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.
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, that
visited Maryport Harbour, north-west
England, was finally released into the open sea. A team led by British
Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) successfully captured the animal,
assisted with a veterinary examination and then released the animal offshore,
where it was joined by two other dolphins of the same species, before strongly
swimming off to safety.
Cetacean Reports 2006
had washed up dead on the beach
west of Grand Avenue Worthing West Sussex, and the fish was beginning to
smell a bit.
are a southern warm water fish that reach their most northerly point of
distribution in the English Channel and some of the fish may die of cold
during the winter months.
Life Reports (Sussex)
of dead specimens of the Common Starfish,
rubens, were washed up on the beach about a mile and a half to
the north of Tywyn
(north of Aberystwyth)
on the Cardigan Bay coast of north-west Wales.
There seem to be various interpretations of these mass strandings, including
winter storms and changes in water temperature.
Fish, Capros aper,
is washed up alive on at Branksome Chine,
Dorset (near Bournemouth). It was thrown back in the sea but it may get
washed up again.
attractive deep water fish is very occasionally washed up alive or found
in rock pools and very occasionally caught by
Although very tricky to keep and only recommended for advanced
marine aquarists' these fish make fascinating aquarium fish.
Thumb (Marine Aquarium Study)
three metres long White-beaked
Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris,
was washed up dead on the north Scotland mainland
coast, Caithness. It appeared as though it was a fishing capture and it
had been gutted to make it sink. Pods
of forty or so of these dolphins have been seen before off the Scottish
& Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
metres long Basking Shark, Cetorhinus
maximus, was spotted by the Amethyst
fishing vessel heading in the direction of the Lizard off the south-west
of Cornwall. This appears to be the a very
early winter sighting and the first of the year.
four tonne 5.8
metres long immature female Northern
ampullatus, swam up to central London
and was seen as far upstream as Lambeth
Bridge, Westminster, (within sight of the Houses of Parliament). Three
adult whales were spotted east of the Thames Barrier the day before and
at 8:30 am a
man on a train spotted a whale in the Thames out of the train window. Rescue
attempts by British Divers
Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the authorities are being directed to
persuading the whale to reverse direction and swim back out to sea and
to avoid any further collisions with boats. This is the first time a whale
had been seen so far upstream since records began in 1913.
the second day,
the whale looked in a poor condition and showed no sign of returning to
the open sea. A decision was taken (by
the BDLMR and authorities) to make an improvised
crane the whale on to it and tow the unfortunate sea mammal back out to
the Thames estuary. The prognosis was poor. The
whale died at 7:00
Report & Chronology
notes at London Bridge: High: 6 metres, Low: 1.3 metres (low about midday)
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Cetacean Reports 2006
four egg cases of the endangered
were discovered on the Sandside shore
near the Dounreay
nuclear power plant, Caithness, west of Thurso and Scrabster
Harbour and John
o'Groats on the northernmost coast of mainland Scotland, the first
records reported to the Shark
Trust and the first records on the
mainland Scotland since these egg case occurrences have been recorded.
Gent and the
Cases of the Common Skate
egg cases measured between 23 to 28 cm long and 13 to 16 cm wide in a dried
state and the first seventeen were discovered in a 15 minute along the
the egg cases are placed in water they expand
Trust Eggcase Hunt
by Paula Gent with photographs
by Davey Benson
Capsules of Rays & Sharks (Link to the Web Pages)
bright orange Red Band Fish,
rubescens, was discovered alive but
in a moribund state in a rockpool on the shore
of Pevensey Bay in East Sussex. This fish is rarely recorded as it lives
in burrows in the sea bed offshore. This is one fish that has been discovered
more often since we have been recording its occurrence and it seems quite
widespread around the coasts of the British Isles.
by John Cook
growths of an invasive species of a didemnid ascidian (sea squirt) called
may* have reached
the east coast of Ireland. It appears that large gelatinous growths
of a didemnid are appearing practically all around the world and have now
cropped up off the north European coasts as well as New Zealand and large
parts of the United States of America. These colonial tunicates are regarded
as a nuisance and one of many fouling organism species that attach to boat
hulls, fishing gear, harbour wharves etc.
Hole Science Center Information
Sides, from Duchas in Ireland says that one
of her tunicate taxonomic friends has found what appears to be a large
non-native Didemnum sp
growing prolifically in a marina on the Irish east coast. (*The
identification has not been confirmed yet.)
Pipefish, Entelerus aequoreus,
photographed at a depth of 25 metres in Scapa Flow in the Orkney Isles
near the wreck of the SMS Koln. There were three of these fish seen.
These pipefish have been caught by Puffins
instead of their normal food of Sand-eels.
The fish might be commoner this year, but more likely the Sand-eel
populations have collapsed causing starvation amongst the Puffin
- 30 January 2006
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friendly Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops
truncatus, visited Maryport
Harbour, Cumbria, on the Solway estuary in north-west England. Fishermen
say the dolphin, nicknamed Marra, has been following them off Workington
since summer and has always been on its own. Experts believe he may have
followed fishing boats into the harbour. It has stayed around in the harbour
for the month of January,
but although it is feeding, there are fears that there is insufficient
food of live fish in the harbour to sustain a large mammal.
tuberculata, with a minimum shell
length of 80 mm can be legally collected from the shores of Guernsey.
an Ormer of shell
length 11.75 cm on 18 October 2005
at La Valette on Guernsey's east coast - south of St. Peter Port. I wanted
to find out if this Ormer
was still under the same rock. I was not disappointed. This is the second
time I have found an Ormer
in the autumn which has remained under the same rock through to the New
Year. I did not collect it but hope it survives the Ormer
collecting season which continues during large spring tides until the end
Marine Life Reports 2005
Map now has a Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas
reports by Andy Horton unless the credits are given
other observers or reporters.
Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2004