World Oceans Day 2010
of other environmental groups are welcome for Adur
Day 2010 in Shoreham-by-Sea.
This is an interactive exhibition and all stalls need to be manned. Tables,
chairs and an electrical supply are provided. To allocate
we will need to know of exhibitors in advance.
date for this year is 5 June 2010.
This will be the 14th consecutive year that this marine exhibition has
been held in Shoreham-by-Sea.
five metre long Minke Whale, Balaenoptera
acutorostrata, was discovered alive
on the morning low tide in the North
Esk River estuary near Montrose,
Scotland. By the time the high tide came in the late afternoon the health
of the mammal had deteriorated and it had to be euthanased.
of Common Starfish,
rubens, were washed up on the strandline
on the shingle beach at
Salterton in south Devon (East
Devon AONB). The line of washed up starfish
stretched for over a mile.
at Budleigh Salterton
by Tony Herbert
usual residence would be feeding on the mussel
beds offshore. From a previous occurrence underneath the chalk cliffs east
of Brighton Marina,
Sussex, it is my surmise that the mass migration occurs because the Common
Starfish have exceeded their food supply offshore.
Perhaps, this occurs because of commercial dredging of the mussels.
mystery silvery fish with red dorsal fins washed
ashore dead on the Isle
of Mull, western Scotland was discovered to be a Dealfish
This deep water fish is uncommon at depths
of over 180 metres and deeper and it is rarely washed ashore.
17 metre long Fin
physalis, was spotted by Jean
Lawson floating about three kilometres off
the shore of north Cornwall. The dead mammal then floated north-east until
five days later the huge whale washed up in a cove near Porthtowan,
37 miles away from the first sighting.
Fin Whale washed
up at Porthtowan
by David Fenwick Snr
is not the first time that the second largest mammal on our planet has
observed drifting with the tides around the British
coast this winter. Another dead Fin Whale
eventually stranded on the Lancashire coast in December
Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network
going back up Marazion Beach, south Cornwall,
as the tide turned (on the lowest tide of the year)
my partner and I looked around some uppershore pools and discovered five
Gobies, Gobius cobitus.
in three small pools. They averaged about 18 cm in length.
by David Fenwick Snr
large goby is a very rare find on the south-west shores of Britain and
the Channel Islands.Their rarity in Britain is because they are on the
northern edge of their natural distribution based on water temperature
for breeding. Also, their bathymetric
is probably in shallow water, and not normally intensively fished, and
not encountered by rockpoolers except on the
low spring tides.
Goby is a protected species under the Wildlife
and Countryside Act Schedule 5.
Report & Photographs (Link)
Giant Goby Reports
ten metre long Sperm Whale, Physeter
was discovered after becoming stranded on rocks at Beadnell
Bay on the Northumberland
Coast, north-east England. The whale had been dead for several days.
Whale is the largest species of toothed whale,
reaching 18 metres (59 ft) and weighing 57 tonnes (male). This whale is
capable of diving to a depth of more than 1000 metres and can remain submerged
for over an hour. A fatty substance in the blood prevents dangerous nitrogen
bubbles forming in their blood on deep dives, so they are able to descend
to great depths, and return to the surface without decompression.
& Dolphins in British Seas
last BMLSS recorded stranding of a deep water
Whale on the English North Sea coast occurred
when two were stranded in separate incidents
on North Sea coasts in February 2006.
Scottish Stranding 2009
brama, continue to be washed up on the North Sea coasts of Northumberland
and on eastern Scottish shores.
by Paul Castle,
least fifty Ray's Bream
were discovered by the beach cleaning staff between Roker
and Seaburn, at Sunderland,
Wearside, north-east England.
- 19 January 2010
some easterly swells a dead Short-snouted
hippocampus, and a Sea
Mouse, Aphrodite aculeata,
(a worm), were discovered on a beach near Dawlish,
Ray's Bream Reports
- 18 & 19 January 2010
the heavy seas had dropped on the shore at Blyth,
Northumberland, the gulls fed in a frenzy on a large shoal of Sand-eels,
On the subsequent two days I observed a few Ray's
brama, in the same shallows and I speculated that these fish could
have been feeding on the Sand-eels
Wrigley discovered this peculiar object on
the sandbank of Whitesands in Old
Town Bay at low tide, at St.
Mary's, Isles of Scilly.
This large jelly-like mass was solid and heavy. The green translucent organism
was quite slimy, and at 30 cm across it was estimated to weight over 1
kg. The most distinctive feature of this mystery
object was the presence of many small
whitish nodules within (5 to 10 mm), visible through the jelly, seemingly
hard but in actual fact soft and they would disintegrate with little
pressure from the fingers. A few darker feathery patches were visible inside.
this time of year, the Football Sea Squirt
(yes, it can be the size of a football) Diazona
violacea has lost its zooids and is
an off-white, slightly translucent smooth blob with structures (the new
zooids) visible through the test.
mass stranding of crabs occurred on the Isle
coast, Kent; the crabs have been reported on beaches
at Westbrook, Cliftonville
while smaller numbers have been washed up between Broadstairs
and Ramsgate. Most
of the crabs were the Velvet Swimming
puber, which inhabits the shallow seas beneath
the intertidal zone, over rocky substrates.
brama, were discovered on the beach at Redcar.
reports of Ray's Bream
being washed ashore on North Sea were received. These strandings occurred
and earlier years.
of 2009 Reports
Reports of Ray's Bream on flickr
Marine Life News 2009
Marine Life Records 2009 (Ray Dennis Records)
Oil Disasters page