Marine Life News Bulletin

October 2015

 ISSN  1464-8156

Mediterranean Gull (Photograph by Jean-Paul Charteris)
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 the main news page for 2014
GATEWAY:  Further European Links
New EMail address
Link to the British Marine Life Study Society Facebook page
Courses (Marine Life)
Link to the Fishbase web pages
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
World Register of Marine Species
National Biodiversity Gateway
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
Link to Sealord Photography
Link to the Aphoto pages

Norwegian Marine***

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Scottish Association for Marine Science

Silver Dolphin Centre, Helston, Cornwall

Link to the Porcupine Society web pages

Marine Life Society
South Australia ***

De Strandwerkgemeenschap

Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Marine Wildlife Reserve
Link to Jim Anderson's Scottish Nudibranch (and other sea slugs) web pages

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
Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
How to obtain the book and review



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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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

19 October 2015
A fine xanthochromic 3-Bearded Rockling, Gaidropsarus vulgaris caught off the east Coast of Dublin BMLSS Rocklings
14 October 2015
A huge 12 metres long whale washed ashore dead in a smelly condition at Botany Bay, near Margate, Kent, was identified as a juvenile female Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus

4 October 2015
Several pods of Risso's Dolphins, Grampus griseus, were observed off the coast of Anglesey, north Wales, from the vantage points overlooking Bull Bay and from nearby Point Lynas. A sea trip by Dr Peter Evans discovered an unprecedented fifty plus of these dolphins, generally swimming westwards. Their main diet is squid and these dolphins are usually seen in small groups. 

BMLSS Cetacea
BMLSS Whales & Dolphins in British Seas

September 2015
Bren Whelan captured some rare video footage of a Basking Sharks, Cetorhinus maximus, jumping clear of water off Malin Head, Donegal. 

BMLSS Basking Sharks

September 2015

False Catshark
Scottish Tagging Programme Image

A deep water species of shark was caught in Scottish seas by scientist from Marine Scotland. The False Catshark sometimes known as a Sofa Shark, Psuedotrakias microdon, is the 72nd species of elasmobranch recorded from around Scotland. The 2 metre long 60 kg shark was caught close to the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. This bottom dwelling shark would be normally be expected to live at depths of 1000 metres or more. 

Scottish Shark Tagging Programme  facebook

22 September 2015
A huge Atlantic Halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, was caught in Andfjorden, north Norway, by Reed Marianne, which weighed in at 270 kg (595 lb). The report did not give the length but the photograph showed it to be over 3 metres in length. This may be a new record weight Halibut caught on rod and line. 

BMLSS Halibut
BMLSS Large Halibut File Notes


Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Mailing Groups

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean 
Yahoo Group
New Group:

British Marine Life Study Society
facebook Page:

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.

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


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

Northern Cowrie 
Photograph by Ann Bignall

 In the British Isles the local Trivia species (family Triviidae, species Trivia monacha and Trivia arctica) are usually called cowries.
True cowries are classified in the family Cypraeidae.

Trivia monacha
Photograph by Cynthia Trowbridge

Trivia about Trivia
British species of Trivia
Hydro Motion Video on Trivia

Two forms of Trivia which are recorded from Plymouth (Marine Biological Association, 1931) have hitherto been regarded as one species (Trivia europea), but recent researches (Peile, 1925; Pelseneer, 1932) have shown them to be distinct. Peile calls the two species Trivia monacha (Da Costa), with the spotted shell, and Trivia arctica (Montagu), with the unspotted shell. Pelseneer calls them respectively Cyprœa (Trivia) europœa L. and Cyprœa (Trivia) arctica Montagu. A closer investigation at Plymouth fully bears out the conclusion of the above-mentioned workers that there are two species and the fact, brought forward for the first time in the present paper, that the larvæ are also distinct makes the determination doubly sure.
MBA Reference (1933)

Trivia monacha Gallery
(by Morddyn)


109 collected in two hours on an Orkney beach 
Photograph by Jill Sutherland
Some people collect them and keep them in bottles. 

Penny Martin: They are called 'Groatie Buckies' here in Orkney and viewed as lucky if you find empty shells on beach ... We see them quite frequently when snorkelling and rockpooling. Some people collect them and keep them in bottles. 

Click on the images for the original photographs or links to more images


Shorewatch Biological Recording


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 1 Mb in size.

Rock and Sand at Marloes, Pembroke
Photograph by East Med Wanderer

Rockpooling on the Pembrokeshire Coast

Marloes Sands comprises four main geological groups - Skomer Volcanic, Coralliferous, Grey Sandstone and Old Red Sandstone. From the beach access point, heading south (left when facing out to sea), visitors will pass through each group in turn, until you reach the end of the bay (Old Red Sandstone).

Geology of Marloe Sands

Click on the images for the original photographs or links to more images

British Coastal Topography

British Coastal Topography

First enquiry by EMail to

New EMail address


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)



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 List
?  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.

0300 1234 999
0300 1234 999
0131 339 0111
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




The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline

This richly illustrated guide will become a steadfast companion for beach visitors wishing to identify what the sea washes up
By: Steve Trewhella (Author), Julie Hatcher (Author)


304 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations
Wild Nature Press

Fish Atlas of the Celtic Sea, North Sea, and Baltic Sea
Based on international research vessel data
Author: edited by Henk J.L. Heessen, Niels Daan, Jim R. EllisPrice: € 79,50
An in-depth reference work on marine fish, this is the first complete overview of all marine fish species found in the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and Celtic Sea. Whereas European research mainly focuses on species of commercial interest, this atlas documents current data of all Western European fish species caught in the period 1977 to 2013.




Encyclopaedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

Marine Fauna of Norway

WET THUMB (Marine Aquariology)

BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)

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.

EMail Address

New EMail addressEMail address for messages to the British Marine Life Study Society 


Membership 2015
Please join the facebook group for free. Formal membership of the Society has ceased.  Back copies of previous issues are still available. 

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