Marine Life News Bulletin

...November 2016

     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
News 2016
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


28 November 2016
The adult Olive Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea, was recovering at Anglesey Sea Zoo and is now feeding on oily Mackerel which are easy to digest. This was confirmed as the very first Olive Ridley Turtle recorded in British seas. 

27 November 2016
A large baleen whale, about 12 metres in length, was spotted struggling in very shallow water at Cross Beach, Killadoon, County Mayo, western Ireland The whale was effectively stranded but as the incoming tide rose, surfers from nearby managed to encourage it away from the beach and it eventually managed to swim away in a northerly direction. Photographs did not confirm which species it is but at this size it is likely to be either a Fin or Sei Whale. Unfortunately, the outlook for the mammal is poor as it is likely to be ill or injured when found so close to shore and there is a strong possibility that it will restrand in the coming days. 

12 November 2016
All the way from tropical seas, a large olive green adult Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys, was discovered in a moribund condition but still alive, on the sandy shore of the Menai Strait, at Tan-y-Foel very close to Anglesey Sea Zoo, north-west Wales. Undoubtedly suffering in the cool waters off north Wales, the turtle was warmed up and nursed by local vet and rehabilitated at Anglesey Sea Zoo. (At the time of writing it is not sure if the turtle was healthy enough to recover.)
""This individual is much larger than any other Kemp's Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, documented as stranding in the UK, previously we have always recorded juveniles here," said marine expert Rod Penrose, from the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme."

BMLSS Turtles

30 October 2016
Over forty Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, were spotted 12 miles south-east of Sumburgh Head, the southernmost headland of Shetland. Large fishing trawlers were also there and it was surmised that the Killer Whales were also after the Mackerel

12 October 2016
Have you have ever wondered why fish and other organisms end up in strange places? Most are doomed to perish as their new environment is alien, outside of the natural "ecological amplitude" for survival.  Some colonise their new habitats and some become pests and unwanted aliens.
There is very little chance of natural long term survival of these tropical fish and invertebrates that arrived in a moon pool (an open pool in the middle of the boat) on a ship in Stavenger, Norway, from the Gulf of Mexico

More Crustacean Images
by Vivian Husa on Crustacea of the NE Atlantic & NW Europe
(Gulf of Mexico to Norway)

Eksotisk økosystem på reisefot
Exotic Ecosystem Travelling (the Full Report)
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen


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. 

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, capturing a juvenile Grey Mullet, Chelon labrosus
at Spinnies Nature Reserve, Bangor, North Wales
Photograph by Steve Ransome

First year Grey Mullet, Chelon labrosus, visit southern estuaries in very tight shoals numbering from small groups of about fifty seen in late summer to huge shoals of fish over a million strong, each one about 25 to 30 mm long. Adults are usually more noticeable in the muddy shallows and the numbers of young Grey Mullet are highly variable in numbers. Such prolific prey are bound to to attract the attention of predators like the Grey Heron.  Sometimes the shoals can get trapped in lagoons as the tide recedes. 

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.

East Quantoxhead Beach, looking west towards Minehead, Somerset
Photograph by Rachel Hartland

Rocky shores are best for rockpooling and the southern and western coasts are the richest in variety. 
This hard to reach north-facing Somerset rocky shore, backed by high eroding cliffs of Lower Jurassic limestone that deposits large rocks on the limestone undercliff platform, including revealed fossils of ammonites, sea reptiles, ancient fish, molluscs and echinoderms. The waves pounding on the bedrock sculptures rock pools and there are large numbers of rocks and boulders for fish and crabs etc. to hide under. 

Quantoxhead SSSI Fossils

The tidal range at nearby Minehead (Bristol Channel) is a massive ten metres plus and low spring tides occur at dawn and dusk. Beware of being cut off by the tide. 

With Helwell Bay in the background, S & DJR 7F 2-8-0 No. 88 approaches Doniford working the 12:45 Minehead to Bishops Lydeard during the West Somerset Railways Mixed Traction Weekend event, on 9th June 2013.
Photograph & Notes by Neil Prior

The West Somerset Railway (Heritage) runs for 20 miles from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with views of the sea and beach (Helwell Bay) from Donifold Halt (request stop) to Watchet.

Click on the map for a larger image

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






Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist Library)
by Peter Hayward (Author)

The Marine World: A Natural History of Ocean Life

The Marine World

Includes sections on all but the most obscure marine groups, covering invertebrate phyla from sponges to sea squirts, as well as plants, fungi, bacteria, fish, reptiles, mammals and birds
Incorporates information on identification, distribution, structure, biology, ecology, classification and conservation of each group
by: Frances Dipper (Author), Marc Dando (Illustrator), Mark Carwardine (foreword)
544 pages, 1500+ colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Wild Nature Press

Click on the book pictures for more information

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

How to obtain the book and review




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 2016
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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      29 November 2016. Amended 1 December 2016 
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