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Photograph by Nicolas Jouault. Note the small dorsal fin amongst the larger adult dolphins. 

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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.

Goose Barnacles (Photograph by Jim Hall)

12- 26 February 2002
After a few days of gales, Goose Barnacles, Lepas anatifera, have been washed ashore on the shores of Cornwall and south Wales and probably elsewhere.
BMLSS Barnacle Page

22-23 February 2002
Boar FishA Boar Fish, Capros aper, was brought up in a net set for Red Mullet, Mullus surmulatus, at 12 metres off the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The Boar Fish is rarely caught because it is small (59 grams and a total length of 153 mm) and escapes the nets and because it usually lives at greater depths than most nets are set. The same fisherman caught a Tadpole Fish, Raniceps raninus, the day before. This latter fish is widely distributed but solitary for most of its life so again it is rarely caught. 

In April 1991, a small Boar Fish was caught by a fisherman off south Cornwall and spent several years in Mevagissey Aquarium.
 Previous Sussex Record of a Boar Fish

18 February 2002
A massive stranding of between 120 and 150 Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, occurred on the beach at Pleubian on the Côtes d'Armor, Bretagne (Britanny), on the English Channel (le Manche) coast of northern France. 

This stranding occurred at 3:00 pm just before the low spring tide.
According to people who witnessed the event on this sandy shore, the first dolphin beached itself followed by its congeners. This prompted a rescue by the Fire Brigade, the Police and the public who were able to help 20 of the unfortunate dolphins and actually lift them up and put them back into the water. Unfortunately despite strenuous efforts 48 dolphins perished, but about 90 survived.
The reason for the stranding is not known but the topography of the bay and the large tidal range were probably contributory.

Stranded Dolphin Identification Notes
Report Numbers for Stranded Cetaceans
Mass Stranding Exercises in Scotland
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Zoonosis (Marine Mammals)

Photograph by Tony (Ecological Planning and Research, Winchester)

9 February 2002
After a week of gales, the Mantis Shrimp illustrated  was discovered on the tideline at Calshot Spit, Hampshire. It is probably Rissoides desmaresti.

BMLSS Mantis Shrimp Page
Crustacean Image Portfolio
(Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group - members only)

Photograph by Kelvin Jones

Ivory Gull investigating a dead Harbour Porpoise as a food source
on Blackrock Sounds, northern Cardigan Bay, north Wales
Photograph by Kelvin Jones

A Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, was washed up dead on Blackrock Sands near Morfa Bychan near Portmadoc in north Wales. This itself is not a particular unusual event in view of the hundreds of dolphins washed up dead on English Channel coasts. Porpoises are common in the north of Cardigan Bay and used to get caught up in fixed nets before the fishery was halted. 

Photograph by Chris GalvinIvory Gull feeding on the carcass on 10 February 2002
Photograph by Chris Galvin

However, this porpoise was graced by a visit by an Ivory Gull, Pagophila eburnea, an nearly all-white Arctic species which may have been blown further south by the recent storms. This gull is a very rare vagrant to Wales and England. 
Pictures on the Surfbirds News Page
Bird species recorded in Great Britain

5 February 2002
Cetacean Deaths
Large numbers of dolphins are washed up dead on the French coast with reports of about 300 deaths. The French newspapers showed the dolphin carcasses piled up high on the beach. 

The total reports of stranded cetaceans for Cornwall reached 45 this year.
(In previous years the numbers have been recorded at 26.)

1 February 2002
Gales batter the coasts of Britain, coinciding with exceptionally high tides, resulting in localised flooding, with the strongest winds across lowland Scotland. 
Beaufort Scale (sea)
Beaufort Scale (land)

The British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent reference on the CD-ROM. 

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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)

During the month of January all Smart Groups were disrupted by a "Denial of Service" attack but by the beginning of February all services seem to be back to normal.



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

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


After nearly 10 years, the Coelenterate Society returns to the shores of the Menai Strait and the School of Ocean Sciences at Menai Bridge, Anglesey.  You are warmly invited to attend and to present your current Coelenterate research interests, however broad.  New postgraduate students are especially invited to come along and give posters and papers at this
varied, friendly and informal meeting. 

We intend to offer a one day meeting of 20 or 30 minute verbal presentations on Saturday 13th April 2002, and space will be provided for poster presentations for viewing over tea and coffee.  Proceedings will probably begin at 10.30 am. The Ocean Science Lecture Theatre is medium sized and has facilities for 35 mm slides, overhead projection, video projection and Powerpoint. 

A pub lunch will be available in the quayside Liverpool Arms. 
Reasonably priced accommodation is available in Menai Bridge within walking distance of the School of Ocean Sciences, at either the Liverpool Arms (Tel 01248 712453), The Victoria Hotel (01248 712309), Anglesey Arms Hotel (01248 712305) or at a variety of bed and breakfast which can be booked through the North Wales Tourist Board (Tel  01248 713177).  Anglesey is easily reached from the M6 by the A55 (car parking is no problem), and by rail from Crewe.  The London - Euston rail service should take under 3.5 hours, and Menai Bridge is a short taxi ride from the station. 

Full details of the School of Ocean Sciences at the University of Wales Bangor, and how to find us are available from the World Wide Web at 
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/visitors.php and http://www.sos.bangor.ac.uk

We would be grateful if you could return the attached response slip by email or post by 15th March 2002 to indicate your interest.  Please feel free to pass on this invitation to your colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you in Menai Bridge!

John Turner, Simon Davy, and Leonie Salmon.
EMail: ospa14@bangor.ac.uk

crest   Royal Irish Academy
National Committee for Biology

Conference 2002

21 & 22 March 

The Intertidal System

The objective of the Seminar is to bring together the knowledge in Ireland on the functions and value of the intertidal region. Particular emphasis will be placed on our uses of the system and its economic and scientific potential. The Seminar, while establishing the extent of our present knowledge, also seeks to identify the gaps in our understanding and the critical research areas for the future. We will tie this in with a workshop bringing together the Seminar participants, including experts from USA and Europe. The Seminar is aimed at managers, economists and educationalists as well as the scientific community.
Poster submissions are especially welcome. Contributions will be considered for publication in Proceedings (500 word limit). Please send an abstract by 15 February to jwilson@tcd.ie
Academy House 19 
Dawson Street 
Dublin 2 

Phone: (01) 6762570 Fax: (01) 6762346 
Email: d.mcentee@ria.ie

For the full programme of events , please visit the web pages (on-line) by clicking on this text

Download registration forms herepdf format
For help, see "what is a PDF file?".

Southampton Oceanography Centre

Marine Life Talks 2002
Southampton Oceanography Centre
3rd January  Dorset marine life - Ken Collins
7th February  Rocky shores - Roger Herbert
7th March  Experiments with salt water - Ken Collins
4th April  Artificial reefs - Antony Jensen
2nd May  Biscay whales & dolphins - Andy Williams
6th June  Human history underwater - Nick Flemming
7.30pm first Thursday of every month
National Science Week 2002
Oceans Deep to Mountains High
Southampton Oceanography Centre
7 March (Thursday)  Experiments with salt water
 Dr Ken Collins, School of Ocean and Earth Science 
8 March (Friday)  Electromagnetics and the ocean floor 
 Professor Martin Sinha, School of Ocean and Earth Science
11 March (Monday)  Some like it lukewarm: the private life of animals at Deepsea Vents 
 Dr Jon Copley, School of Ocean and Earth Science 
12 March (Tuesday)  Oceans and Climate 
 Steve Hall, James Rennell Division
13 March (Wednesday)  From Rennell to robots revisited 
 Professor Gwyn Griffiths, Ocean Engineering Division 
14 March (Thursday)  The bustling life on a coral reef 
 Dr Alexander Mustard, George Deacon Division 
15 March (Friday)  The Mid Palaeozoic: climatic extremes and life crises 
 Dr John Marshall, School of Ocean and Earth Science
All welcome, entry by free ticket only. Children under 12 must be
accompanied by a responsible adult. Please send s.a.e. to:
  Daphne Woods at SOES, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH.
Stating the DATE, TITLE of the TALK, and NUMBER of tickets required. Entrance to Southampton Oceanography Centre is through Dock Gate 4, please ask for a map if required. Free parking on site, wheelchair access and facilities for those with disabilities. 
For further information contact Daphne on 023 8059 5075 or
email dw1@soc.soton.ac.uk 
9 March (Saturday) 4:00 pm Volvo Ocean Adventure: science, education and yacht racing 
 Dr Simon Boxall, School of Ocean and Earth Science 
  This event is at Southampton Oceanography Centre, Dockside Campus of Southampton University.  Simon is going to give a talk on his research which is essentially sampling the world oceans done in association with the
Volvo Ocean Yacht Race.  The talk is at 2:00 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm.  At the same time we are giving tours of the SOC and a chance for the public to talk to scientists and look at some of the work going on here.
For more information, contact:
Jenny Mallinson
Tel:  023 80 596299
More Information Link
Map to Southampton Oceanography Centre

Diary Page (Link)


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. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to reduce the size of this file. 

Quick reference links:
 GATEWAY:  Links
 GATEWAY:  Further European Links
Courses (Marine Life)
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database 
National Biodiversity Network
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Creatures of the Deep
by Erich Hoyt
Firefly Books 2001
ISBN  1-55209-340-


Edited by C. Howson and B. Picton
Ulster Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
About £27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)

The project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography. The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification books.

Now available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.

MCS books On-Line

BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)


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 Report Cards.

Lagoon Cockle  Cerastoderma glaucum

Lagoon Cockle
Photograph by Ray Hamblett from an idea by Andy Horton

Lagoon Cockle and Glasswort 

A recent survey (1997) has rediscovered the Lagoon Cockle, Cerastoderma glaucum, at Widewater Lagoon, (TQ 202 043), West Sussex, which resembles the Common Cockle, Cerastoderma edule, but has a much thinner shell and is only to be found in brackish water. The cockle is widely distributed in Europe but the lagoons in which it lives are threatened by development, including new sea defences. This is the case at Widewater where the Environment Agency want to erect a new shingle bank which may prevent seawater percolating through the shingle and altering the ecology of the lagoon. Most of the saltings were removed in the lower Adur valley by reclamation of the land, a process called innings, which turned them into grazing land with freshwater drainage ditches. 

Link to MarLIN Biological Information on the Lagoon Cockle

Some notes on the Lagoon Cockle
Glasswort Web page

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.

Click on the album for more links (On-line link)

Shore Topography Portfolio

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

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Background design by Nicolas Jouault

 28 February 2002

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