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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.
Cooper of the Kaspia restaurant in London's Mayfair received
a European Lobster, Homarus gammarus,
96 cm long in the normal delivery from Cornwall. Because of its exceptional
size it was presented to London
Aquarium. This is one of the largest lobsters ever caught. We have
one record of a specimen 126 cm long, but even the very large ones that
are occasionally caught are usually less than 1 metre in length.
Seal, Cystophora cristata, was washed on a Little Haven beach,
Pembrokeshire, south west Wales and found a home at the Seal Hospital at
Milford Haven. The seal was healthy apart from a small cut on one flipper.
The Hooded Seal is an Arctic species and discoveries off the coast of Scotland,
including the Orkney and Shetland Isles are rare.
charter boat 'Sundance', skippered by Roger Bayzand and the crew of nine
from the Isle of Wight, were lucky enough to observe a small Sunfish
in near flat calm conditions. Noticing the fin movement from a distance,
then changing course to have a closer look did not seem to spook the fish
away. The decision was made to carefully net the fish for closer inspection
and to take photographs. The fish demonstrated a change of pace when returned,
by bolting into the depths. Notice the dramatic change of colouring when
aboard the boat, this happened extremely quickly.
recorder Barry Moreton has reported a record number of the Ocean
Sunfish, Mola mola, off Pentire Headland (east side of the
Camel Estuary), Cornwall. Within about 8 hours, whilst he was fishing from
land, he counted 48 in groups of two or three, Douglas
Herdson of the National Marine
Aquarium, who is compiling records of this species for the whole of
the British isles, says that 15 is the largest grouping of which
Terry Hocking who has been keeping careful notes of seal
activity off the North Cliffs, has just given his notes to Cornwall Wildlife
Trust together with observations on Sunfish. He has noticed that
gulls - seemingly always immature Herring Gulls - frequently gather
around them. If the gulls attentions are too insistent, the
Sunfish will lunge at them, squirting water from its mouth! - and he has
a video to prove it. I can find no mention of this in the literature
or on the World Wide Web (Internet) - indeed in general there seem
to be more questions than answers at present, although it seems certain
that the Ocean Sunfish is becoming more frequent and extending its range
in British waters..
SW (Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages)
Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Report by the Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit
the evening whilst on a routine Minke Whale survey along the southern Moray
Firth, biologists from the Cetacean Research
& Rescue Unit had a truly amazing experience when they encountered
an 11.5 metre long adult Humpback
Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, just three miles from the coastline
of the outer firth.
are rare visitors to British waters. There has only been on rare stranding
report this year. Humpbacks are a deep water whale.
Humpback Whale was seen again by the research team in relatively shallow
water on 11 August 2001.
Isles Report 2001
Cetacean Page including
a Humpback in Cornwall
Whales (Shetland Isles) 2000
Tyler Reports from St. Kilda, of String Jelly, Salps, Cotton-spinner (sea
cucumber) Holothuria forskali, and the starfish Stichastrella
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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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.
Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus,
Les Fosses, South of Les Écréhous, Channel Islands
Sea Watch Foundation is the only charity in Britain dedicated to monitoring
the status and distribution of cetaceans in British and Irish waters in
order to obtain information vital to their future survival.
extensive programme of specialised survey work is enhanced by a unique
sightings network of volunteer observers throughout the UK which provides
data essential not only for basic research, but also for evidence crucial
in the conservation and protection of these marine animals.
network, which now numbers around 1500 people, has provided 20,000 recorded
sightings in the course of the last 20 years, making it not only the largest,
but also the longest running project of its kind in Europe.
opportunistic sightings were used to produce general distribution maps
for different species.
emphasis is, placed upon regular, systematic observations covering inshore
waters from headlands, and offshore from a network of boats operating at
provides a unique system for monitoring distribution and abundance changes
its operation gives the public an unrivalled opportunity to become directly
involved in scientific efforts to conserve and monitor cetacean populations
in British and Irish waters, and the value of their contribution to scientific
research cannot be over-estimated.
work leading to the formation of the Sea Watch Foundation began back in
1973 with zoologist Dr Peter Evans. Realising just how little was
known about cetaceans in British and Irish waters, Dr Evans developed a
network of volunteer observers - the Cetacean Group - with backing from
the Mammal Society.
Whale & Dolphin Group web pages
Islands (Marine Mammals)
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
you identify this Sea Bream caught by an angler off Hayling Island, Hampshire,
in the summer of 2001?
by Chris Everson (Worthing).
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
year, 2000, we came across some hard orange balls about the size of grapefruits,
they have a hard solid skeleton just like a Brain Coral and covered in
very small polyps. Again this year we have spotted a few small ones, however
a recent diving trip to Devon, we found many up to the size of a small
orange - photos. We seem unable to find any reference to these in the ID
guides - do you have any ideas?
at Hoy in the Orkneys
Luke Richards 2001
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
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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
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