TORPEDO

Marine Life News Bulletin

May 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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3 March - May 2008 onwards

Bearded Seal (Photograph by Rob Baxter)
A Bearded Seal, Erignathus barbatus, was spotted at Loch na Keal on the Isle of Mull, a large island in the Inner Hebrides, western Scotland. The healthy seal had hauled itself up on to some dry rocks when it was first seen. Subsequently, it has been unpredictable in its movements. 
The Bearded Seal was first seen by David Woodhouse (Mull Wildlife Expeditions) on 3 March 2008.
Photograph by Rob Baxter
Report by David Sexton (RSPB, Mull)
BMLSS Bearded Seals

11 May 2008
A female Deep-water Red Crab, Chaceon (=Geryon) affinis, was captured in deep water (300 metres) off the west off the Orkney Isles, north of Scotland. It survived a number of days in a boats vivier tank before being transferred to an aquarium. 

Red Crab (Photograph by Alan Jackson)

The Orkney fishermen call them "Red Crab" but they are not common.
 

ID by Richard Lord (Guernsey)
Sealord Photography

This geryonid crab Chaceon affinis has been widely reported from both the North & South Atlantic as well as the Indian Ocean in depths ranging from 410 to 2047 metres. In the NE Atlantic, it has been recorded from N & SW Iceland, W Norway, SW Rockall, Ymir Ridge, Wyville-Thompson Ridge, W of St Kilda & WNW Butt of Lewis (Scotland), and NW Skellig Islands (Ireland) at 160-193 metres. Significant quantities have been taken by deep-water crab potters off the west coast of Ireland.

Ref: Quigley, D.T.G., Flannery, K. & Holmes, J.M.C. (1994) First record of the crab Chaceon (=Geryon) affinis from Irish waters. 
The Irish Naturalists' Journal 24(11): 460-461.
More Information & Photographs

8 -9 May 2008
Guernsey recreational fisherman Andy Marquis discovered the pulmonate slug Celtic Sea Slug, Onchidella celtica, at St. Martins Point, Guernsey. (I have been looking for them for a decade without success!) 

Photograph by Richard Lord (fully copyrighted)

The following day my wife and I found 278 individuals in the Fucus spiralis zone on the vertical face of a rocky outcrop. I submitted the record to Dr. Charles David of La Société Guernesiaise and the Guernsey Biological Records Centre and he provided further information of their occurrence in the Bailiwick of Guernsey: Moulin Huet Bay (south coast), the Gouliot Caves (Sark), and Burhou and the Chausey Islands. The ones I have seen have been much blacker. 

Sealord Photography


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


PICTURE GALLERY

Each month, at least one special marine image will be published from images sent to the BMLSS. This can be of the seashore, undersea world or any aspect of the marine natural world, especially the underwater life, but not restricted to life beneath the waves. Topical inclusions may be included instead of the most meritorious, and images will be limited to the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas, marine and seashore species and land and seascapes.
 

Anemone discovered under the remains of the West Pier, Brighton
Photograph by Glenn Dawkins

This sea anemone is believed to be one of the the two Sagartiogeton species found in British seas. 
Sagartiogeton undatus

There has always been an interesting marine life fauna amongst the supports of both the piers in Brighton, resembling rock substrate fauna of what boat owners would call fouling organisms, but also animals attracted to the rich food source of Mussels, including Lobsters. The depth of water under the West Pier at the lowest spring tides is about 8 foot (2.44 metres) at the pierhead where the ruins of the Rotunda gave attractive sea views.
  
 Diving the West Pier 

   
flickr
BRITISH MARINE LIFE GALLERY

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Shore Topography Series

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 250K in size.

Boscastle Harbour entrance

The narrow entrance to the natural harbour at Boscastle 
on the North Cornwall coast, on a calm day
Photograph by Ennor (Barry)

Boscastle is a picturesque harbour and fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall facing the waves of the Atlantic. In the days of sailing ships, the narrow entrance in the photograph was negotiated by 200 - 300 ton schooners.

16 August 2004 
Boscastle Flood Disaster
After a thundery squall with 60 mm of rain falling in under two hours, the two valley rivers of Jordan and Valency turned into a terrifying torrent that swept away trees, houses and cars in the village of Boscastle.

Boscastle Information Page

flickr British Coastal Topography
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First enquiry by EMail to Glaucus@hotmail.com

New EMail address

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Photographers submitting pictures should indicate if they wish them to be considered for inclusion as confirming permission takes work and time and can delay publication of the news bulletins. 
 

Link to more marine life photographs

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

 



 

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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Membership 2008
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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton
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     28 May 2008

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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?