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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.
beach, Sussex, on the seaward side of Widewater,
four Undulate Rays,
Raja undulata, were seen in the shallow water (4 metres deep). These
rays do not seem to be recorded at bathing depths all that often.
Sharks and Rays
Rays, Raja clavata, 300 mm across
the wings were seen in very shallow water (3 metres depth ) off Shoreham
an over friendly Greater Pipefish,
acus, which coiled around my friends neck, then swam straight into
the camera, then swam up to the surface where its mouth came up out of
two night dives beneath the Palace Pier, Brighton, we found small groups
of Squid, Alloteuthis subulata.
Their colours changed very quickly from white/transparent to speckled red.
Many (20) Little Cuttles,
atlantica, were seen with a pair were captured on film possibly mating
Chelidonichthys lucerna, was seen under the Palace Pier.
finally by sliding my hand under its belly, Lesser
Weever fish Echiichthys vipera: I counted a good dozen in
approximately two square metres, quite worrying as I had my hand on the
sand to steady myself whilst photographing Little Cuttles.
Octopuses and Squids
Gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans,
was caught in a scallop dredge by the F.V.
Natalie B, skipper Steven Frank Hatton, out
of Newlyn, Cornwall, in 70 metres of water 9.7 miles east of Wolf Rock
off the south-west coast of Cornwall. It is only the second specimen of
this tropical fish caught in the seas around Britain. The previous fish
was also caught off Cornwall.
was described by Robin Turner (Newlyn)
as about 30 cm (1 foot) long with large scales and a colour olive green
flecked with brown, small ventral mouth, two large spikes pointing down
its back and two bony protrusions from its jowls. The pectoral (side) fins
were very large.
is not actually a gurnard although it looks very similar: it belongs to
the Order Dactylopteriformes, family Dactylopteridae (gurnards are Scorpaeniformes,
orange starfish, Echinaster sepositus,
was caught in a bottom gill net near the south-west corner of Guernsey
in over 30 metres of water. The fisherman, Ken
Robilliard, who caught it and has fished for
25 years says he had never seen this species before.
11 September 2002
seal was found at the head of the fjord (Killary harbour) on a grass verge,
Seal, Erignathus barbatus, was found near Leenane (the entrance
is Killary harbour), in south County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland.
This is the first record of this Arctic seal for Ireland.
the bridge in Leenuan, (53° 60'N, 9° 50'W) calmly watching the
children go to school. She is 1.5 meters in length, close to 60 kg (best
Mammal Research Unit
the 4 September and 10 September, 209
Common Seals, Phoca vitulina, were
reported around the UK bringing the total to 1005 since the beginning of
the Phocine Distemper Virus outbreak.
890 of these were from around the coast of England, predominantly from
the Norfolk coast with smaller numbers reported from Suffolk, Lincolnshire,
Northumbria and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Distemper Virus among European Seals 2002
Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, put
on the show for visitors, in Fistral Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, with between
8 and 10 dolphins shooting along on the waves with the surfers and leaping
out of the water, all this was set in front of a beautiful sunset.
six miles out of Whitby, Yorkshire, we had two sightings of Minke
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
which I believe were two separate individuals. However on the way back,
again NNE from port and six miles out between about 17.00 and 17.30, we
saw at least five Minke Whales with four in view at one time. We also saw
at least twenty small pods of Harbour Porpoises,
phocoena, with two to five individuals a pod.
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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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.
forum 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.
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to find all entries under the scientific name.
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)
26 October 2002
Conservation Society Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Museum,
on Saturday 26th October 2002.
Whether you are a marine life 'expert' or simply interested in finding
out more about life in our seas - this conference is for you.
marine life matters will be discussed, and ideas on protecting our seas
put forward. What new species are being grown in fish farms today? How
will climate change affect our marine life? How can individuals make a
difference to conserving fish stocks? Why do turtles visit UK seas? These
questions will be covered in the programme of eminent speakers.
booking is essential, and tickets are available from the Marine Conservation
Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5BU. A full programme will
be available at http://www.mcsuk.org.
The day rate of £35.25 includes refreshments and lunch.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's national charity for
protection of the marine environment and its wildlife. Since its
in 1983, MCS has become a recognised authority on marine and
conservation and is regularly consulted by Government for its views
a range of marine issues. MCS provides information and guidance on many
of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide, as
as promoting public participation in volunteer projects and surveys
as Adopt-a-Beach, Seasearch and Basking Shark Watch. For more
more information please contact:
Conservation Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire,
5BU Tel: 01989 566017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
information: Richard Harrington, Tel: 01989 561585 Email: email@example.com
our website at http://www.mcsuk.org
Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK Charity dedicated to the protection
of the marine environment and its wildlife.
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 **
talks are hosted by SAMS on FRIDAYS at 16.30 in the Conference Room.
These talks are given by researchers based at the Scottish Association
for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory and at other research
institutes throughout the UK and abroad. They present the very latest developments
in marine science and technology. All the talks are open to members
of the public and are available via video conferencing links.
details on the forthcoming talks, please contact Murray Roberts (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
or tel: 01631 559 000
Gonzalez-Vecino (SAMS - UHI). The
use of nucleotide-enriched diets for fish broodstock nutrition.
October - Cesar Ribero (SOC). Tidal modulation of gravitational circulation
in an estuary.
October - Murray Roberts (SAMS). Studying the hidden world of cold-water
coral reefs - development of the SAMS photo lander
November - Christine Campbell (SAMS). Algal biotechnology
November - Martin Doble (SAMS). Processes at an advancing Antarctic
Sea ice edge.
- Jeremy Wilkinson (SAMS). Sea ice and convection in the Greenland Sea
December - John Gordon (SAMS). 30 years at sea - inshore to offshore
fisheries research at SAMS
ASPECTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE MEDITERRANEAN - European Federation of Marine
Science and Technology Societies (EFMS). Athens,
- 29 September 2002. Organised by The
Hellenic Oceanographers' Association. For more information see http://www.efmsts.org
A series of monthly talks on marine
talks are open to the public, admission is free.
2002: Filming Underwater Wildlife
– Colin Froud
2002: Fishy Tales – Peter Henderson
2002: Walking the Dogwhelk – Simon
2003: Seabirds in Hampshire, UK, and beyond
– Russel Wynn
Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm,
please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception. Southampton Oceanography
Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village).
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.
Life of Rock Pools (Video)
Life of Low tide (Video)
secret life of low tide" was filmed over 3 years for the Purbeck Marine
Wildlife Reserve, the Marine Conservation Society and the WildlifeTrusts.
video is an information packed guide to rockpooling,
giving details on how to find the intertidal marine life.
by marine biologist, Julie Hatcher,
this production is an essential guide for anyone interested in life on
our shores. With over 50 marine animals and seaweeds this is a very informative
for the younger viewer by Andy Horton
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.
found four of these big blue jellyfish, Rhizostoma
octopus, in August washed up on the shoreline of the River
Teign between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth in Devon. My husband has size
9 feet, so you can tell they were pretty big!
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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