MARINE LIFE NEWS        2007

Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the fauna and flora of the NE Atlantic Ocean

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19 March 2007
An adult male Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus acutus, was washed up and died on Baleshare beach, North Uist, in the Western Isles in Scotland. I have not seen this species of dolphin before. 

The Atlantic White-sided Dolphin is limited to the north of Scotland and the northern North Sea. 
BMLSS Cetacea

March 2007
A Deal Fish, Trachipterus arcticus, was captured by the Dingle-based trawler 'Rosses Fisher' fishing at a depth of only 50 metres off the Blasket Islands (SW Ireland). It the first recorded landing of one from the Dingle Bay area in over 35 years.

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14 March 2007
Although abundant in the seas around the north of the British Isles, the Saithe or Coley, Pollachius virens, are not regularly caught around Guernsey. Colin Help caught a Saithe on rod and line weighing 1332 grams off the breakwater of St. Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey.

12 March 2007
Commercial Guernsey fisherman Rick Ferbrache caught a 2466 gram Couch's Sea-Bream, Pagrus pagrus, off Guernsey's north-west coast in a mesh-ray net.

Pagrus pagrus (Photograph by Richard Lord)

Report & Photograph by Richard Lord (Guernsey)
BMLSS Couch's Bream

March 2007
Fishermen out of Shoreham Harbour (Sussex) continue to capture a handful of the Short-snouted Seahorses, Hippocampus hippocampus, in the nets on every trip out. They are all returned to the sea.
BMLSS Seahorses

28 February 2007
A huge European Oyster, Ostrea edulis,  described as the size of a dinner plate, has been found by a fisherman on the Isle of Wight. Mr Towill, who works for a local fishery said he had been looking for winkles and was amazed when he found the 1.4kg (3 lb) mollusc

24 February 2007
A dead Gannet, a dead Puffin, and other sea birds, together with miscellaneous cargo debris were discovered washed up on Shoreham Beach, West Sussex. These two sea birds are not usually washed ashore in Sussex in such a fresh condition. 
Puffin Gannet
Report and Photographs by Joe Williamson
BMLSS Beachcombing

11 February 2007

Photograph by Marion Moore
Thousands of Snake Pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus, were washed up dead and alive on the north-east coast of England after being blown in by easterly winds. I received an unprecedented eleven reports in one day.
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BMLSS Pipefish

4 February 2007
A 7.5 metres (TL) long Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, 2.3 tons gutted, was landed by a Dutch trawler in Denmark. The liver weighed 400 kg. 

Report by Kent Andersson

3 February 2007

It was a most extraordinary report of a Peacock Butterfly that Mark Lee rescued from a rock pool on the Welsh coast at Newgale in Pembrokeshire.

Report and Photograph by Helen Lee

31 January 2007
A commercial fisherman landed a rare Fan Mussel, Atrina fragilis, caught in 100 metres of water somewhere south-east of Sark (to the east of the Longue Bank) in the Channel Islands. 

Fishermen Lee Allen and Gary Cann caught a 95 kg (210 lb) Porbeagle Shark, Lamna nasus, in a net set for Bass over night in St Ouen's Bay (west coast of Jersey), half a mile off the beach. In the weeks previously several Bass had been bitten in half in their nets. The fish was sold for over £200. It is unusual for Porbeagle Sharks to be caught in the winter months, and and they are usually caught in the summer in the southern part of the English Channel.

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BMLSS Sharks
BMLSS Shark News

30 January 2007
A Killer Whale,Orcinus orca, was spotted in the Firth of Forth (Firth on the east coast of Scotland, north of Edinburgh) at first by maintenance workers on the Forth Rail Bridge. The Killer Whale was spotted feeding on the local seals. It was last seen off Hound Point (near Dalmeny) 2.5 km east of the Forth Rail Bridge. BMLSS Cetacea

27-28 January 2007
After the gales even more (at least seven over the weekend) reports of Snake Pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus, were received from the east coast of England from Northumberland to Essex. Some were washed up dead and others were returned to the sea alive.
BMLSS Pipefish

21 January 2007
The huge 276 metre long container vessel Napoli was deliberately grounded one mile off Branscombe Bay, Lyme Bay, Devon, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The ship contained 1650 tonnes of fuel oil plus diesel and some of this leaked over the following days causing an oil slick several kilometres long and fatally oiling at least 600 sea birds, mostly Guillemots in the first four days. 

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10 January 2007
I found a dead Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, after the tide had just turned the way down to Liniclate beach on the Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, western Scotland. Triggerfish are not so often found this far north. 

Report by Calum Campbell
BMLSS Triggerfish

8 January 2007
A Ray's Bream, Brama brama, was caught by professional fisherman Björn Österling, off south-west Sweden in a bottom net. It weighed 1.36 kg with a total length (including caudal fin) of 52 cm. 

Report by Kent Andersson
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