A rare Pygmy
breviceps, was washed ashore on a
beach at Thurso East,
north Scotland, originally discovered by Cram
Labwons and and recovered by Colin
Bird and Jamie Dyer. Another rare cetacean,
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon
bidens, was discovered washed ashore
dead on Dunnet
an extremely unusual stranding of a deep sea Pygmy
Sperm Whale. This species is much commoner
in the southern hemisphere. The presence of a population west of the Bay
of Biscay is possible. This whale is classified as a Vagrant in
adult Olive Ridley Turtle,
olivacea, was recovering at
Sea Zoo and is now feeding on oily Mackerel
which are easy to digest. This was confirmed as the very first Olive
Ridley Turtle recorded in British seas.
the way from tropical seas, a large olive green adult Ridley
was discovered in a moribund condition but still alive, on the sandy shore
of the Menai Strait,
at Tan-y-Foel very close to Anglesey
Sea Zoo, north-west Wales. Undoubtably suffering in the cool waters
off north Wales, the turtle was warmed up and nursed by local vet and rehabilitated
at Anglesey Sea Zoo. (At the time of writing
it is not sure if the turtle
was heathy enough to recover.)
individual is much larger than any other Kemp's
Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys
as stranding in the UK, previously we have always recorded juveniles here,"
said marine expert Rod Penrose, from the UK
Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme."
the tenth time this year the famous Killer
Whale, Orcinus orca, named 'John
Coe" was spotted by local fishermen, Gordon
Mackinnon and Ritchie Simpson, off Canna
and to the west of Skye,
Hebrides, Scotland. Interestingly, all other confirmed reports of John
Coe in 2016
have been of him alone, whereas Gordonís
photos clearly show him with another male.
Coast Community of Killer Whales
consists of four males and four females, and they are not known to interact
with any other Orca
populations in the north-east Atlantic.
chrysos, was caught on road and line on the boat "Emma
Kate" fishing for Mackerel
out of Padstow, Cornwall.
is a southern species of fish rarely (less than once a year) caught in
British seas. This shoaling fish is
north of Portugal.
by the Marine
Management Organisation (MMO)
Runner was landed at Brixham,
south Devon, by Dave Brown
from his small boat "Thankful".
Silver Dory (=Sailfin
conchifer, was landed at Cawsand,
Cornwall. This is a deepwater fish found in
more southern seas are only rarely accidentally caught around the British
Isles and even more rarely reported.
Marine Life News 2012
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