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13 June 2015
Adur World Oceans Day

Adur were one of the UK leaders in presenting the sixteenth environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. The British Marine Life Study Society presented the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) took an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham Beach. Wildlife writer Steve Savage presented the whale and dolphin exhibition. Exhibitors were available to find the time to answer questions about marine life.
Other participants included Southwick Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life

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27 June 2015

Hudsonian Whimbrel, Numenius hudsonicus, (left) and Eurasian Whimbrel (right) 
showing difference in underwing colour
Photograph by Jean-Paul Charteris

RSPB Pagham Nature Reserve

22 June 2015
A young 3.5 metre long Sowerby's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens, stranded alive at the Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The badly injured whale, which died shortly after stranding, had a fractured jaw and this would have prevented him from feeding, although otherwise he looked healthy. Sowerby's Beaked Whale is a rarely seen deep water species.

19 June 2015
A Bluemouth Rockfish, Helicolenus dactylopterus, was caught in a creel off the Outer Hebrides, western Scotland, whilst fishing for Nephrops prawn (Scampi)

This is a notable capture of a northern deep water small species of fish. BMLSS Bluemouth

16 June 2015

American Lobster
Marine Management Organisation Image

A small number of fishermen on the Sussex coast are reporting catches of non-native American Lobster, Homarus americanus, and Dungeness Crabs, Metacarcinus magister, in an area in the vicinity of Brighton on the Sussex coast.

Captures should be retained and it is illegal to return non-native species to the sea. Report finds to to IFCA or the MMO

Dungeness Crab
Photographs by George Sutton
on Fishing News  facebook

This crab was caught in nets off Brighton by George Sutton, who also caught an American Lobster on 19 June 2015.
BMLSS Lobsters

15 June 2015
A Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, was washed up dying on Severn Beach at the mouth of the River Seven where the Bristol Channel narrows. It was two metres in length, including the long bill. 

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June 2015
Thousands of jellyfish have been reported off the south-western and western coasts off Britain, notable off Dorset and Wales. By far the most noticeable have been the large Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus but also the huge stinging Lion's Mane Jellyfish, Cyanea capillata.

Barrel Jellyfish washed up at Sandbanks, Dorset
Photographs by Lisa Harris

The diameter of the bell in these jellyfish were up to 75 cm.
BMLSS Jellyfish

5 June 2015
An adult Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae, perished after becoming entangled in rope of the north-east coast of Scotland. A fisherman spotted the whale near the village of Helmsdale, but the rescue attempts were thwarted by stormy seas. On the plus side, there have been higher than normal sightings of Humpback Whales around the coast off Britain including one report from the Irish Sea off Liverpool. 

Seawatch Foundation Humpback Whale Sightings Reports

2 June 2015
A huge Halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, over two metres in length was captured on rod and line and released off the Lofoten Isles, Norway. 

28 May 2015
Humpback Whale
Risso's Dolphin

Report & Photographs by Paul Semmens

A Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was spotted between the Isles of Scilly and Land's End from the Scillonian III. This rare whale is rarely seen in British seas, occasionally spotted from ships and boats on the whale's travels from deep water off Iceland to off Africa. A Risso's Dolphin, Grampus griseus, was seen breaching off Mousehole, Cornwall. 

White-beaked Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris, was spotted swimming off the Needles, Isle of Wight. This is the first report from this area of sea of this dolphin although a pod has been reported from Lyme Bay fifty miles to the west. 

BMLSS Cetacea
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13 May 2015
A huge 59 kg (131 lbConger Eel, Conger conger, measuring 2.1 metres long was brought into Plymouth Fish Market having being caught in a trawl on open ground off the coast of south Devon. 

British Conger Club

28 April 2015

Killer Whales
Photographs by Vivian Clark
Shetland on Camera  facebook

A pod of four Killer Whales, Orca orcinus, were spotted off Bigga in Yell Sound, Shetland. Killer Whales are regular visitors to the seas around these northernmost British archipelago, north of the Scottish mainland, but it is not everybody who manages to see them. This sighting was newsworthy because of the presence of a male with a folded and limp fin (flopped towards the right), which should be erect and upright as in the second photograph. 
Update from Andy Foote on this individual: Vivian Clark and Filipa Samarra who leads the research on the Icelandic Killer Whales have been looking through photos from old encounters and based on the scarring pattern on the saddle patch and eye patch it looks likely that this is '13' in the Scotland ID catalogue. That also fits with the association between the flopped male and the group that '13' belonged to. He had a totally upright fin in 2010 and was first photographed with a flopped fin in 2012, so it seems to have happened over a relatively short time.

25 April 2015
A pair of Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis, spent two hours swimming around Weymouth Harbour for the appreciation of onlookers. Dolphins live off the Dorset coast and can be sometimes be seen from the shore, but it is only rarely will they follow boats into harbour. 

I also managed to take a video of Dolphins swimming under Weymouth bridge, Dorset. Louise Stevens posted original and has gone viral 34k views.....unbelievable
Posted by Stuart Stevens on Sunday, 26 April 2015
Sea Watch Foundation Cetacean Sighting Form
Video by Stuart Stevens
BMLSS Cetacea

19- 23 April 2015
A pod of three to five Killer Whales, Orca orcinus, were spotted in Pentland Firth, Orkney.


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