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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.
am Radio 5
Brevity on the Giant
Squid including the exhibition at the National
July 2002, I found a hyperiid amphipod with
the jellyfish Cyanea lamarcki,
which was captured off L'Ancresse beach on the north coast of Guernsey.
Palace Pier, Brighton, we saw two jellyfish
moving very slowly. They were very large we estimated them to be about
130 cm (4-5 feet) in a diameter, a large white dome, medusa with a dark
rim, with strange white panel type of things below and then short pale
blue tentacles. This is the species Rhizostoma
octopus. This species has been very common this year.
Selvey of Polzeath Voluntary Marine Wildlife Area,
has found those small 'green-eyed monsters' for which Paul
Gainey has been seeking as he would like to
photograph them. When she placed a large freshly dead Root-mouth
octopus in a vessel of seawater, from under it swam a few dozen
specimens of a small 12 mm amphipod crustacean called Hyperia
galba. They are always associated
with one or other of the species of jellyfish,
living under the shelter of the umbrella (often within the gonad cavities)
where they are sought by some species of fish. There
are only three records on the species database for Cornwall, the latest
being 1928 with a 'Plymouth area' record for 1953. Of course not
many people would look for them, but the influx of jellyfish represents
a good opportunity - so
please 'phone me on 01209
you find any and can keep them alive in a container in a cool place.
this size may be overestimated.
August 2002 a species of this jellyfish was
seen over deeper water at the Waldrons, off Littlehampton, Sussex.
Société Guernesiaise Sightings Web Pages
Société Guernesiaise Cetacean Section Report
many as 20 Long-finned Pilot Whales,
melas, are reported by Channel Television's
Nicky Bougourd and team off Fermain, on Guernsey's
south-east coast (Channel Islands, English Channel). The animals which
included juveniles were observed between 9:30 am and 10:30 am following
a tip-off from Deputy Harbour Master Tony
Pattimore who had spotted them on the Search
and Rescue CCTV. The result was some stunning film of these magnificent
creatures, which are believed to be possibly on migration as they are normally
seen in July, August or September. However sightings are confined
to 2-3 per annum and this one was exceptional due to the number of animals
observed. Nicky Bougourd
12 animals, around 6 metres in length. Some of them were smaller
juveniles. The pilot whales rested motionless at times, and then dived
down for periods. They were not feeding according to the crew. Their usual
diet is cephalopods, including squids.
was a smaller group also observed at 10:30 am for 20 minutes off St.Martin's
Point of about 6 animals together with some smaller dolphins by Ron
Wilton, Ellen Wood and family aboard the "Selika".
These could have well been part of the same group. The Herm
Travel Trident also observed the Pilot Whales
in the Little Russel, between St. Peter Port, Guernsey and the island of
Nicky Bougourd CTV, Ellen Wood, Tony Rive and Tony Pattimore.
report and excellent footage shown on "Channel Television" BBC Southwest.
seal, probably a Common (or Harbour) Seal,
vitulina, is spotted off Lancing beach
between the breakwaters at high tide by the Golden Sands Caravan Park.
It was mistaken for a dog at first which is often the case. Seals are a
rare sight off the mid Sussex coast, but a few have been seen off Shoreham
before. The nearest rookery is a small group of seals in Chichester harbour
which are occasionally seen around Kelsey (Seal Island).
Valley Nature Notes 2002
to five Minke
Whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
are seen between Mallaig and the Isle of Eigg (west Scotland) and one adult
whale was breaching one mile off the Isle of Rum. This Minke
was reported twisting during at least one of the twenty breaches, leaving
the water completely at times. A breaching Minke
Whale was seen in subsequent days north west
of the Garvellachs near Oban.
fishing about a mile ESE of Bournemouth pier, Dorset, we saw an Ocean
Sunfish swimming slowly with its dorsal
fin out of the water. We followed it and observed it for several minutes
whereupon it slowly dived and was lost to sight. The fish was approx.'
1.5 metres tall.
Gull capturing Pipefish
unusual sight on the Helford River, Cornwall, I was alerted by gulls
'working' in an area of the river to the east of Golden Gear and
stretching across the river to Trebah and as far down river as Boshan.
They were diving and catching fish,. Interested to see what they were feeding
on I stayed in the area and was able to see that they were catching
Pipefish. I counted at least 25 pipefish
caught by gulls, but there were many many more.
Altenberg saw a large Leatherback
Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea,
over 2 metres in length, six miles off Coverack, Cornwall. It was attacking
a large jellyfish, Rhizostoma
octopus, which it pushed to the surface and threw in
the air with a quick flick whilst grabbing a mouthful of 'jelly flesh'.
on dead Common
Seals, Phoca vitulina, found on
carcasses from the coast of Lincolnshire and Norfolk have confirmed they
died from the Phocine
Distemper Virus. The British outbreak
was confirmed by the RSPCA after five dead seals, including three pups,
were found around the Wash.
found four large stranded jellyfish on the beach at Marazion,
Cornwall. Perhaps this is common, but we were very impressed by their purple
colour, size and density; we think they were about 60-80 cm diameter. The
photograph showed a white jellyfish which was Rhizostoma
Report from the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.
a few largish Compass
Jellyfish, Chrysaora hysoscella,
around just now (15 cm diameter) seen close to my local pier (West Loch
Roag) - I saw six actively swimming ones in an area about 100 metres square.
interesting is the reported death and destruction wrought on Salmon farms
on the east coast of Lewis by small jellyfish clogging the salmon gills.
A fish farmer claims its a foreign species introduced by ballast water,
but I need to try and confirm this. Apparently they are 'solid down to
15 metres' so there must be a lot of them; allegedly the mortality is so
great that local facilities for disposal are overwhelmed and they have
to take them to Shetland for disposal!
the past five weeks during shore surveys on the west coast of Scotland,
two specimens of the Blue Jellyfish,
lamarcki were seen: in the Sound of Jura and near Loch Ewe in Wester
Ross. Both were under 10 cm in diameter and a vivid blue. Today, a report
reached me of a diver who was stung on the wrist off the island of Canna,
probably by this species, and spent two and a half painful days in hospital.
This species is much more unpleasant than the common reddish-brown
Mane Jellyfish, Cyanea capillata and
seems to be much less common.
pedunculatus, has been discovered by Paul
Parsons off the outfall pipe near Brooklands boating lake east Worthing,
West Sussex.. I (Andy Horton) have discovered this
sea anemone (that contains symbiotic
algae) on Worthing beach on one memorable occasion,
but at the moment this seems the most easterly discovery of this sea
anemone on the northern English Channel coast and shallow seas.
- 28 July 2002
Whale and Dolphin Watch Weekend
on "Marine Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group
saw several (at least 4) 'Root-mouth' Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus,
in the vicinity of August Rock bouy near the entrance to the Helford, Cornwall,
in the morning. All seemed to be swimming strongly in the direction of
Maenporth. Some were on the surface and then sunk as I approached and were
swimming some just over 3 metres (10 feet) below the surface.
large number of jellyfish
are washed up on the beach at Gwithian Towans nr Hayle, Cornwall. There
were three different types but have been unable to identify them. One was
clear with tentacles and ranged in size from small to very large (bigger
than a football), another was ball sized with tentacles and brownish colour
to the main body and the other type was fist sized, no long tentacles and
blue in colour.
best guesses are the following:
octopus (=R. pulmo)
Mane Jellyfish Cyanea capillata
Wind Sailor Velella
octopus, Root-mouth Jellyfish,
carefully counted, were on the shore at Polkerris near Par, Cornwall, with
50 in the shallows. About the same time 30 were on Par Beach.
were the top numbers beached, but elsewhere they were in up to ten on many
Cornish shores. Offshore they were in large shoals but less
easy to count. But more that one person said they are present this year
'in hundreds if not thousands'.
garzetta, have nested in Jersey, in the
Channel Islands, for the first time on record, with a minimum of nine young
in three nests, with a probable six nests in total. Jersey has over 150
birds around the coast during the winter months. Little Egrets only arrived
in Jersey just over 10 years ago.
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PAGE (LINK TO)
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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.
forum can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over
identification, concerns about environmental issues etc. This 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.
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names with correct spellings are important on this Smart Group
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to find all entries under the scientific name.
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)
am Radio 5
Brevity on the Giant
Squid including the exhibition at the National
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Seashore Safari & Beach Clean
Biological Association with PYPA21 and BTCV
the wealth of marine life that lives on your doorstep at Batten Bay, near
NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY
-22 September 2002
Autumn field trip of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society is this
year being held at Rhoscolyn, based at the Outdoor Alternative field centre,
which is providing laboratory space and has self catering accommodation
steep shore - 15 minutes away
rock and sandy shore - 5 minutes away
Inland Sea with a variety of habitats - 10 minute drive
diving - pinnacles just offshore from Rhoscolyn (excellent)
diving - 15 minutes drive.
Alternative can be found at Rhoscolyn village at the southern end of Holy
Island, Anglesey, North Wales. Check out the web site at
diving boat has been booked for the weekend, all diving is weather dependent
(especially exposed to NW, W and SW).
has been reserved already, please contact Paul
Brazier to confirm a place at the centre or for further information
about local accommodation by 31 August 2002.
contact Paul Brazier to register your interest on:
01248 600963 (eve) or e-mail P.Brazier@ccw.gov.uk
Annual EEA (European Elasmobranch Association) meeting
6th September to Sunday 8th September 2002
Shark and Ray
Trust is hosting an exciting weekend of slide presentations, many
by top international and British shark and ray experts. For your
interest, please see the presenter and poster list below.
weekend will be of particular interest to all those involved in marine
research and fisheries - as well as all ardent elasmobranch enthusiasts!
You are welcome to come for a day or the whole weekend.
6th Annual EEA (European Elasmobranch Association) meeting will take place
in the stunning National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff
from the evening of Friday 6th September to
Sunday 8th September 2002.
help our planning please send us your booking forms as soon as possible.
Forms can be printed off the EEA section on our website (http://www.sharktrust.org)
and must be sent with visa details or a sterling cheque to: Shark Trust,
National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 OLF, UK.
your information, places and accommodation are limited – so we advise you
to book now to avoid disappointment!
of all the Presentations
Buckland Foundation Lecture
Conservation and the Design of Fishing Gear
Dr Dick Ferro
of Fishing Technology Group, The Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen
the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
National Marine Aquarium
Plymouth PL4 0LF
(+44)01752 275216/01752 600301
26 October 2002
Conservation Society Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Museum,
on Saturday 26th October 2002.
Whether you are a marine life 'expert' or simply interested in finding
out more about life in our seas - this conference is for you.
marine life matters will be discussed, and ideas on protecting our seas
put forward. What new species are being grown in fish farms today? How
will climate change affect our marine life? How can individuals make a
difference to conserving fish stocks? Why do turtles visit UK seas? These
questions will be covered in the programme of eminent speakers.
booking is essential, and tickets are available from the Marine Conservation
Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5BU. A full programme will
be available at http://www.mcsuk.org.
The day rate of £35.25 includes refreshments and lunch.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's national charity for
protection of the marine environment and its wildlife. Since its
in 1983, MCS has become a recognised authority on marine and
conservation and is regularly consulted by Government for its views
a range of marine issues. MCS provides information and guidance on many
of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide, as
as promoting public participation in volunteer projects and surveys
as Adopt-a-Beach, Seasearch and Basking Shark Watch. For more
more information please contact:
Conservation Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire,
5BU Tel: 01989 566017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
information: Richard Harrington, Tel: 01989 561585 Email: email@example.com
our website at http://www.mcsuk.org
Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK Charity dedicated to the protection
of the marine environment and its wildlife.
Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory,
Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA
Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300
For more details/how to find SAMS
see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk
Unless otherwise stated, seminars are
held on Fridays at 4:15 pm
in the SAMS Conference Room
** Followed by the Friday R&R **
of sea lice medicines to non-target marine copepods.
otoliths – a mine of information?
Life Talks 2002
life of SE England - Lisa Browning
the dog whelk - Simon Bray
tales - Peter Henderson
welcome, entry by free ticket only. Children under 12 must be
by a responsible adult. Please send s.a.e. to:
Daphne Woods at SOES, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14
the DATE, TITLE of the TALK, and NUMBER of tickets required. Entrance to
Southampton Oceanography Centre is through Dock Gate 4, please ask for
a map if required. Free parking on site, wheelchair access and facilities
for those with disabilities.
further information contact Daphne on 023 8059 5075 or
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. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to
reduce the size of this file.
Life of Rock Pools (Video)
Life of Low tide (Video)
secret life of low tide" was filmed over 3 years for the Purbeck Marine
Wildlife Reserve, the Marine Conservation Society and the WildlifeTrusts.
video is an information packed guide to rockpooling,
giving details on how to find the intertidal marine life.
by marine biologist, Julie Hatcher,
this production is an essential guide for anyone interested in life on
our shores. With over 50 marine animals and seaweeds this is a very informative
for the younger viewer by Andy Horton
NOW AVAILABLE WITH
DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING
by C. Howson and B. Picton
Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
£27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an
ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically
according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography.
The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful
on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up
a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification
available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for
professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities
for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
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.
raft of Moon Jellyfish
by Alisdair Gurney
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.
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