of the strandline between Sennen
and Gwenver on the
west coast of Cornwall near Land's End discovered about fifty Violet
Janthina, seven dead
capriscus. and one Gulfweed
Crab, Planes minutus, on a polystrene
float covered with Goose Barnacles,
and two Ray egg cases.
extraordinary report of an Oceanic Pufferfish,
lagocephalus, discovered washed up
dead on the shore by Christopher and Morwenna
Smart at Treyarnon
Bay, near Padstow,
on the north coast of Cornwall.
first I thought it was a plastic toy fish, but then realised it was real
and so we carried it home in an old fishbox we found. It was a really beautiful
fish, blue, silver and white with a green stripe through its eye and quite
different from fish we normally see around here."
were also By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella
velella, washed up.
is the first confirmed report of an Oceanic
Pufferfish, Lagocephalus lagocephalus,
these Marine Life News web
pages. There have been unconfirmed
reports of live ones seen briefly by divers. This fish is a common
pelagic species of sub-tropical and tropical seas worldwide.
Janthina, were discovered
along the beach at Woolacombe,
North Devon. Most were about 10 mm in size, and some were still alive with
their bubble rafts and "inked" when placed in a bucket. They were
washed in with tiny (max 12 mm) By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella
velella, Buoy Barnacles,
fascicularis, and a small 15 cm Triggerfish,
badly decomposed Leatherback Turtle,
coriacea, was washed ashore on Selsey
beach, West Sussex. It is extremely unusual
for a turtle up this far east up the English
Channel on the northern coast.
by Justin Atkinson
via Ivan Lang (West Sussex
Report and Image
Cornwall, two species of Violet Sea-snails,
janthina and Janthina
pallida, as well as two sea
beans Entada gigas
and Caesalpina bondoc
were discovered on the strandline.
Mitten Crabs, Eriocheir
sinensis, have been confirmed as by-catch
from white fish fisheries in the Dee
estuary, north-west Wales.
Crabs of the Seashore
alien Mitten Crabs were probably accidentally
introduced in ballast water and have become established in the
Thames and adjoining rivers and in the Mersey estuary.
They cause a huge amount of damage to the tidal and lower freshwater sections
of rivers as they burrow into riverbanks causing them to collapse and silt
up. Further pressure is also put on our wildlife as these crabs out compete
native species. These crabs must spend the juvenile part of their life
cycle in freshwater but must return to the sea to breed.
Planes minutus, was discovered
by crab potter Chris Marquis
Herm and Sark in the Channel Islands amongst a tray of Goose Barnacles.
gales of the preceding week also brought in the remains of a Leatherback
Dermochelys coriacea, on
to at Widemouth
Bay near Bude in north Cornwall.
& 13 December 2006
the shore at Upton
Towans (near Hayle), Cornwall, three Gulfweed
Crabs, Planes minutus, (also known as the Floating Crab and
Columbus Crab) were discovered living among
Barnacle bases on a polystyrene float;
and on the second day at Perranporth
six of these tiny crabs were found on a plastic barrel and one on a plastic
water sea stars were recorded and collected
by a ROV submersible, the first a beige species with short arms (like a
cushion star) from a depth of around 250 metres off west Norway, and the
second similiar one from a depth of 600 metres in a Norwegian fjord at
an earlier date. Neither of these species have been positively identified
at time of writing.
Report with the Links to Images
species are suggested as Peltaster placenta
large 20 kg Ocean
Mola mola, was
washed up dead on the north
Kent coast. The height of this round fish was measured at 98 cm (including
the fins). Sunfish
are frequently found stranded on the western and southern coasts of Britain,
but much less often on North Sea coasts.
surprising discovery of an Ocean Sunfish,
mola, from the Baltic coast
ofsouthern Sweden, means this fish must have navigated through the narrow
parts of the Kattegat. It was a smallish specimen with a total length of
- 9 December 2006
prevailing winds of autumn and the recent gales have washed more unusual
pelagic animals on to the shore (with the millions
of By-the-wind Sailors, Velella velella,
and multiple thousands of Goose Barnacles,
anatifera) notably the small (size
of a 10 pence piece) pelagic Columbus Crabs,
minutus, with five discovered on the Dorset
coast at Southbourne (near Bournemouth)
and a further 15 at Hengistbury
Head, Dorset. The latter was discovered inside a large shipworm-riddled,
pole in cavities created by the tiny burrowing mollusc.
The Columbus Crabs were
found with the Goose Barnacles
and there are clues that the buoys, wooden pallets, fish boxes etc. have
been floating around the Atlantic Ocean for two years or more and are American
in origin. The live crabs were placed in the aquarium at the Foundation
Marine Centre at Kimmeridge.
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.
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.
Report from the Channel Islands
Report from Belgium
Fish is a deep sea fish which very occasionally
is washed up on the shore.
dog discovered a strange fish partially buried on the North
Gare Sands, Hartlepool, (near the power station) part of the Teesmouth
National Nature Reserve; the fish was one metre long, 30 cms wide and
laterally very thin with a tapering tail. I have identified this fish as
a Deal Fish,
least two specimens of the large pelagic swimming crab known as Henslow's
Swimming Crab, Polybius henslowii,
brought in by a commercial fisherman from Poole Bay. This
crab is an active predator of small fish and is usually found over deep
water further south. The same weather conditions which have brought in
the By-the-wind Sailors are
likely to have blown this crab into the shallow bay.
on Eastern Green, between Penzance and Long
by Paul Semmens
Sailors, Velella velella, were washed
up on Welsh beaches, notably a narrow but continuous line of Velella
velella washed up on the high tide mark at Borthwen,
Rhoscolyn, Anglesey (southern end of Ynys Cybi - Holy Island), north
Wright); literally thousands stranded
on a small bay at the Mumbles, Swansea (Jess
Pitman); a swarm amounting to about two
hundred were washed up on Porthllysgi beach off the coast of St.
Davids in south west Wales (Eleri
Davies) with hundreds, possibly thousands,
stranded and dead on the pebbles on the nearby Newgale Beach (Helen
Lee); thousands, if not millions, of By-the-wind
Sailors were washed up on a beach at Criccieth
(on the southern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula), Gwynedd, north Wales (Eilir
Daniels); and an armada, a thick layer
of jellyfish about a metre thick on the strandline in both directions at
Sidan Beach at Pembrey, south west Wales (Bella).
of By-the-wind Sailors, Velella velella,
have been received from north Devon and Guernsey.
large number, probably several hundred, of By-the-wind Sailors,
velella, were washed up on beach at Newborough,
on the southern cost of the Isle of Anglesey, north Wales.
of By-the-wind Sailors,
Velella velella, were reported being
washed up on Saunton,
Croyde and Woolacombe beaches in North Devon. All were noted as being of
the same size, whereas in the past some had been tiny (finger nail size
and smaller) plus larger colonies, all of the recent colonies were 50 -
75 mm across.
Fish, Raniceps raninus, was caught
from Bangor Pier, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. It was returned to the sea
9 November 2006
late in the year Basking Sharks, Cetorhinus
maximus, were reported (by the BBC) off Teignmouth
and the second one off Salcombe, south Devon.
a period of warm southerly and south-westerly winds, the weather changed.
Strong colder winds came from the north-east and an easterly direction.
Sailors, Velella velella, entered St. Peter Port harbour on
Guernsey's east coast, driven in by the wind. Commercial fisherman
Brown called to tell me that about 25 Velella
velella were washed up on the shore near his dinghy in the harbour.
I went down to the Albert marina and I was able to collect four Velella
velella by reaching out from a pontoon. This
picture shows one of them mirrored by the water's surface:
& Photograph by Richard
of thousands of By-the-wind Sailors,
velella, were wrapped up in the Thongweed
and Zostera Eelgrass
on Porth Hellick Beach, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly. I heard they
had also come ashore on other beaches on the east of the island. They were
still quite fresh, though dead.
was approximately 5 to 6 miles west of the Casquettes, off Alderney, Channel
Islands, and I saw about ten Velella velella being blown
past our boat in a few minutes.
imperial, a large deep sea fish, was caught
by a Swedish angler in northern Norway.
juvenile Northern Bottle-nosed Whale, Hyperoodon
ampullatus, was seen washed in shallow
water on the east side of Inverness,
north-east Scotland. It became stranded on the shore and died within two
hours of first being spotted.
13 October 2006
angler Anton Kristiansen
was out fishing with Turid Kvammen
at Smøla, off the coast of Nordmøre, northwest Norway when
he hooked and landed a Bluntnosed Six-gilled
Shark, Hexanchus griseus, called
Norwegian. It measured 2.5 meters long and weighed 120 kg (264 lb).
shark is a large deep water predatory species that is rarely caught by
commercial fishermen and even less often by anglers. The British Isles
angling catch was caught off Ireland. Hexanchus
griseus have six gill slits (the majority
of sharks have only five gill slits) and with only one dorsal fin set near
the tail it is most distinctive.
Gillingham caught a rare off-white Lobster,
gammarus, off Alderney
in the Channel Islands (English Channel). The Lobster
was white on its underside with grey-green markings on its back and blue
claws which were not as bright blue as usual. It was flown by air to Guernsey
Aquarium which will be its new home.
2006 6:45 to 6:55 am
for seen for several minutes off Brighton beach, Sussex. The reports said
it was not a waterspout as the funnel cloud did not reach the sea.
lesser whirlwinds occasionally occur and I have been caught up in one.
They are not caught on camera very often.
Life off Sussex
from Caithness (Images)