TORPEDO

Marine Life News Bulletin

April 2008

ISSN 1464-8156

On-line connection to the British Marine Life Study Society web pages
Index for the Torpedo News Bulletins
Link to the forum for marine wildlife of the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas
Link to Marine Life News 2008
LINKS
GATEWAY:  Links
GATEWAY:  Further European Links
New EMail address
BIOMAR
BRITISH MARINE LIFE ORGANISATIONS
Courses (Marine Life)
Discussion Groups
FISHBASE
MARIS
Marine Information Service
Netherlands
MARLIN
(Marine Life Information Network)
MERMAID
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database
National Biodiversity Gateway
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
Link to Ray Dennis's Cornish Marine Life Reports for 2007
Link to Sealord Photography
FOR THE YOUNGER
AGE GROUP
Link to an on-line page for younger students of the seashore. Spider Crab and youngsters at Adur World Oceans Day 2002 (Photograph by Duncan Morrison)
7-14 years

Norwegian Marine***
LINKS FOR TALKS & ACTIVITIES

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
NATIONAL MARINE
AQUARIUM

Scottish Association for Marine Science

Silver Dolphin Centre, Helston, Cornwall
 

Link to the Porcupine Society web pages

Marine Life Society
of
South Australia ***


De Strandwerkgemeenschap

'Strandwerkgroep'
(Beachworkgroup)
Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
 Seasearch

 
 
 
 

 

Monthly electronic news bulletin for the marine life of the NE Atlantic Oceans including the seas and seashore around the British Isles.
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MARINE LIFE 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.
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26 April 2008
I've just come back from a few days holiday in Dorset and saw hundreds, if not thousands of Early Spider Orchids, Ophrys sphegodes, in the cliff edge turf near Dancing Ledge. Also many Green-winged Orchids and a few Early Purple Orchids too.


24 April 2008
A Short-snouted Seahorse*, Hippocampus hippocampus, was discovered on the filtration plant at Shoreham Harbour. It was alive when found but died shortly afterwards. (*assumed to be this species).

Dead Seahorse (Photograph by Craig Vernoit) on Brighton Beach

Seahorses are now a regular occurrence about two miles offshore. 

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden
BMLSS Seahorses
Sussex Marine Life Reports

April 2008
 
Squid eggs (Photograph by Andy Horton)
There has been at least half a dozen reports of Squid eggs frequently washed up on the shore along the English Channel coast.

BMLSS Squid Eggs

3 April 2008
On a Orca Sea Safaris two hour marine wildlife safari out into Falmouth Bay and beyond, we saw three pods of Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, the first was 7.5 miles ESE from St Anthony Head where 10-12 Common Dolphins were exhibiting feeding behaviour. About 1.5 miles further out, a pod of 50 Common Dolphins were spotted moving at around 14-15 knots, a number of dolphins broke from the pod to join our boat for a bit of fun and bow riding. Three miles further west of here we found another 10 Common Dolphins which approached us and started milling around the boat.

  
Full Report

BMLSS Whales & Dolphins (by Steve Savage)


FORUM NEWS

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Mailing Groups

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean 
Yahoo Group
New Group: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/Glaucus

With the closure of Smart Groups at the end of November 2006 most of the 7500+ messages have been filed at:

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Jiglu
http://www.Jiglu.com/spaces/glaucus/

Images can be uploaded to flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/glaucus/

NEW
Wet Thumb (Marine Aquariology) Forum Link
 
 

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All reports by Andy Horton unless the credits are given 
to other observers or reporters.

Cornish Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2005





 

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.





14 June 2008

Venue: Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea
Admission: FREE
 
 
Adur will be one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, as part of the Adur Festival


11-15 November 2008

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 
Valencia, Spain

The exploration of marine biodiversity: scientific and technological challenges
To review the current understanding of marine biodiversity, its role in marine ecosystem functioning and its socio-economic context
To assess current and future threats and potential mitigation strategies for conservation and regulation of marine resources
To identify future research priorities

First Announcement (Link)
Full Details (Link)

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BIOSIS  Conference Calendar for Zoology

(Major Link of all biological conferences around the world)
 
 



PUBLIC AQUARIA NEWS
 Public Aquaria List
CETACEAN NEWS
?  What to do if you find a stranded whale or dolphin  ?

If you find a LIVE stranded or injured whale or dolphin on the beach you must send for help QUICKLY. A whale or dolphin stranding is an emergency and the speed of response by a professional rescue team is perhaps the most crucial factor in determining whether or not an animal can be returned to the sea alive.


EMERGENCY NUMBERS FOR LIVE CETACEAN STRANDINGS
ENGLAND
WALES
SCOTLAND
0300 1234 999
0300 1234 999
0131 339 0111
CORNWALL
JERSEY
GUERNSEY
0845 201 2626
01534 724331
00 44 1481 257261

 
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
 
01825  765546

LINK TO THE STRANDINGS PAGE


 
 
 PUBLICATIONS & WEB PAGES
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BOOKS

PUBLICATIONS

NEW BOOKS:
 
 


Seashore
by Lucy Beckett-Bowman

Consultant: Andy Horton
Usborne Publishing   £3.99

Usborne Beginners Series
Level One (very young children)

ISBN 978-0-7460-8864-7

BMLSS Notes for a Primary School Teacher

Whales & Dolphins 
of Great Britain
by Dylan Walker and Alex Wilson
CETACEA Publishing 2007
£11.95 
ISBN-10: 0-9556144-0-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-9556144-0-8
 

If you would like to see whales and dolphins in British waters, Whales and Dolphins of Great Britain is the book for you! A comprehensive and easy-to-use field guide to all of the regularly seen species, it also shows you how, where, and when to go and see these spectacular marine mammals, with 38 boat operators and 16 outstanding land-based viewpoints listed. The text is packed with information on how to book a trip; including the species that are likely to be seen, how to get there, and what photographic opportunities are available. If you love whales and dolphins and enjoy seeing the British countryside, this book is a must you never know when you might need it! 

Whales and Dolphins of Great Britain is the first in a series of regional whale and dolphin watching guides being published by Cetacea Publishing. 

CETACEA Publishing, Nook Farmhouse, Ashby Road, Shepshed, Loughborough, LE12 9BS. Telephone: 0845 388 3053. Fax: 0845 108 6386. 
E-Mail: info@cetaceapublishing.com. Website designed by de Wilson-Wildman LLP 

BMLSS Cetacean Book Reviews
 

Click on this image for a link for further details
The Gulf Stream
by Bruno Voituriez 
Publisher:  UNESCO 
ISBN:  92-3-103995-4 
222 pages, figures, glossary, bibliography

The Gulf Stream
Amid contemporary scenarios of potential climatic catastrophes and global warming that might be imagined to bring a new ice age, the powerful image of the Gulf Stream rising from the Florida Straits and flowing to the north Atlantic inevitably provokes questions about its ecological significance and whether it might ever stop.
 

Coastal Plankton
Photo Guide for European Seas

by Otto Larink & Wilfried Westheide
reviewed by Wim van Egmond
 
 
Seashore 
(Collins New Naturalist) (Paperback)
by Peter Hayward
Collins 2004

ISBN:  0-00-220031-7

Amazon Web Site

Paperback. Pp 288. Colour & b/w photographs, illustrations, charts, maps and bibliography. Fine copy. "New Naturalist" Seashore is a comprehensive, authoritative account of the natural history of the seashore.
 

BMLSS General Guides
BMLSS Advanced Guides

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JOURNALS:
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WEB SITES

Decision-making in Marine Mammal 
Rescue and Rehabilitation

Eastern English Channel Habitat Atlas for Marine Resource Management
is available for download from
http://charm.canterbury.ac.uk/atlas/pge.htm
 

Encyclopaedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/index.html?item=about

Marine Fauna of Norway
http://www.seawater.no/fauna/e_index.htm


WET THUMB (Marine Aquariology)
EFORUM PAGE

BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)


SOCIETY INFORMATION
 
The British Marine Life Study Society are responsible for producing the journal GLAUCUS, which is the first publication exploring the marine life of the seas surrounding the British Isles available to the general public. In future, I expect the publication to be in an electronic format. 
    We also publish the SHOREWATCH Newsletter and
    the TORPEDO Electronic News Bulletin.

    The Glaucus 2002 CD-ROM was sent out to Premier BMLSS members in January 2003.


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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton
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Boar Fish, Capros aperLen NevellMarc AbrahamJohn KnightUrchin fossil (out of scale) dating the pebbles at 85 million years oldMermaid's PursesPeter Talbot-ElsdenCharlie DimmickAndy HortonSamanthaThe crab was called Rooney because of its missing leg. Nobody asked about the brain cells of a crab?