MARINE WILDLIFE REPORTS 1989
Reports received of Marine Creatures sighted, stranded or landed during
A list compiled by Raymond Dennis
24th Jan Long Finned Pilot Whale (15') washed ashore dead
16th Jan Young Common dolphin washed ashore alive, Widemouth Bay Taken
to Gweek Sanctuary
19th Feb Dead dolphin washed ashore near Penlee Lifeboat Slipway.
20th Feb Large Common Dolphin, dead and badly mutilated washed
ashore near Mount Edgecombe Country Park
Late May Several Basking Shark seen around West Cornwall. 1 in St.
7th May Thresher Shark seen at surface at Sennen. 4 Killer Whales seen
12th June Large Leatherback Turtle seen off Land's End.
20th to 27th
June Large number of Basking Sharks seen off Land's End.
3rd July Large collection of big jellyfish in Mount's Bay ,several
stranded in Newlyn Harbour
Late July 46ft Sei Whale died after stranding on shore at St. Just
in Roseland, another sighted, possibly mate, offshore.
16th Aug. Dead dolphin washed ashore at Marazion.
28th Aug. Large school of dolphin seen off Porthcurno.
7th Sep. Swordfish (1¾Stone) caught by local boat in nets
near Irish coast.
Two more were later caught in same water. French boats also caught
Late Sept. French netter caught Benito off Lundy.
Local angling boat "Silver Spray" caught Blue Shark 1731 lbs
in Mounts Bay.
2nd Nov. Dead Basking Shark (15') washed ashore at Portscatho
13th Nov. Dead whale washed ashore at Kennack Sands
29th Nov Live dolphin entangled in net ashore at St.Marys Isles of
Scilly. Swam away after being cleared.
30th Nov Dead dolphin washed ashore near same place Isles of Scilly
.Not known if same one.
Other observations for 1989 (R.Dennis)
Marine Life Records (Ray Dennis) 1990
5th July School of whales (thought to be Pilots) seen off Godrevy.
15th July Two small sunfish (18" to 2' long) seen near Longships Lighthouse.
20th Aug. Dead Common Dolphin (2.02 Metres long) female with
fractured upper jaw ashore at Long Rock. (Possibly same animal mentioned
above at Marazion.)
2nd or 3rd Oct. Dead Whale ashore near Carrack Rocks SW471407. Unidentified
Observer said length 20ft or more with grooves under chin ( i.e.
pleated throat, possibly another Sei) Could not be found on 22nd Oct.
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Smith's One-List/Cornish Wildlife
SW (Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages)