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Details of the availability of the new disc will be available to British Marine Life Study Society members as soon as possible. 


MARINE WILDLIFE NEWS


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.


Xantho incisus (Photograph by Ron Barrett)

27 April 2002
The prevalence of the Furrowed Crab, Xantho sp. was noted by the Ormer, Haliotis tuberculata, collectors, in a small rocky bay on Guernsey's east coast. There are two species of Xantho crab from British seas. The back legs Xantho pilipes have the bristles or setae that are lacking on  Xantho incisus. Both species are only found on south-western shores.


Photograph by Nicolas Jouault

New born Bottle-nosed Dolphin with adult, 19 May 2001, swimming against flood tide, and shallow water
Photograph by Nicolas Jouault, Jersey

25 April 2002
pod of ten plus Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in Grouville Bay, Jersey, gave a spectacular show with a calf jumping clear of the sea near Horn Rock. The pod were swimming rapidly and probably feeding as the Gannets were diving for fish. 

Report by Bertram Bree (Jersey)


12 April 2002
A Sleepy Crab, Dromia personata, was brought in by a Mevagissey (south Cornwall) inshore fisherman caught in shallow water. This was the first time this crab had been seen by the fisherman of 16 years experience. It is a rather distinctive crab the shape and size of a tennis ball and the light brown crab is covered in hairs which gives it a velvety appearance. As befits its common name it is not very active in the Mevagissey Harbour Aquarium. One of its distinguishing characters that enabled me (Andy Horton) to make the identification from a verbal description are the claws on each of the legs. This crab is rare throughout its range in British seas, found in the English Channel and as far north as Cardigan Bay on the west coast.
Mevagissey Aquarium is a Grade I Listed building and its tanks are renewed with fresh seawater twice daily which makes it an ideal environment for keeping crabs and other large crustaceans which appreciate regular water changes of this frequency. Mevagissey Aquarium houses the Comber, Serranus cabrilla, caught in June 1996, and an attractive Boar Fish, Capros aper

Report by Chris Gilbertson (Mevagissey Harbour Aquarium)
More Information on the Sponge Crab
Marlin Information Page

7 April 2002
Roger Whear reports at least 150 Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, three miles off Coverack, Cornwall. They covered an acre of sea, and many were leaping around his boat. He also saw one Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, maybe the first of this year.
The toll of dead cetaceans on Cornish shores this year is 114 so far.


1 April 2002
An unusual discovery over Easter was three Snapping Prawns Alpheus macrocheles, under boulders in Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.  These are listed as very scarce in Hayward and Ryland, though I suspect "rarely seen" would be a better description.  They were about 30 mm long, a lovely yellowy-orange colour and two were berried.

Discovery and report by Peter Tinsley
Previous Report
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The Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:
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Sub-directories cannot be accessed directly through this domain. 
 

Please send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com


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)
 

DIARY


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)



 
 
 
 
 
 
SAMS Seminar Series
 

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA

Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300 Email: mail@dml.ac.uk

For more details/how to find SAMS see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk

Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held on Fridays at 4:15pm
in the SAMS Conference Room ** Followed by the Friday R&R **
 
 
25 January Rebecca Dean 
(SAMS / UHI)
Sediment metal concentration around fish farms - naturally contained or a cause for concern?
22 February Eric Breuer

 

Comparison of sediment oxygen uptake rates determined by in-situ microprofiling and shipboard/laboratory incubations from contrasting marine environments.
5 April Pei Sun Loh
(SAMS-UHI)
Contribution of terrigenous organic carbon to total organic carbon in Scottish Sea Lochs.
19 April Dr Lukas Keller
(University of Glasgow)
In breeding depression in natural populations.
3 May Clara Morri
(SAMS UHI)
North Atlantic deglaciation.
17 May Dr Michael Burrows
(SAMS)
Foraging in an ecosystem context - does behaviour matter?
31 May Johanna Fehling
(SAMS / UHI)
Amnesic shellfish poisoning in Scottish waters.
14 June Jose Gonzalez-Vecino
(SAMS / UHI)
The use of nucleotide-enriched diets for fish broodstock nutrition.
28 June Dr Eric Fouilland
(SAMS)
Primary production in the Clyde.
12 July David Nairn
(SAMS / UHI)
Mechanoreception in halibut larvae
9 August Aditee Mitra
(SAMS / UHI)
Of Microbes and Models.....
23 August Dr Kate Willis
(SAMS)
Toxicity of sea lice medicines to non-target marine copepods.
6 September Sarah Swann
(SAMS)
Fish otoliths a mine of information?


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
4th July Camouflage, commensalism and critters
- Alex Mustard
1st August Marine life of SE England - Lisa Browning
5th September
3rd October
7th November Fishy tales - Peter Henderson

 
 
7.30pm first Thursday of every month
  http://www.soc.soton.ac.uk/PR/NEWS

 
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 

 
 
For more information, contact:
Jenny Mallinson
Tel:  023 80 596299
More Information Link
Map to Southampton Oceanography Centre

Diary Page (Link)



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. 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
BIOMAR
BRITISH MARINE LIFE ORGANISATIONS
Courses (Marine Life)
FISHBASE
MARIS
Marine Information Service
Netherlands
MARLIN
(Marine Life Information Network)
MERMAID
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database 
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day


PUBLICATIONS


NEW CD-ROM

This CD-ROM has not been extensively tested yet. It proves an interesting introduction, but not a comprehensive guide. For the practical method of trying to put a name to an plant or animal you find in the wild, it is not inclusive enough. 
Available through the Kent Ornithological Society.
 
 


NOW AVAILABLE WITH THE CD-ROM

THE SPECIES DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING SEAS.
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)

PHOTOGRAPHS


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.


Squid eggs washed up (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

Squid Eggs washed up on Lancing Beach, Sussex
Photograph by Ray Hamblett

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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FULL MEMBERS 2002


British Marine Life Study Society membership information was sent out with the Shorewatch newsletter in January 2002.

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Torpedo  compiled by Andy Horton
Background design by Nicolas Jouault

 1 May 2002

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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