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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.
were a considerable number of Compass Jellyfish, Chrysaora
hysoscella, off Hallsands Beach,
south Devon. I counted well over a hundred. There was also a small (25
cm across) Cyanea which was bright blue, it could have been Cyanea
lamarcki due to its size, colour and lack of sting (I brushed past
it whilst swimming).
Lord also reported Compass Jellyfish from L'Ancresse Beach,
on the north coast of Guernsey.
Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group Report (Link)
was an Evening Argus report of a large jellyfish
off Worthing, Sussex. The photograph was not clear
enough to be sure of its identity, but the most likely candidate from the
photograph was the harmless Barrel
Jellyfish, although it could have been the the venomous Lion's
along the rocky coastline near Holyhead on the island of Anglesey
North Wales were covered with "dumpling like" globules of the white and
gunk, identified as non-toxic vegetable oil.
divers, one of them a commercial fisherman, came across an unrecognised
shark lying stationary on the bottom near Alderney in the Channel Islands.
It was over a metre long and it was not any of the common shark species
normally found around the islands. The divers were able to have a close
look from a distance of three metres. They have ruled out both the common
dogfish species, Scyliorhinus
sp, the Spurdog Squalus acanthias and either of the Smoothhounds,
looked in the book and came up with unlikely match of the Nurse Shark,
cirratum. They said the shark remained motionless on the bottom.
It had large pectoral fins that were triangular (making a 45 degree angle
to the body anteriorly, and a 90 degree angle to the body posteriorly.
The shark had a broad snout (semi-circular) and a flat head. The shark
had two small dorsal fins with the first larger than the second. The divers
could clearly see the nostrils and spiracles but no flaps. The body appeared
dark grey with no markings.
tropical species has never been recorded in British seas although Gerald
Jennings (Calypso Publications) reports a record from Portugal.
mola, were seen off the coast of Cornwall as is usual during the summer
months. One was discovered in the Hayle river estuary near St. Ives where
it was reported breaching in a large rock pool. On 13
July 2001, nine Sunfish were seen off Pentire
Head, Cornwall (SW 936814) between Rumps and Mouls.
27 May 2001, despite the rough weather, a
Sunfish was spotted by anglers on a boat about half an hour out from Lyme
Regis, Dorset, and reported by Tom
large (15 kg) Stingray, Dasyatis
pastinaca, caught off Helford, Cornwall was landed at Newlyn.
A small (15 cm) Marbled Electric
Ray, Torpedo marmorata, was caught in a crab pot off
Freathy, Whitsand Bay, south-east Cornwall. Both fish are quite rare for
Marine Aquarium, Plymouth)
by Jane Herbert, Editor of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust site)
Man-o'War, Physalia physalis,
sufficiently numerous off Bordeaux, north-east coast of Guernsey, Channel
islands for the Police to publish a warning to bathers.
lagocephalus, was discovered washed up on the surfline by a holidaymaker
on Towan beach, near Newquay, on the north coast of Cornwall. At first
the fish that was over 30 cm long seemed to be dead, but it recovered after
being placed in a rockpool, and was eventually taken in a plastic shopping
bag to the Blue Reef Aquarium
at Newquay where it quickly recovered, and began swimming around with rays
and other fish in a large display tank.
was a very unusual discovery in British seas. The last confirmed discovery
was in 1973, but there have been a few unconfirmed reports since then.
It is a worldwide pelagic species in all the warmer oceans, and inhabiting
the open Atlantic and rarely comes inshore.
Pufferfish is named from its ability to inflate into a large ball when
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.
on 7 July 2001,
the dolphin was found dead and this was the fate of a previous porpoise
spotted in the Thames by the Houses of Parliament. The post mortem indicated
that the dolphin was an old female with only three teeth and had reached
the end of her natural life span.
report by Liz Sandeman (Marine
- July 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
shrimp, Rissoides desmaresti, has been found in Lyme Bay.
The specimen was captured by a local fishermen in a trawl net. The specimen
was around 85 mm and was captured with a good haul of cod which were feeding
upon the mantis shrimps.
British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent
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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)
deep coral reefs
on our doorstep
Williams & Jenny Mallinson
past and present
of inner space
For more information, contact:
Tel: 023 80 596299
to Southampton Oceanography Centre
of Ocean and Earth Science
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
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.
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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)
on Matters Related to the Management of Seal Populations: 2000
the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, the Natural Environment Research Council
(NERC) has a duty to provide scientific advice to government on matters
related to the management of seal populations.
has appointed a Special Committee on Seals (SCOS) to formulate this advice
so that it may discharge this statutory duty.
document is available as a *.pdf electronic file, readable using
Acrobat Reader, from Peter Haddow
of the Seal Conservation Society. BMLSS members can request a copy from
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
to the NE Atlantic Marine Cetacean Portfolio
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
clear photograph of the Snakelocks Anemone shows a bright red tinge on
the tentacles. Does anybody know the reason for the red or the common purple
tips found in the green specimens? Is it connected with the symbiotic
algae call zooxanthellae?
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.
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
strangely coloured marine eel was hauled from the depths off Cornwall and
brought into the Blue Reef
Aquarium at Newquay. It is certainly a Conger of some sort, but is
it the Common Conger Eel, Conger conger ?
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).
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FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2001
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