TORPEDO

Marine Life News Bulletin

November 2012

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
Marine Life News 2012
LINKS
GATEWAY:  Links
GATEWAY:  Further European Links
New EMail address
Link to the British Marine Life Study Society Facebook page
BIOMAR
BRITISH MARINE LIFE ORGANISATIONS
Courses (Marine Life)
Link to the Fishbase web pages
MARIS
Marine Information Service
Netherlands
MARLIN
(Marine Life Information Network)
World Register of Marine Species
National Biodiversity Gateway
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
Link to Ray Dennis's Cornish Marine Life Reports for 2009
Link to Sealord Photography
Link to the Aphoto pages

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

 Purbeck 
Marine Wildlife Reserve
Link to Jim Anderson's Scottish Nudibranch (and other sea slugs) web pages
FOR THE YOUNGER
AGE GROUP

7-14 years
Oakley Intertidal 
on facebook
Fish & Sharks of the 
NE Atlantic
New Photographic Gallery 
on flickr
Link to the Sealife Survey on facebook (Marine Biological Assoc. of the Uk.)
Link to Coastal Topography on flickr

 
 
 
 

 

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


21 & 23 November 2012
Strandings of the Sunfish, Mola mola, are always less frequent on the North Sea coasts than off the south and west coasts for this oceanic pelagic traveller. However I have received reports from both Old Hunstanton on the west coast of The Wash and from Sandilands beach in Lincolnshire. 

Sunfish (Photograph by Matt Hyde)


"I was out walking the dogs late morning yesterday on Sandilands beach in Lincolnshire, which is about 5 miles south of Mablethorpe and 13 miles north of Skegness. It was a wet day and there was a high tide and the sea was choppy with the wind coming from the south east.  Jimmy enjoys searching for fish in shallow water but I think even he got a shock when he came across such a large fish.  It is 28 inches in length, 18 inches deep at the widest point and exactly three feet from dorsal fin tip to lower fin tip.  I estimate that it weighs about 5/6 stone.  The fish which I later identified as a Mola mola (Sunfish) appeared to be newly dead.  The pictures show that it has a couple of cuts on its body.  I have never seen one before and I understand that it is rare to find these fish in the North Sea."
 

Report, Photograph and Quote by Matt Hyde
November 2012
An incredibly rare all white Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae, spotted by engineer Dan Fisher off the coast of Norway on a boat trip to Svalbard in the Arctic north. He climbed the mast to take some photographs of the white whale amongst a pod of the normal grey whales. This rare event has only ever been seen in one adult Humpback Whale before


30 October 2012
A silvery sea bream (Sparidae) called a Bogue, Boops boops, was caught off Penlee Point, south Cornwall  (near Plymouth). 
This warm water fish is rarely seen in British seas reaching its most northerly point of distribution in the English Channel where this schooling fish appears as a vagrant.


27 October 2012

Shale Cliffs at Rope Head Lake, Purbeck
with the baleen whale (inset)
Photograph by Dom Greves

A large baleen whale was spotted by Ilay Cooper, (author of Purbeck Revealed), at Rope Lake Head, Purbeck, Dorset, beneath the vertical shale cliffs. He discovered the 13.6 metre (44.6 ft) long carcass whilst walking along the shore at low tide. Its inaccessible location and the position of its head and blowhole made it difficult to identify. Dorset Wildlife Trustís marine conservation officer, Emma Rance, believed it could be a juvenile Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus, which would be a first discovered on a Dorset shore. 

More Images by Steve Trewhella (Link)
BMLSS Cetacea

27 September 2012
A Boar Fish (or Zulu Fish), Capros aper, was discovered by Nigel Mortimer washed up dead on the shore at Salcombe, south Devon.


BMLSS Capros aper


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

Link to the British Marine Life Study Society Facebook pageBritish Marine Life Study Society
facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/glaucus/

This Wall is now working properly and members can now post on it. This is designed for quick less important chatty news items. Photographs can be uploaded quickly which is only possible on the Yahoo Group by going to the web page. 

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

Wet Thumb (Marine Aquariology) Forum Link
 
 
 
Lots of marine wildlife reports from Shetland on facebook
Photographs include undersea, sea mammals and birds. 
Click on the image to connect


 
 

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

Cornish Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2009


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.
 
 

In search of the Blue Dahlia


Links to a different sea anemone (same species)

Dahlia Anemones
Urticina felina

Photographs by Anne Bignall

on Snorkel Orkney  facebook
 NE Atlantic Cnidaria   facebook

Dahlia Anemones are found in a beautiful array of colours, typically crimson and cream, but I have discovered completely green ones, but I am still looking for a blue specimen. 

Marlin extract (revised): A large anemone (base up to 15 cm diameter) with up to 160 short (up to 2 cm), stout tentacles arranged in multiples of ten. Individuals from offshore tend to be larger. The coloration is very variable, ranging through white, yellow, orange, red, green, grey, purple and brown being either plain or more commonly in some combination. Perhaps most commonly with a red column blotched with green/grey and a prominent pattern of red lines amongst the tentacle bases. The tentacles are usually banded but may be plain. There are numerous grey warts on the column to which gravel and shell fragments stick. When the tentacles are fully retracted, the body of the anemones may be almost obscured by these adherent particles.

Google Image Search for Urticina felina

This anemone is a cold water species found on the shore and in shallow water all around the British Isles. Off Sussex they tend to be found below the low tide limit in the summer with a few being found on the shore in the colder months. In aquaria this anemone is rapidly intolerant of sea water exceeding 22° C.

BMLSS Sea Anemones
 
 

Click on the images for the original photographs
 

flickr
BRITISH MARINE LIFE GALLERY

Shorewatch Biological Recording
Gallery
 
 

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Shore Topography Series

The name of the particular coast should be included and any other interesting information including 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 350K in size.

Seawater Lagoon, Solent , Hampshire
Photograph by Paul Willis

A shingle spit has created a new lagoon in 2006 on the Solent shore to the west of Stubbington, Hampshire, at the entrance to Southampton Water (east side). At the time of writing I have been unable to discover if the lagoon is still there. In this fluctuating seashore habitat, it may inundated on the high tides and resemble an upper shore pool for the life it can support. The National Nature Reserve of Titchfield Haven is located to the east.  This is coastal area is of interest to botanists interested in seashore sedges etc. 
 

Paul Willis Photostream with coastal topographical studies
 
 

Click on the images for the original photographs

flick
British Coastal Topography

facebook
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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)

 



 
EVENTS & 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.



 
 



 
Link to the Porcupine Society web pages
For details of the Porcupine Marine Nature History Society meetings click on the link on the left



 

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.

ENGLAND
WALES
SCOTLAND
0300 1234 999
0300 1234 999
0131 339 0111
CORNWALL
JERSEY
GUERNSEY
0845 201 2626
01534 724331
00 44 1481 257261

Would you know what to do if you found a whale stranded on a beach?

Each year anywhere between five and 50 whales, dolphins and porpoises are washed up on Britain's beaches.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a volunteer charity, was set up in 1998 to rescue them.

BBC News Report

01825  765546

LINK TO THE STRANDINGS PAGE


 
 
 PUBLICATIONS & WEB PAGES

BOOKS

PUBLICATIONS

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NEW RECOMMENDED GUIDE

Series: Collins Complete Guide
Collins Complete Guide to British Coastal Wildlife
Paul Sterry and Andrew Cleave
384 pages, approximately 1600 colour photos
Harper Collins

List price is £17.99   Offers available
 

This comprehensive guide contains all the information for the the beginner seashore enthusiast and plenty for the experienced rockpooler, snorkeller and seashore visitor to make it an essential and first or second choice purchase.

A full review will appear in the November issue of Torpedo

Popular Guide Books (Link)

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This is a book about an ocean that vanished six million years ago: the ocean of Tethys, named after a Greek sea nymph.  The oceans are important to climate and environment, and therefore to life on Earth. The story of Tethys is also a story of extinctions, and floods, and extraordinary episodes such as the virtual drying up of the Mediterranean, before being filled again by a dramatic cascade of water over the straits of Gibraltar. 

Dorrik Stow
300 pages, 15 b/w illustrations and maps.
Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 9780199214297
 
 

A Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Wales and Adjacent Waters

by Paul Kay & Frances Dipper 
£19.95 incl. p&p
Soft cover

With 256 pages and numerous photographs supported by drawings, this book is the most comprehensive photographic guide to marine fish currently available in the UK. Published for the Marine Conservation Society with support from the Countryside Council for Wales. 

Click on the image to order this book through the Marine Conservation Society

RECOMMENDED PURCHASE *****

July 2010

PS: A second revised edition of the book has been published. 

SEASHORE SAFARIS
 
 
 

Publisher: Graffeg
Publisher's Review (click on this text)
Review by the City and County of Swansea

This is the book I should have written (and I dare say a few others as well) and is a much needed introduction to the world of the seashore and the hobby of rockpooling. It is a photographic guide to most of the common species encountered which is much appreciated as newcomers and even experienced rockpoolers will try and match up what they have seen to a visual image (and photographs work better than line drawings) and this will usually get them the correct species, (unless there are two very alike species and then you will need a specialist identification guide like the Collins Guide to the Seashore).

However, the seashore is a rich and interesting habitat with a myriad of species and 225 pages of this large pocket guide are comprehensively covered to suit the enthusiast.

Extract from the foreword by Keith Hiscock:
"Being able to names to what you see and, better still, to use your observations to add to our knowledge about the natural world is what this book is about."

But the book for a popular audience is more than this. It starts from the assumption that the parents and teachers and older children are unfamiliar with the seashore environment.

RECOMMENDED PURCHASE *****

by Andy Horton (August 2010)
 

Oakley Intertidal on Facebook

BMLSS Guide Books

June 2009


My larger shrimp net, the same design that appeared on River Walks

The Edible Seashore (River Cottage Handbook No. 5)
by John Wright was published

Not just a cookery book: you have to go down to the shore and catch or collect the food yourself. The 240 page hardback book (with an index) is exceptionally well produced in quality of the binding, paper as well as the quality of writing, information and clear useful colour photographs. It is well organised into nine chapters:
 
 

Conclusion: Highly recommended, essential purchase ***** (highest five star rating).

BMLSS Shrimping
 

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Marine Fisheries Science Yearbook  2010

Publisher:  defra

Click on this text


Sharks in British Seas

Richard Peirce
138 pages, colour illustrations, line drawings, colour & b/w photos.
Lots of newspaper reports.

Publisher:  Shark Cornwall
Softcover | 2008 | £9.99

ISBN: 978-0-955869402 
 


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 the European Atlantic
The Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea and coastal SW Ireland
by Dylan Walker and Graeme Cresswell
with the illustrations by Robert Still
WILDGuides  2008
£ 12.00 (includes standard UK P&P)
ISBN:  978-1-903657-31-7

This is the second fully revised and updated edition of this comprehensive guide to the identification of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) in the European Atlantic. Until very recently, most researchers and whale-watchers were unaware of the great variety of cetaceans that can be seen so close to the shores of western Europe. Indeed, it is only during the last decade, when detailed cetacean surveys have been carried out in earnest, that we have discovered how important this area is for cetacean biodiversity.

This field guide describes all of the 31 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise that have occurred in the European Atlantic.
 

BMLSS Cetacean Book Reviews

 
 
 
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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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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EMail Address
 

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Membership 2012
Plans have not yet been finalised for the publications and subscriptions for year 2011. Back copies of previous issues are still available. 
 


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