Sea Bream (=Couch's Sea Bream), Pagrus
pagrus, was caught by angler Stephen
Condick on the Quies
off Newquay, Cornwall.
It weighed in at 2.218 kg and is a new British record for this species.
This southern species of fish has been reported on a few occasions this
year and it is breeding off the Cornish coast (probably) and at least one
specimen has been caught as far east as Hampshire.
Angling Records Page
specimen of the cushion-like (short stubby arms) starfish Hippasteria
trawled up from the north east coast of England and brought into St. Abbs,
Scotland. This is a northern Arctic species
and only rarely reported from the Shetlands and off north west Scotland.
there has been a report from St. Abb's before and this starfish is common
at diving depths off the Norwegian coast in the winter.
Messages (1) (2)(3)
of Common Starfish,
rubens, were discovered washed up dead on the shore at Formby,
weather turns colder with nights below zero ° C, scores of dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, have been washed up dead on the Cornish coast.
arctus, was caught in a lobster pot
at a depth of about 60 metres about three miles south east of St Mary’s,
Isles of Scilly , just before Christmas by Barry
Bennett. Realising that it was an unusual
and interesting find Barry put it in a display tank, which he maintains
in the Harbour Master’s Office in St Mary’s.
arctus is a warm waters species found in the Mediterranean, and in
the Eastern Atlantic from Morocco to the English Channel but is rare north
of the Bay of Biscay. They live on stony ground, in caves, and can
also be found on muddy bottoms or in seagrass beds. They use the
large spade-like scales at the front of the head to burrow into mud, sand
or gravel between and under stones. Only 15 have been confirmed from British
seas all from off Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly or off Plymouth.
mydas, was washed up dead at Blackpool,
Lancashire. This is the first recorded Green
Turtle from Irish Sea coasts.
White-beaked Dolphin Information
carcass of a young 1.78 metre long female White-beaked
albirostris, was discovered on the small beach area west of Crovie,
in the outer Moray Firth, north-east Scotland. The young dolphin showed
signs of injury to its jaw consistent with being attacked. Although this
species of dolphin is regularly seen off Stonehaven and Aberdeen, it has
only been recorded once in the last five years in the outer Moray.
large 3.5 metre Pilot
Whale, Globicephala melas,
stranded on the Hannafore Beach at Looe, Cornwall, after first being discovered
floating in the sea the day before. This is just one of several reports
of dead whales seen around Cornwall during the month of November.
Full Moon and spring tides, the second Full Moon
in the month is known as a Blue
very unusual report of a Barracuda
was received from Cornwall
where net fisherman David Kessell
captured one six miles off the Lizard peninsula. The streamlined tropical
fish has not been recorded in British seas before. This one weighed about
4.2 kg gutted (9 lb) and it was about 106 cm (nearly 4 ft) long.
This fish has been photographed by Phil Monckton
(Western Morning News)
and verified by Dr Paul Gainey.
Allthe three species in the family Sphyraenidae found in the North East
Atlantic and Mediterranean are southern species that are discovered only
north to the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula and southern Bay of
this specimen was examined at the Natural History Museum by Oliver
Crimmen it was found that the edge of the
operculum was naked (not covered in scales as it is in). This, along
with a few other features, showed the specimen to be Sphyraena
viridensis, known as the Yellowmouth
Report (CD-ROM only)
was seen off Brighton beach, Sussex in the English Channel. This is outside
the normal range of all species of pinnipeds.
It was swimming between Brighton's two piers heading east to west. The
seal swam at the surface and dived on occasions and appeared to be in good
health. They have been seen as occasional vagrants before, notably off
a few miles to the west.
pod of 30 Harbour Porpoises,
Phocoena phocoena, were seen 20 miles
south of Salcombe, south Devon.
fine condition were discovered inhabiting part of the undersea chalk cliff
face known as the Worthing Lumps, about 3 miles off the Sussex
coast. About 15 adult fish were found, most of
them inhabiting the rock crannies in the clear cold (12°
C) water, but one fish ventured out into the open. Divers
rarely have the opportunity to observe Triggerfish in the winter because
of the inclement weather restricts the diving opportunities.
photographs and Triggerfish information page (link)
specimens of the Straight-nosed Pipefish,
ophidion, were discovered on the south
Cornish shore of Hannafore Beach, Looe on the low
spring tides. These pipefish are resident large
(12 cm) pipefishes around the southern coast of Britain, and are probably
rarely recorded on a few shores rather than being a rare species of this
small elongated fish.
Octopus, Eledone cirrhosa,
was discovered by Helen
Nott on Heacham Beach, Norfolk, In this
photograph (click on this text to see), you can see the single row
of suckers. The Common Octopus has a double row.
Summers, found an intact Triggerfish,
up on Poltreath Beach in Cornwall.
to the photograph and full report
Report in 2001
Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus,was
discovered washed up dead on a beach in Skaill
Bay, (HY 229 189)
in the Orkney Isles. This whale is usually found in deep water.
Numbers for Stranded Cetaceans
Report on BMLSS Turtles
Turtle, Dermochelys coriacia, nearly
1.5 metres across was spotted close to the south Alloa jetty 30 miles up
the Firth of Forth, the major inlet on the east coast of central Scotland.
A search was conducted for the turtle to rescue it in case it became trapped.
However, in the vast expanse of the estuary the turtle could not be located
easily and it was
14 November 2001 before
it was discovered and photographed after an extensive and systematic search
in small boats.
Marine Turtle Stranding Network
first Snowy Egret,
thula, recorded in Britain is seen and photographed at Balvicar,
Argyll & Bute, and then in the following months seen over a wide area
of the west of Scotland. This bird normally inhabits the tidal mud flats
of North and South America where it hunts for small fish and shrimps
in large groups.
have been further reports of Short-snouted
hippocampus, from around the Channel Islands. Fisherman Steve
Ryall hauled them up in his nets together
with Lumpsuckers and large Soles over 3 kg in weight. The Seahorses
were returned alive. Lobster and crab fisherman Andy
Egre reports catching two large Seahorses
in his pots about a mile and a half off Rozel in 30 metres of water in
an area of strong tides.
October to 4 November 2001
beam trawler F.V. Admiral Gordon, fishing out of Plymouth, reports seeing
large numbers of Pilot
melas, for the first time about 12 miles South of Start Point, South
Devon. They estimate over 50 whales and report that they were also
picking up a lot of midwater markers (on the echo sounder) which may have
Long caught a Common Octopus,
vulgaris, off the Cornish coast off Coverack in deepish water at
about 75 metres (40 fathoms). This warm water octopus is now only rarely
discovered in the English Channel, although within just about living memory
it was commoner. This species was identified by Paul
Gainey, but hauling it up from the depths
damaged the specimen which did not survive its ordeal.
Shrimp, Alpheus macrocheles, was
discovered by fisherman Timmy Bailey
in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, and identified by marine biologist Paul
Gainey. This is one of a few small shrimps
that can produce a rather alarming cracking noise with their claws. It
was bright orange in colour. Exactly how rare they are in British seas
is unclear because they are small, up to 43 mm only, and are only rarely
reported. (There are two other species Alpheus glaber and Alpheus
ruber.) The Pistol Shrimp found a home at the Blue
Reef Aquarium in Newquay.
Evening Telegraph reported a 3 metre long (including the sword) Broad-billed
Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, discovered
by Ian and Graham Royle washed up dead on Chapel St. Leonards beach, Lincolnshire
on the east coast of England. This is usually an oceanic fish with just
a few reports in British seas, one or two sightings
in the English Channel of this fast swimming fish jumping out of the sea,
and one report of a fish washed on the west
coast of Scotland.
Wildlife Records 2001
10 metres long Sperm
Whale, Physeter macrocephalus,
was washed up alive on the north-east side of Trondra (opposite Scalloway
Harbour) in the Shetland Isles. The whale managed to refloat itself the
following day, but as often happens with these strandings the whale beached
itself again in the original location.
Angling Mini Records
capture by angler Peter Godden
of a fish called the Blue Runner, Caranx
crysos, was an amazing occurrence of an Atlantic tropical (including
the Caribbean) and Mediterranean sea fish off Walmer Beach, Deal, Kent,
that speculation can only occur how did this fish arrive so far out of
its normal range? It weighed in at 175 grams and is very small and is a
new British record. Adults can attain a weight of nearly 4 kg.
Tuna, Thunnus thynnus with a reported weight of 435 kg (960
is caught on road and line by Adrian Molloy
of Kilcar, off Donegal, Ireland. The angler
claims this as the largest fish caught around the British Isles, exceeding
the giant fish of 386 kg (851 lb) caught from a Whitby boat in 1933
when Tuna were a regular catch in the North Sea.
from Richard Lord (Guernsey)
from the Daily Mail
was caught by angler Patrick Banks from
a mid channel wreck SSW of Poole Harbour, Dorset. This fish is a rare visitor
to the south western shores of the British Isles. It weighed in at 5.407
kg and is a new British angling record.
in the old MBA Public Aquarium at Plymouth
Angling Records Page
Site (with an excellent photograph and lots of information)
the important Bronze Age Timber Circle that was recovered from the seashore
at Holme, Norfolk, is to be saved and conserved for future generations.
The conservation programme, fully funded by English Heritage, will take
place at the Flag Fen archaeological centre
near Peterborough. The "Seahenge" timbers have been precisely dated to
spring 2050 BC and 2049 BC using pioneering dating techniques.
Bream, Pagellus erythrinus, was
caught by angler Phillip Jewell
in the River Helford
estuary, Cornwall. This is one of the rarer summer visitor sea breams
(Family: Sparidae) to the English Channel. This was a new British angling
record and the fish weighed in at 692 grams.
14 metre long female Sei Whale, Balaenoptera
borealis, was washed up alive at Cockerham Sands, Lancashire
on 28 September
but quickly died. It was then washed out to sea again and it then drifted
northwards across the Morecambe Bay to Chapel Island, Ulverston. The decomposing
carcass drifted to Greenodd Sands where it was photographed by Andy
Harmer on 13 October 2001.
The Sei is a deep sea whale and records of strandings are rare.
four 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.
are reported in the seas just south of the Shetlands every summer.
Cetacean Page including
a Humpback in Cornwall
Whales (Shetland Isles) 2000
Cooper of the Kaspia restaurant in London's Mayfair received
a European Lobster, Homarus gammarus,
96 cm long in the normal delivery from Cornwall. Because of its exceptional
size it was presented to London
Aquarium. This is one of the largest lobsters ever caught. We have
one record of a specimen 126 cm long, but even the very large ones that
are occasionally caught are usually less than 1 metre in length. It weighed
over 6 kg (about 14 lb).
October 2001, this Lobster called "Barney"
was released into the Plymouth Sound Marine Conservation Area.
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
Triggerfish Database file
capriscus, was 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
by a diver on
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 ago.
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.
Wildlife Records 2001
Hooded Seal, Cystophora cristata, was washed on a Little Haven
beach, Pembrokeshire, south west Wales and found a home at the Seal Hospital
at Milford Haven. The seal was healthy apart from a small cut on one flipper.
The Hooded Seal spends most of its life on the Arctic pack ice and discoveries
off the coast of Scotland, including the Orkney and Shetland Isles are
rare. It moults around Greenland and the Denmark Strait (between Iceland
and Greenland) with regular sightings now being reported from the seas
north of the Shetland Isles.
Marine Mammals in the Atlantic Margin
Lord also reported the Compass Jellyfish from L'Ancresse Beach,
on the north coast of Guernsey.
were a considerable number of Compass Jellyfish, Chrysaora
Hallsands Beach, south Devon. I counted well over a hundred. There was
also a small (25 cm across) Cyanea which was bright blue, it could
have been Cyanea lamarcki due
to its size, colour and lack of sting (I brushed past it whilst swimming).
Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group Report (Link)
Jellyfish were reported by Paul
Tyler from around St. Kilda (Outer Hebrides) this year.
Tyler Reports from St. Kilda, of String Jelly, Salps, Cotton-spinner (sea
cucumber) Holothuria forskali, and the starfish Stichastrella
divers, one of them a commercial fisherman, came across an unrecognised
shark lying stationary on the bottom near Alderney in the Channel Islands.
It was over a metre long and it was not any of the common shark species
normally found around the islands. They looked in the book and came up
with unlikely match of the Nurse Shark,
cirratum. They said the shark remained
motionless on the bottom. The body appeared dark grey with no markings.
tropical species has never been recorded in British seas although Gerald
Jennings (Calypso Publications) reports a record from Portugal.
Report by the Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit
the evening whilst on a routine Minke Whale survey along the southern Moray
Firth, biologists from the Cetacean Research
& Rescue Unit had a truly amazing experience when they encountered
an 11.5 metre long adult Humpback
Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae,
just three miles from the coastline of the outer firth.
are rare visitors to British waters. There has only been on rare stranding
report this year. Humpbacks are a deep water whale.
Humpback Whale was seen again by the research team in relatively shallow
water on 11 August 2001.
Isles Report 2001
Cetacean Page including
a Humpback in Cornwall
Whales (Shetland Isles) 2000
along a twelve-mile stretch of rocky Welsh coastline near Holyhead on the
island of Anglesey in North Wales were covered with "dumpling like" globules
of the white and brown gunk, identified as non-toxic vegetable oil.
mola, (pic) were seen off the coast of Cornwall
as is usual during the summer months. One was discovered in the Hayle river
estuary near St. Ives where it was reported breaching in a large rock
13 July 2001, nine
Sunfish were seen off Pentire Head, Cornwall (SW 936814) between Rumps
large (15 kg) Stingray,
pastinaca, caught off Helford, Cornwall
was landed at Newlyn. A small (15 cm) Marbled
Electric Ray, Torpedo
marmorata, was caught in a crab
pot off Freathy, Whitsand Bay, south-east Cornwall. Both fish are quite
rare for the south-west.
sufficiently numerous off Bordeaux, north-east coast of Guernsey, Channel
Islands for the Police to publish a warning to bathers.
lagocephalus, was discovered washed up on the surfline by a holidaymaker
on Towan beach, near Newquay, on the north coast of Cornwall. At first
the fish that was over 30 cm long seemed to be dead, but it recovered after
being placed in a rockpool, and was eventually
taken in a plastic shopping bag to the Blue
Reef Aquarium at Newquay where it quickly recovered, and began swimming
around with rays and other fish in a large display tank.
was a very unusual discovery in British seas. The last confirmed discovery
was in 1973, but there have been a few unconfirmed reports since then.
It is a worldwide pelagic species in all the warmer oceans, and inhabiting
the open Atlantic and rarely comes inshore.
Pufferfish is named from its ability to inflate into a large ball when
young (1.5 metre long) Thresher Shark found at Gunwalloe Fish Cove, on
the Lizard, Cornwall has been confirmed as a Bigeye
Thresher Shark, Alopias superciliosus. This is the first
record of this species from shallow British waters.
Record from the Porcupine Bight
Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, were observed by
Craig King from a fishing boat three miles
south of Portland Bill, Dorset at around 10.00 am. The large group
included calves and may have been chasing mackerel.
Several animals came in to ride the bow wave. A Thresher Shark,
vulpinus, was also seen rounding up smaller fish ten miles offshore
of jellyfish were seen off Sandgate, Kent. They
were about 12 cm in diameter but have not yet been positively identified.
This could be the uncommon species Cyanea lamarckii.
on 7 July 2001,
the dolphin was found dead and this was the fate of a previous porpoise
spotted in the Thames by the Houses of Parliament. The post mortem indicated
that the dolphin was an old female with only three teeth and had reached
the end of her natural life span.
of Bottle-nosed Dolphins were reported off the Palace Pier, Brighton,
Sussex. Dolphins off Sussex are not seen every
London TV news reported the presence of an adult Bottle-nosed
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, in the Thames near the Tate Modern
Gallery. From the film footage the dolphin appears reasonably 'fit' at
the moment and quite active. It was over 3 metres (11 ft) long.
Dolphins of the European Atlantic
Bay of Biscay and the English Channel
Graeme Cresswell & Dylan Walker
Rob Still & Phil Coles (artwork)
by Andy Swash
by Wild Guides
is the best and handiest small guide, and probably better than any of the
larger guides for identifying the cetaceans at sea. Andy
& Dolphin Conservation Society
New Publications Page
Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group
recorder Barry Moreton has reported a record number of the Ocean
Sunfish, Mola mola, off Pentire Headland (east side of the
Camel Estuary), Cornwall. Within about 8 hours, whilst he was fishing from
land, he counted 48 in groups of two or three, Douglas
Herdson of the National Marine
Aquarium, who is compiling records of this species for the whole of
the British isles, says that 15 is the largest grouping of which
Terry Hocking who has been keeping careful notes of seal
activity off the North Cliffs, has just given his notes to Cornwall Wildlife
Trust together with observations on Sunfish. He has noticed that
gulls - seemingly always immature Herring Gulls - frequently gather
around them. If the gulls attentions are too insistent, the
Sunfish will lunge at them, squirting water from its mouth! - and he has
a video to prove it. I can find no mention of this in the literature
or on the World Wide Web (Internet) - indeed in general there seem
to be more questions than answers at present, although it seems certain
that the Ocean Sunfish is becoming more frequent and extending its range
in British waters..
SW (Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages)
Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
small shoal of juvenile first year Pollack,
pollachius, came as a great surprise to me on a mussel
expedition at Kingston beach,
West Sussex (Adur
In well over a thousand observations I have never seen shoals of these
fry before. The mid-water shoals are usually Sand Smelt Atherina presbyter;
labrax; or Grey Mullet,
Chelon labrosus. Pollack shoals are
are a characteristic of Cornish and Devon estuaries.
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
9, 10 June 2001
Oceans Day events at Plymouth, Helston,
large baleen Whales were spotted for about 30 minutes blowing
well offshore from Cork, Ireland and swimming west along the coast. These
were possibly the same Fin Whales the Air-Corp observed two days
- 28 July 2001
Whales, Orcinus orca, were observed around the mouth of Cork
Harbour, Ireland. The group comprises one very impressive bull with an
equally impressive dorsal fin and two smaller adults, presumably females,
although some observers have mentioned a fourth animal.
Reports on Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group
UK CetNet for even more reports
shrimp, Rissoides desmaresti, has been found in Lyme Bay.
The specimen was captured by a local fishermen in a trawl net. The specimen
was around 85 mm and was captured with a good haul of cod which were feeding
upon the mantis shrimps.
pair of Mute Swans with six furry cygnets greeted the workers
setting up at the stalls for Adur World Oceans Day, but as the neap
tide ebbed they had disappeared before the start of the event.
day was overcast with brief periods of sun through gaps in the clouds and
short periods of torrential rain that sent people diving for cover in the
the rough weather, a Sunfish was spotted
by anglers on a boat about half an hour out from Lyme Regis, Dorset, and
reported by Tom Parker.
plankton blooms are prominent on both sides of the English Channel and
at least as far west as Dorset.
is a minute organism which can reproduce in enormous numbers, and is an
example of the phytoplankton. Phaeocystis 'blooms' are called by
names like Slurry Water and Baccy Juice, and are an annual occurrence off
the Sussex and Kent coasts in May and June. Blooms are also found of other
coasts including the coast of Cornwall. The Sussex species is Phaeocystis
Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group
Ramsgate, Kent, the blooms of phytoplankton were followed by large swarms
of colourful jellyfish. Report
by Keith Parsons
and a group of seven Bottle-nosed Dolphins,
truncatus, including a calf, and swam
with canoeists for a whole day in 10 metres of water, chasing sand-eels
opposite South Sands and out to Bolt Tail, Salcombe, south Devon.
Gay and Peter Drelaud caught a red
gammarus, off the south east of Jersey, in April. Fisherman Ian Stewart
who caught one in 1971 (this may have come from the English Channel N.J.)
said that he understood the last locally recorded case was 1920. The Lobster
was sold to an aquarium at St. Malo, France.
Sharks have been seen in appreciable numbers off the south Devon
coast. Ten sharks were seen feeding just outside the mouth of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge
from Nigel Mortimer
in the month there have been reports of up to 24 Basking Sharks of Start
Wildlife Records 2001
pod of six Risso's Dolphins,
griseus, (5 adults, 1 juv) were seen by Jonathan
Wills in Vassa Voe, South Nesting, in the
Shetland Isles, swimming very slowly around the inner part of the voe,
mostly in water less than 5 metres deep, keeping close together and possibly
supporting/nursing/comforting one of the party which appeared to have an
injured dorsal fin.
Tonkin from Cadgwith on the Lizard peninsula caught a Sturgeon,
whilst netting for Monkfish and Turbot. It was 2 metres long and
weighed 46 kg (101 lb). It was eventually served up in a Bath
restaurant. Records of Sturgeon are very rare and the fish must be heading
for extinction in the NE Atlantic as there are very few breeding areas
scallop fisherman (dredger) picked up 3 Pen Shells or Fan Mussels
in his dredge worked of the Channel Islands. One of them is at the
Aquarium. I had a look yesterday through the glass and I think
it is Atrina fragilis.
of tonnes of the 65 metres high chalk cliff at Beachy Head, East
Sussex, collapsed into the sea, including the complete stack known as Devil's
Chimney. After the persistent rain with hardly a dry day since
September 2000 a collapse was likely, and if the water inside the chalk
had frozen and expanded, a much greater fall could have occurred.
Swanage lobster fisherman has just caught his second Seahorse, Hippocampus
guttulatus (=H. ramulosus), this week - the first was smooth,
the second very fluffy! Seahorses have been reported from Weymouth Bay
and the Fleet in Dorset and there are anecdotal reports of seahorses from
Studland eelgrass beds, but about 20 years ago.
a long delay the
year 2000 Millennium issue of Glaucus
is finally sent to British Marine Life Study Society members.
to a photograph of the stranded whale
male juvenile Humpback Whale, Megaptera
novaeangliae, became stranded in Sandwich Bay, just north of Dover,
Kent. The animal was alive when it stranded, and estimated to weigh over
20 tonnes with a length of 11 metres (35 ft). Unfortunately, the animal
was in poor condition and could not be saved. The southern North Sea is
a very unusual area to find such a large whale.
Information on UK Cetnet
Numbers for Stranded Cetaceans
2000 CD-ROM is sent to
Marine Life Study Society Premier members
young Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta, was discovered
at Holywell Bay near Newquay, Cornwall, and is now being cared for at the
Reef Aquarium in Newquay.
group of 3 or 4 Humpback
Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, were seen in Echna
Bay, Burray, Scapa
Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, was seen at the Roches Douvres,
near Jersey in the Channel Islands. It was over 6 metres (20 ft) long.
In summer they would not warrant a special report, but English Channel
sightings in winter are uncommon.
year scores of dolphins are washed up dead on the shores of Cornwall and
Makeham (Looe) has sent a report to the Marine
Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group from information in
the Cornish Times.
huge Bass, Dicentrarchus
labrax, was caught in a trawl west of Guernsey. Its weight of 9.52
kg (21 lb 4 oz) would have exceeded the world angling record
if it had been caught on rod and line.
the first time for many years a good haul of the Brown
Shimp, Crangon crangon, was reported from the shallow seas
off Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.
Gallons of shrimps were collected in a push net at low tide. No Weevers
by Peter Murphy (Shoreham)
Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, was reported of Portgwarra,
male Sperm Whale, Physeter
macrocephalus, was washed ashore in a badly decomposed state at Vault
Beach, Gorran Haven, St Austell, Cornwall. It was about 12 metres
long. It is only the third on record washed up on the Cornish coast.
badly decomposed Dolphins were washed up on Shoreham
Beach, Sussex. They were badly decomposed but were probably Common
Dolphins, Delphinus delphis. A Porpoise, just over a
metre long, was washed at nearby Worthing.
Sea Watch Foundation News 2001
Bogue, Boops boops, a fish weighing 491 grams was caught in
a gill net off Herm Island near Guernsey. These fish, a member of the Sea
bream family Sparidae, are reasonably common around the Channel Islands,
but are much rarer further north.
calf is reported from Durlston Bay, Dorset.
Marine Project has records of Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops
truncatus, sightings around Swanage based on regular watches over the
past seven or more years. There appears to be more reports in the winter,
with little activity over the summer months. There have been regular
sightings of five recognisable dolphins over this period, with a couple
of newcomers in recent years.
photographed a group of 14 dolphins off Swanage in mid-January - including
a very young calf. One of the group was "Benty" - a very recognisable
individual with a bent-over dorsal fin, known from Cornwall and known to
have visited Dorset the previous year.
dolphins are almost unknown from the English Channel.
sea anemone Diadumene
cincta has been identified and photographed by Paul
Parsons off Worthing, West Sussex at a depth of 3 metres. It is a small
sea anemone that has probably overlooked before or incorrectly identified.
Sea Bream, Pagrus pagrus, have been
numerous around Guernsey so far this year. The Guernsey Fishermen's Trading
Company says they have seen dozens. . One fisherman operating a small
trawler / potter landed to a retailer 16 all weighing about 340 grams (12
each. The neighbouring retailer in the Town Market had 6 small Couch's
Sea Bream delivered.
Sea Bream, also called the Common Sea Bream, reach their most northerly
point of distribution in the English Channel and are not regularly recorded,
although year 2000 was graced with quite a number of reports of sea bream
from more southerly seas.
Lawman and others spotted a large 8-10 metre
long Minke Whale,
acutorostrata, off Porthcurno, Cornwall. This specimen was larger than
one seen earlier in January.
Richards discovered a blue specimen of the Common
Hermit Crab, Pagurus bernhardus from the east coast of the
Isle of Wight. The legs and body of this hermit crab are usually orange
and cream. A parasitic rhizocephalan
barnacle could be responsible for this phenomenon and the exact species
is still a subject of discussion on the "Wet
Thumb" Smart Group. There does not seem to be a reason why this is
so, other than a blue Spider Crab,
squinado, was discovered to be parasiticised. However, list members
of the Crustacean-L grouphave
also suggested genetic, diet and environmental reasons for the colour abnormality.
blue Hermit Crab moulted on 9 February 2001,
and as the rhizocephalan parasite prevents moulting, it seems unlikely
this is the cause of the colour change. A Spiny Spider Crab in another
Isle of Wight aquarium also moulted to a blue colour.
Link (Wet Thumb)
Rhizocephalan Species List
(Marine Life of the NE Atlantic Smart Group)
Horton attended the Marine Life Biological
Recording Workshop organised by the Marine
Biological Association of the UK & Marlin
on behalf of the British Marine Life Study Society
Hall discovered the curious lamellarid mollusc called Lamellaria
perspicua on a bare boulder on the extreme lower shore (on a spring
tide) of Lydstep beach, 3 miles from Tenby, SW Wales.
prosobranch mollusc has also been discovered
by Jon Makeham
at Hannafore Beach, Looe, Cornwall.
large Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris,
was caught by a Cornish trawlerman Alan Nudd and housed at Newquay
"Blue Reef" Aquarium. It was a large specimen with a span including
the arms of 150 cm (5 ft). Common Octopuses are common in the Mediterranean
but unusual in the English Channel., with only a handful reported each
year. However, the smaller Curled Octopus, Eledone cirrhosa, with
only a single row of suckers, is found off most British coasts.
by Clive Bremner (from Metro
News, a free London newspaper)