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Reports 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. 



 
 26 November 2001
A very unusual report of a  Barracuda, Sphyraena sp., was received from Cornwall where net fisherman David Kessell captured one six miles off the Lizard peninsula. The streamlined tropical fish has not been recorded in British seas before. This one weighed about 4.2 kg gutted (9 lb) and it was about 106 cm (nearly 4 ft) long. This fish has been photographed and verified by Dr Paul Gainey. Of the three species in the family Sphyraenidae found in the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean only Sphyraena sphyraena extends north to the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula and southern Bay of Biscay.
Full Report
Full Report (CD-ROM version)

When this specimen was examined at the Natural History Museum by Oliver Crimmen it was found that the edge of the operculum was naked (not covered in scales as it is in).  This, along with a few other features, showed the specimen to be Sphyraena viridensis, known as the Yellowmouth Barracuda.

  
25 November 2001
A seal was seen off Brighton beach, Sussex in the English Channel. This is outside the normal range of all species of pinnipeds. It was swimming between Brighton's two piers heading east to west. The seal swam at the surface and dived on occasions and appeared to be in good health. They have been seen as occasional vagrants before, notably off Shoreham a few miles to the west.
Report by Stephen Savage
Sussex Regional Co-ordinator for the Sea Watch Foundation
BMLSS Seal Page
Seal Conservation Society
Sussex Marine Life

Photograph by Paul Parsons

18 November 2001
Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, in fine condition were discovered inhabiting part of the undersea chalk cliff face known as the Worthing Lumps, about 3 miles off the Sussex coast. About 15 adult fish were found, most of them inhabiting the rock crannies in the clear cold (12° C) water, but one fish ventured out into the open. Divers rarely have the opportunity to observe Triggerfish in the winter because of the inclement weather restricts the diving opportunities. 
Excellent photographs and Triggerfish information page (link)


17 November 2001
Two specimens of the Straight-nosed Pipefish, Nerophis ophidion, were discovered on the south Cornish shore of Hannafore Beach, Looe on the low spring tides. These pipefish are resident large (12 cm) pipefishes around the southern coast of Britain, and are probably rarely recorded on a few shores rather than being a rare species of this small elongated fish.

Full Report

Curled Octopus (Photograph by Helen Nott)

A Curled Octopus was discovered by Helen Nott on Heacham Beach, Norfolk, In this clear photograph (click on this text to see), you can see the single row of suckers. The Common Octopus has a double row.
BMLSS Octopus page

15 November 2001
Stephen Summers, found an intact Triggerfish washed up on Poltreath Beach in Cornwall.
Link to the photograph and full report

15 November 2001
Bottle-nosed Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus, was discovered washed up dead on a beach in Skaill Bay, (HY 229 189) in the Orkney Isles. This whale is usually found in deep water.

Prior Report in 2001
BMLSS Cetacean Page
Report Numbers for Stranded Cetaceans

9 -14 November 2001

Photograph by Dr Kevin P Robinson

Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacia, nearly 1.5 metres across was spotted close to the south Alloa jetty 30 miles up the Firth of Forth, the major inlet on the east coast of central Scotland. A search was conducted for the turtle to rescue it in case it became trapped. However, in the vast expanse of the estuary the turtle could not be located easily and it was 14 November 2001 before it was discovered and photographed after an extensive and systematic search in small boats.

1 November 2001
There have been further reports of Short-snouted Seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, from around the Channel Islands. Fisherman Steve Ryall hauled them up in his nets together with Lumpsuckers and large Soles over 3 kg in weight. The Seahorses were returned alive. Lobster and crab fisherman Andy Egre reports catching two large Seahorses in his pots about a mile and a half off Rozel in 30 metres of water in an area of strong tides. BMLSS Seahorse page

31 October to 4 November 2001
The beam trawler F.V. Admiral Gordon, fishing out of Plymouth, reports seeing large numbers of Pilot Whales, Globicephala melas, for the first time about 12 miles South of Start Point, South Devon.  They estimate over 50 whales and report that they were also picking up a lot of midwater markers (on the echo sounder) which may have been herring.


31 October 2001
Fisherman Steve Long caught a Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, off the Cornish coast off Coverack in deepish water at about 75 metres (40 fathoms). This warm water octopus is now only rarely discovered in the English Channel, although within just about living memory it was commoner. This species was identified by Paul Gainey, but hauling it up from the depths damaged the specimen which did not survive its ordeal. 

BMLSS Octopus Page

29 October 2001
Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus macrocheles, was discovered by fisherman Timmy Bailey in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, and identified by marine biologist Paul Gainey. This is one of a few small shrimps that can produce a rather alarming cracking noise with their claws. It was bright orange in colour. Exactly how rare they are in British seas is unclear because they are small, up to 43 mm only, and are only rarely reported. (There are two other species Alpheus glaber and Alpheus ruber.) The Pistol Shrimp found a home at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

BMLSS Crustacea Page

25 October 2001
The Grimsby Evening Telegraph reported a 3 metre long (including the sword) Broad-billed Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, discovered by Ian and Graham Royle washed up dead on Chapel St. Leonards beach, Lincolnshire on the east coast of England. This is usually an oceanic fish with just a few reports in British seas, one or two sightings in the English Channel of this fast swimming fish jumping out of the sea, and one report of a fish washed on the west coast of Scotland. 

BMLSS Swordfish page

 

 

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In 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


2001



 
MARINE LIFE COURSES

Marine Biology Course for Adults: Distance Education and Field course

Starts January 2002

Details at 
http://www.gla.ac.uk/adulteducation/brochure/credit/7NF7.html
 

7NF7 MARINE BIOLOGY
20 credits at Level 1 
Starting January 2002 
10 week Internet based course followed by 1 week residential field course 

The overall aim of this course is to familiarise students with the basic principles that rule life in the ocean and provide an understanding of the variety of marine ecosystems found throughout the world. By examining the physical and chemical conditions organisms experience in different oceanographic regions we will learn how marine organisms are adapted to the intertidal zone, the open ocean, the deep sea, coral reefs and polar seas. The course will be taught by providing lecture material on the world-wide web (WWW). This material will be supported by web-based asynchronous conferencing. A one week residential field course in Scotland will then be held to put theory into practice. Students are required to have access to the WWW and have email* and must attend field course.* All students are given free access to on-campus computing facilities. **Includes accommodation fee for field course. 

Tutors: Anuschka Miller, BSc, MSc, PhD and Dominic McCafferty, BSc, PhD 
Fee £350** 
-----------------------------------------------------
Dr Dominic J. McCafferty
Department of Adult and Continuing Education
University of Glasgow,
St Andrew's Building,
1 Park Drive Glasgow G3 6LP
Scotland
email: d.mccafferty@educ.gla.ac.uk

Tel: 0141 330 4394 Direct Line: 0141 330 2631
Fax: 0141 330 3525

People on benefits may be eligible to have their fees waived completely


Click here on how to book your place
For further details contact enquiries or visit the DACE website

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S180 Life In The Oceans: Exploring Our Blue Planet

http://www.open.ac.uk/science/short

http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?C02S180

Code : S180 Level : 1 Points : 10 
Start date End date UK fee* 
Feb 2002 see description £65 no online registration - 
Computer required No residential school 
*Note: this course is only available in the United Kingdom. 
 

Description 
This new course is linked to the spectacular 'Blue Planet' BBC TV series.
It will use a variety of media to address the following questions: 
What are the challenges of living in the oceanic environment, and how have marine organisms adapted to cope with them?
Why do some parts of the ocean continually teem with life while others have seasonal bursts of activity?
How do marine ecosystems differ from terrestrial ecosystems?
How have our ideas about the deep ocean environment evolved? 

And why do discoveries in the abyssal depths continue to amaze us?
In working towards answers to these questions, you will see that to understand life in the oceans we need to consider not just marine biology, but geology, chemistry and physics - the shape of the ocean basins, the chemistry of seawater, and ocean tides and currents, all play crucial roles in shaping the marine environment. The final section of the course looks at modern fishing techniques and their far-reaching consequences for marine life, and considers what might be done to ameliorate the present critical situation.

The course has been written assuming that you are new to science, and introduces new scientific ideas as you need them. However, if you have already done some science at school, college or elsewhere, you will find opportunities to explore some topics further. The course should help you to develop a variety of skills, which become more sophisticated as the course progresses, and there are questions to help you check your understanding as you go along.
 

BIOSIS  Conference Calendar for Zoology
(Major Link of all biological conferences around the world)
 


Southampton Oceanography Centre

2001

1st March Galapagos oil spill Ken Collins
5th April Cold, deep coral reefs Alex Rogers
3rd May Dolphins on our doorstep Andy Williams & Jenny Mallinson
7th June Wrasse watching Ken Collins
5th July Salmon migration Adrian Fewings
2nd August Honduras reefs Lisa Browning
6th September Swanage maerl Ken Collins
4th October Deep sea cucumbers  Ben Wigham
1st November Solent, past and present  Jack Coughlan
6th December Aliens of inner space Peter Herring

 

For more information, contact: 

Jenny Mallinson

Tel:  023 80 596299

More Information Link 

Map to Southampton Oceanography Centre
 

Best wishes

Dr Ken Collins
Senior Research Fellow
School of Ocean and Earth Science
University of Southampton
Southampton Oceanography Centre
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH.
U.K.
Email: kjc@soc.soton.ac.uk
http://www.soc.soton.ac.uk/SOES/RES/groups/reef

Devon Wildlife Trust

Wembury Bay Rockpool Rambles
Contact  Wembury Marine Centre   Tel:  01752 862538

Leaflet from Devon Wildlife Trust   Tel:  01392 279244.


Diary Page (Link)


 
CETACEANS


Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
Photograph by Nicolas Jouault

Marine Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group

 

http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/

The 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. 

An 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. 

The 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. 

Company of Whales
Irish Whale & Dolphin Group web pages

UK CetNet eForum

Marine Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group
 

Channel Islands (Marine Mammals)


 
 
Striped Dolphin (Link to Cetacean Page)Clicking 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.

The Whale watching information was included in previous issues of Torpedo, but the bulletin has now been streamlined to avoid repetition.

 



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Under Sea Wind

MAN'S IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
 
UK Environment and Planning
Under Sea Wind (BMLSS)
World Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)

REPORT FORMS


Official Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
 http://www.jncc.gov.uk/marine/mainfs.asp?page=/mit/recfrm.htm

 Biomar Information Page (with links to their web page)

 BMLSS Report Forms
 


FORUM



 

MARINE WILDLIFE 
of the NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
EFORUM PAGE   (LINK TO)



Forum for discussion about the marine life of the North-east Atlantic Ocean, including the North Sea, English Channel and all the seas around the British Isles including Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. 

This page can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over identification, concerns about environmental issues etc. This eForum is participated in by members of many groups studying the marine environment. Go to menu bar above and click on Database and then on Marine Life Organisations to find a list of web sites.Photographs and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document Vault and should not exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).
 

Andy Horton (Manager) 
Discussions on the Forum

Recent discussions have included

Whether a small juvenile transparent flatfish from off Stavanger (Norway) is a Dab or a Halibut, both fish having a pronounced lateral line curve.
This was discussed under two threads or subject headings e.g. "Species Identification" and "Halibut or Dab".

The archives can be searched. It is not a sophisticated search method, but you can include the generic name of a species and find all the entries. 
 
 


 

WET THUMB (Marine Aquariology)
EFORUM PAGE

JOIN THE DISCUSSION GROUP ABOUT MARINE FISHKEEPING
CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE ABOVE BOX AND JOIN

All photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Other Smart Groups (selected)
 

Sea Slug Forum

Sea Slug Forum
http://www.seaslugforum.net/



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PUBLICATIONS


 
Photographic Guide to the
Sea & Shore Life
of Britain & North-west Europe
(Oxford University Press 2001)
ISBN
Pbk 0 19 850709 7
Hbk  0 19 850041 6

WARNING:  This book contains a few mistakes where the photographs do not match the text.


NEW BOOK

Creatures of the Deep
by Erich Hoyt
Firefly Books 2001
ISBN  1-55209-340-

 

ISBN  1-55209-340-9


 
BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)

LINKS


NEWS   2001


Marine Wildlife News 2001
(British Isles)
Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the fauna and flora of the NE Atlantic Ocean.

 
Link to the NE Atlantic Marine Cetacean Portfolio
WORLD OCEANS DAY
eForum

MARINE FISH LIST
(Around the British Isles)

WORLD OCEANS DAY

PHOTOGRAPHS



 
 
Marine Life of the NE Atlantic Ocean "Smart Groups" Photographic Portfolios
Marine Life of the Channel Islands   Homepage

Marine Life of the Channel Islands   Index to Photographs by Sue Daly

Norwegian Underwater
Photographs (Marine Life Photo Agency: Paul Kay)
Underwater Photographs

Jim Anderson's Scottish nudibranch pages
Dolphins of the Channel Islands 
(Photographic Portfolio by Nicolas Jouault)
Espen Rekdal's Underwater Images
Corals of the Abyss (NE Atlantic)
British Marine Life Study Society Portfolio
Norwegian Marine
Slide Show: Inshore Marine Fishes (British)
(CD-ROM only)
Underwater Images (by Sean Clark)
Marine Mammals of the English Channel Portfolio
Robert Patzner's Portfolio for Fishbase


SEASHORE ILLUSTRATIONS



 
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.
 

Tractor collecting the vraicVraicVraicRockpooling
Collection of Vraic (Laminaria) on the rocky shores of Jersey
The tractor will take its load to the field to be spread. It is said to improve the flavour of the Jersey Royal Potato.
Photographs by Nicolas Jouault

Ocean Harvest Time

Vraic appears to be a dialectic variation of wrack, a common name for seaweed


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 Report Cards.
 
Photograph by Paul Parsons
18 November 2001
A Sea Scorpion (Bullhead), Taurulus bubalis, shown in the photograph above, with strong colours and patches of white, on the undersea chalk cliff face known as the Worthing Lumps, about 3 miles off the Sussex coast. the camouflage is effective and used both for ambushing its prey and avoiding larger predators. 

Photograph by Paul Parsons

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. They should not exceed 100K in size.

Shore Topography Portfolio



GATEWAY:  LINKS TO OTHER SITES


The 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.

There 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).
 
 
 
     GATEWAY PAGES ON THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR LINKS TO OTHER MARINE LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATIONS
GATEWAY PAGES ON THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR LINKS TO OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL AND
MARINE LIFE ORGANISATIONS
 
Cornish Wildlife
Vince Smith's One-List/Cornish Wildlife
Seaquest SW (Devon & Cornwall)
(Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages)
EVERY SINGLE FISH IN ALL THE SEAS AND EVERY SINGLE RIVER, LAKE AND DRAINAGE DITCH
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database (Link)
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database 
(MERMAID)
De Strandwerkgroep
'Strandwerkgroep'  (Beachworkgroup)
MARLIN
(Marine Life Information Network)
National Biodiversity Network
National Biodiversity Network
National Biodiversity Network (Search)
BIOMAR
Ocean Portal
(Ocean Services Section IOC)
SEA-SEARCH

SEA-SEARCH is a European co-operative of 16 national oceanographic data centres and marine information services from 14 European countries, including the EC-Joint Research Centre.

MARIS
Marine Information Service
Netherlands


UK Environment and Planning
EFORUM PAGE

SPONSORS ARE INVITED FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2001


WEB SITE PAGE LINKS

BMLSS (England) HOMEPAGE

NEWS   2001


INFORMATION & HOW TO JOIN GENERAL INDEX GLAUCUS JOURNAL SHOREWATCH PROJECT
WILDLIFE NEWS (MARINE)
2000
TORPEDO BULLETIN DIARY

WORLD OCEANS DAY 2001

GATEWAY: LINKS TO OTHER SITES
FIVE KINGDOMS SPECIES INDEX SERVICES GENERAL SPECIES LIST EMAIL
News 1999 News 1998 News 1997 News 1996

 
BMLSS (Facebook)
Rockpooling
Popular Guides
Diving Reports
BRITISH MARINE LIFE ORGANISATIONS


Printing the two column version of Torpedo (from issue 28)

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The page set-up can also be amended in Netscape Composer, and this has the advantage of enabling the specified number of pages to be printed and the information about the file (name, path, date) to be deleted.


FULL MEMBERS 1999/2001



 
 

The 2000 issue of Glaucus with 48 information filled pages has been sent out to members.
Renewals:
Renewals 2001

New Members
Subscribers to Torpedo who wish to receive the written material on paper in the journal Glaucus and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application Form at:
New Members 2001

The new Premier Membership for the year 2000 also entitles the member to the Official BMLSS CD-ROM, 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.
 
Membership 2001 Premier  Ordinary
     
New Member
£35.00
 £25.00
Renewal
£30.00
 £20.00

The work of the BMLSS is funded by entirely by member's subscriptions and we do not receive any grants. 


Some of the images may not display if you have changed your directory for downloaded files. The images may also not display properly if your settings on your EMail software do not allow you do this automatically. Unfortunately, I am unable to cater for all the Email software in use nowadays. I am looking into this problem.

Torpedo  compiled by Andy Horton
Background design by Nicolas Jouault

 30 November 2001 

FIVE KINGDOMS TAXONOMIC INDEX TO BRITISH MARINE WILDLIFE
Use these links if your are familiar with the scientific classifications of marine life

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