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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.
Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, seen chasing a shoal of Mackerel
one mile off St. Martin's Point, Guernsey, during the evening. Calves were
present and sounds were heard. Observers even managed to touch one or two
of the dolphins. Some estimates said there were 30 pods of about 10 dolphins
in each pod, so could be as many as 300.
buddy counted 31 Triggerfish, Balistes
capriscus, in the group I was photographing at a dive site called Stack
Rocks, near Littlehaven, SW Wales and another pair of divers counted over
50 on a different part of the reef. Each year the Triggerfish gather around
these reefs and stay for about a month
moving off.Report byPaul
Crab, Planes minutus and Goose Barnacles,
anatifera, are washed ashore on the Belgian coast. These crabs are
rarely recorded pelagic life with British records only from the extreme
west coasts, with the only Cornish records of the crab coming from the
19th century. The stalked barnacles are washed up every year but are much
commoner off the western coasts,
minutus is also called the Gulf-weed Crab
because the largest population of this abundant crab is believed to inhabit
the open Atlantic Ocean area known as the Sargasso Sea. These crabs are
also found on the east coast of America. This crab is also known as an
epibiont of the Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta
new series on BBC ONE
Wednesday, September 12 at 9.00 pm
by David Attenborough
the BBC Natural History Unit, The Blue Planet is the definitive exploration
of the Earth's final frontier - from the deep to the shore, from pole to
pole. The eight 50 minute programmes will transport you around the globe
revealing extraordinary life and behaviour that has never before been filmed.
In some cases these have only recently been known to scientists.
1 - Introduction
planet is a blue planet," says David Attenborough.
70 per cent of it is covered by the sea and the Pacific Ocean alone covers
half the globe." The oceans dominate the world's weather systems, and support
an enormous variety of life, from the largest animal that has ever lived
on Earth, the blue whale, to the tiniest plankton."
Blue Planet Page
Programmes in the series (BBC)
metres long Northern Bottle-nosed
Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus, was discovered washed dead by
a a local fish farm employee on the shore near Secastle Bay on the Isle
of Mull side of the Sound of Mull off the west coast of Scotland. The post-mortem
revealed that the stomach was full of squid beaks.
List (NE Atlantic)
Marine Mammals in the Atlantic Margin
Report on the Sea Slug Forum
remarkable explosion of the nudibranch (sea slug) Geitodoris
planata has occurred in the Oosterschelde Bay, in the southwest
of the Netherlands. The first specimen recorded from the Netherlands was
found in June 1999. By July 2001 it is not unusual to find more than 30
adult specimen and over 70 egg ribbons on a single dive. Furthermore they
are all of a extraordinary size of up to 12 cm. in length. Bernard
Picton reports 65 mm. as a maximum size!.
They are only found in this single bay and nowhere else at the Dutch coast.
This species will not be listed in popular books and is not even to be
found in specialised synopses.
planata is often confused with the Sea
Lemon, Archidoris pseudoargus.
Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, is seen from the Fair Isle
(the small island between the Orkneys and the Shetland Isles), blowing
and fluking, with 12 White-beaked Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus albirostris.
Whales are reported in the seas just south of the Shetlands every summer.
Cetacean Page including
a Humpback in Cornwall
Whales (Shetland Isles) 2000
are also being brought in by fishermen in a variety of pots and fishing
methods from around the Channel Islands
as is usual at this time of the year.
Triggerfish Database file
Balistes capriscus, is discovered in the sea to the north of the island
Muck (Sound of Eigg) off the west coast of Scotland (north of Ardnamurchan,
south of Rum, south of Skye). This fish was reported by skipper Andy
Tibbets, seen by a diver on Godag Reef at
a depth of 20 metres. This was the first one he has ever caught this far
north, although another one was reported from the same area a few years
Seal, Phoca hispida, was discovered at Cullivoe (Yell) in the
Shetland Isles. It is only the second record for Shetland of this Arctic
species. The only other definite record was one shot on Whalsay in 1968
(Berry & Johnston 1980). This species looks similar to the Common Seal,
vitulina, and has probably been overlooked before, although they are
still rare in British seas. Their main distribution areas are the
Arctic coasts of Europe, the USSR, Canada and Alaska, including Nova Zemlya,
Spitsbergen, Greenland and Baffin Island. The Baltic population is the
subspecies Phoca hispida botnica.
angler caught a Common Sea Bream, Pagrus
pagrus (=Sparus), out of Hayling Island. It is only called common
because it is common in the Mediterranean Sea and south of the British
was previously rare in the English Channel and unknown any further north.
However, in the last two years a shoal of juveniles have been discovered
in a Cornish bay and large numbers have been caught around the Channel
islands. This is the first record received of a fish as far east as off
British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent
reference on the CD-ROM.
Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:
cannot be accessed directly through this domain.
URL access was faulty during the last month, but it has now been restored.
send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
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
Conference Calendar for Zoology
Link of all biological conferences around the world)
deep coral reefs
on our doorstep
Williams & Jenny Mallinson
past and present
of inner space
For more information, contact:
Tel: 023 80 596299
to Southampton Oceanography Centre
of Ocean and Earth Science
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus
by Nicolas Jouault
Sea Watch Foundation is the only charity in Britain dedicated to monitoring
the status and distribution of cetaceans in British and Irish waters in
order to obtain information vital to their future survival.
extensive programme of specialised survey work is enhanced by a unique
sightings network of volunteer observers throughout the UK which provides
data essential not only for basic research, but also for evidence crucial
in the conservation and protection of these marine animals.
work leading to the formation of the Sea Watch Foundation began back in
1973 with zoologist Dr Peter Evans. Realising just how little was
known about cetaceans in British and Irish waters, Dr Evans developed a
network of volunteer observers - the Cetacean Group - with backing from
the Mammal Society.
Whale & Dolphin Group web pages
Islands (Marine Mammals)
on the Dolphin links to a BMLSS Cetacean
web page on the Internet for links to dolphin watching sites in the
NE Atlantic Ocean and around the British Isles as well links for lots of
whale and dolphin reports.
Whale watching information was included in previous issues of Torpedo,
but the bulletin has now been streamlined to avoid repetition.
of the Page
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Environment and Planning
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
the NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
PAGE (LINK TO)
|Forum for discussion
about the marine life of the North-east Atlantic Ocean, including the
North Sea, English Channel and all the seas around the British Isles including
Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France,
Spain and Portugal.
page can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over
identification, concerns about environmental issues etc.
eForum is participated in by members of many groups studying the marine
environment. Go to menu bar above and click on Database and then on Marine
Life Organisations to find a list of web sites.
and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document Vault and should not
exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).
THE DISCUSSION GROUP ABOUT MARINE FISHKEEPING
ON THE LINK IN THE ABOVE BOX AND JOIN
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Smart Groups (selected)
Photographic Guide to the
Sea & Shore Life
of Britain & North-west Europe
(Oxford University Press 2001)
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ON THE IMAGE FOR THE OFFICIAL BBC BLUE PLANET WEB SITE
Byaft, Alastair Fothergill and Martha Holmes
by Sir David Attenborough
Date: 27th September 2001
planet is a blue planet, over 70% of it is covered by the sea and yet,
is known about the world's oceans than is known about the moon.
book is published to accompany a major new landmark television series from
the BBC Natural History Unit, (which has taken 5 years to film), The Blue
Planet provides a definitive guide to this final frontier.
Wildlife September 2000
a Special "Blue Planet" 32 page full size supplement.
whole issue is virtually dedicated to the marine world but the main 100
page magazine virtually full up with articles about life beneath the oceans
and a very long way down in the ocean depths, the
last and largest uncharted habitat on Earth. There
are photographs of some really strange critters of the depths and the microscopic
animals that comprise the surface plankton.
in all major UK newsagents.
BBC1 television series "Blue Planet" begins on Wednesday
19 September 2001 at 9:00 pm.
are several books in conjunction with the series, designed for the younger
enthusiast or popular reader:
2001 Volume 48 No. 4
Stewart M Evans, Judy Foster-Smith and Rachel Welch
Marine Laboratory, Newcastle University)
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
Wildlife News 2001
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
is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin.
It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore.
of the Eelpout
or Viviparous Blenny
Richards (Isle of Wight)
a specimen caught in pools on the Orkney Isles
Eelpout is an Arctic fish found in shallow seas, but absent from the English
Channel and rarely found south of the Yorkshire coast on the east coast
to Rock Pool Fish Index
general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of the
shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant fauna,
and information that cannot be described adequately by words on the Report
name of the particular coast should be included and 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 100K in size.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC
On-line Internet Guide.
are more entries on the GATEWAY pages of the BMLSS
Web Site and on the Torpedo File on the
web site (click on this text).
SPONSORS ARE INVITED
FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2001
SITE PAGE LINKS
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2000 issue of Glaucus with 48 information
filled pages has been sent out to members.
to Torpedo who wish to receive the written material on paper in the journal
and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application
new Premier Membership for the year 2000 also entitles the member to the
Official BMLSS CD-ROM, which will contain the BMLSS web pages
and more information about marine life, together with a selection of other
exclusive marine life information, electronic back copies of BMLSS publications,
and the full version of TORPEDO
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the other BMLSS Electronic Information Services. The CD-ROM
will also contain useful shareware and freeware programs, and should be
at least as good value as a computer magazine CD-ROM for the second aspect
of the BMLSS is funded by entirely by member's subscriptions and we do
not receive any grants.
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