when touched. In Diadumene cincta this occurs about
75% of the time when poked, and this instant reaction never occurs with
small specimens of Metridium senile.
look at the photograph shows the orange actinopharynx showing through
the translucent column stretching a considerable way into the coelenteron.
This orange colour is diagnostic as it is not found in Metridium senile
and other sea anemones of the NE Atlantic.
Worthing Pier (Page 3)
photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
Oceans Day: BMLSS Exhibitions to year 2000 (Slide Show)
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.
Minquiers, Southernmost tip of British Isles, area exposed at low water
is awesome, reef is over 12 by 6 miles, June 10th, population one!
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
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. They should not
exceed 100K in size.
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).
SPONSORS ARE INVITED
FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2001
SITE PAGE LINKS
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