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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.
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992. Events will occur all
around the world on and around this day.
Oceans Day offers the opportunity for people in many parts of Britain and
around the world to increase their understanding of the marine environment
and wildlife of the oceans.
Oceans Day Events page
This whale is rarely discovered
and rarely seen alive long enough for a positive identification because
it usually inhabits deep waters, usually seen breaching the surface of
the sea over the 1000 metre isobath. Rarely is it possible to differentiate
which species of beaked whale from these brief unexpected encounters, but
Sowerby's is the commonest of the four species of ziphids (=Ziphiidae)
that live regularly in the seas around the British Isles.
rarely discovered Sowerby's
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens, was
washed up dead on Praa Sands, Mount's Bay, Cornwall. Nick
Tregenza and David Ball identified it as Sowerby's
Beaked Whale, an adult female, about 4 metres in length.
freshly dead mammal was hauled with some difficulty above the high tide
to enable the Natural History Museum to take samples which will become
part of the scientific collection. This only the fourth record of this
whale from Cornwall. One of the previous records was of a live specimen
that was rescued.
Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group
Chanonry Point and Fort George, near Inverness, Scotland, two Bottle-nosed
Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, attacked
and killed a young Harbour Porpoise,
phocoena. The sustained attack lasted from around 14.30 until 15.00
hours. The tide was just beginning to rise when the two dolphins, over
on the Ardersier side of the Chanonry narrows began to chase and catapult
a juvenile porpoise out of the water. The body of the
floated past Chanonry towards Inverness, where the dolphins eventually
lost interest in it and began to forage for food in the tidal current.
OCEANS DAY Exhibition at Coronation
was one of the leaders in the United Kingdom when it presented an Exhibition
celebrating the official World Oceans Day. The event
took place on Saturday 1 June 2002
in Shoreham-by-Sea, on Coronation
Green (TQ 216050), adjacent
to the footbridge over the River
Adur, with the start of the Adur Festival.
World Oceans Day Picture Portfolio 2002 (by
World Oceans Day 2002 Programme of Events
World Oceans Day Picture Portfolio
Oceans Day Smart Group
first issue for 2002 was the World Oceans Day special
edition sent to paid up members in May 2002.
Wind Sailor were also discovered washed
up further east on the shore at Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset.
May 2002 thousands of Velella
velella were also washed up along
the tide line on the beach at Nicholston Burrows on the Gower peninsular,
June 2002 there were millions of Velella
velella washed ashore on Rhosilli beach, a west facing beach
at the end of the Gower peninsula in Wales.
June 2002 many washed up Velella were
discovered hidden amongst the pebbles on Aberystwyth south beach, west
Wales on the Cardigan Bay coast.
June 2002 I have had two reports of hundreds
of Velella velella being washed
up on the South of the Isle of Man, one report from Scarlett Point and
another at Chapel Bay, Port St. Mary.
c. 9 June
of Velella velella, the By-the
Wind Sailor were discovered by Nick
Darke on Porthcothan
Beach, Cornwall. They are freshly dead, the float having the animals or
at least fragments of the soft tissue, still present. They are probably
all along the north coast, especially at Perranporth, so I will be interested
to have an idea of the maximum density per sq. metre. The last really big
incursion was in June/July 1981 when
Rennie Bere counted
150 to 200 per sq. metre, as they came in on the tide (i.e. not heaped
up in catchment areas) and he estimated 100,000 for the stretch of shore
of Velella are washed up on the north Devon strandline
from Westward Ho!, Croyde and Woolacombe.
Black (Devon Biodiversity Records Centre)
of Velella (notes)
pod of dolphins, probably Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus,
were seen off Lancing beach, West Sussex.
They appeared dark in colour, described as black rather than the grey of
the life-sized artificial dolphin on display at
World Oceans Day 2002. Dolphin observations
from the shore an unusual off Sussex, although
a few occur every year.
by Russell at Adur World Oceans Day
12 May 2002
male Cuckoo Wrasse,
bimaculatus, caught by a boat angler at a mark known as the Waldrons
off Littlehampton, one of the few places off Sussex where this fish is
regularly found. The fish was kept alive and returned to the sea at Shoreham
by Bob Squires (Southwick)
pod of six Killer Whales,
orca, are seen from the Fetlar ferry in the Bluemull ‘triangle’. (Fetlar
is an island in the north-east of the Shetland Isles.) They were probably
the same pod that was seen in March.
the swarms of jellyfish it is does not come
as a surprise that a predatory Leatherback
Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, was
seen by Ian and Joy Olford
50 metres from the shore off Polruan, Cornwall (SX
125 511). The jellyfish Rhizostoma
octopus was seen nearby and jellyfish are the principal diet
of these turtles.
Conservation Society have produced a laminated Turtle Advice Sheet
by DEFRA). The guide contains reports numbers and advice.
on Colin Speedie's Basking Shark survey last
week we were almost continually among the jellyfish Rhizostoma
octopus (from Lands End to Fowey, Cornwall), some areas had
particularly dense aggregations of them.
Black (Devon Biodiversity Records Centre)
of Rhizostoma octopus
were seen between Falmouth and the Lizard, Cornwall.
numbers of Rhizostoma
octopus are reported from the Manacles rocks, off south Cornwall,
by by Roger Dadds, (Plymouth Sound SAC) on
numbers of jellyfish up to one metre in diameter are also reported from
off Chesil beach and around Portland Bill, and also the Erme estuary and
Bigbury Bay (south Devon). It seems this is a year of exceptional abundance
for Rhizostoma octopus.
have been reports of jellyfishes from the Cornish and Devon coasts,
including Rhizostoma octopus
at 50 cm diameter with a purple rim to the bell stranded near the swimming
pool at Devil's Point (Western Kings) on the Plymouth foreshore on 7
White (of Devon Wildlife Trust) saw lots of
at Church Cove on the Lizard, Cornwall, on 5
report arrived via Brixham Coastguard from a member of the public; that
a large jellyfish (one metre across) had been found in the Imperial Recreation
Ground in Exmouth, Devon, on 6 May 2002.
June 2002 the Rhizostoma
octopus had reached as far east as Sussex with one specimen of
nearly a metre in diameter washed up at Shoreham
Nature Notes (Spring 2002) for Shoreham Beach Nature Reports
Porpoise was washed up with the umbilical
cord attached on Rozel beach, Normandy. It was a female and measured 92
cm long. Photo
baby Harbour Porpoise,
phocoena, is washed up alive on Pagham beach, Sussex, but dies shortly
British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent
reference on the CD-ROM.
Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:
cannot be accessed directly through this domain.
send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
the NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
PAGE (LINK TO)
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.
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.
and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document Vault and should not
exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).
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)
Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory,
Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA
Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300
For more details/how to find SAMS
see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk
Unless otherwise stated, seminars are
held on Fridays at 4:15 pm
in the SAMS Conference Room
** Followed by the Friday R&R **
(SAMS / UHI)
metal concentration around fish farms - naturally contained or a cause
of sediment oxygen uptake rates determined by in-situ microprofiling
and shipboard/laboratory incubations from contrasting marine environments.
of terrigenous organic carbon to total organic carbon in Scottish Sea Lochs.
breeding depression in natural populations.
(SAMS – UHI)
in an ecosystem context - does behaviour matter?
(SAMS / UHI)
shellfish poisoning in Scottish waters.
(SAMS / UHI)
use of nucleotide-enriched diets for fish broodstock nutrition.
production in the Clyde.
(SAMS / UHI)
in halibut larvae
(SAMS / UHI)
Microbes and Models.....
of sea lice medicines to non-target marine copepods.
otoliths – a mine of information?
Life Talks 2002
marine life - Ken Collins
shores - Roger Herbert
with salt water - Ken Collins
reefs - Antony Jensen
whales & dolphins - Andy Williams
history underwater - Nick Flemming
commensalism and critters
life of SE England - Lisa Browning
tales - Peter Henderson
welcome, entry by free ticket only. Children under 12 must be
by a responsible adult. Please send s.a.e. to:
Daphne Woods at SOES, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14
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.
further information contact Daphne on 023 8059 5075 or
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. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to
reduce the size of this file.
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
the Kent Ornithological Society.
NOW AVAILABLE WITH
DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING
by C. Howson and B. Picton
Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
£27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
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
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.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
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
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.
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