MARINE LIFE NEWS 2017

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13 September 2017
Minke Whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, are frequently seen as individuals but rarely in groups, so a pod of twenty Minke Whales seen off  between Douglas Head and Port Soderick Bay, off the Isle of Man, was newsworthy
Jen Adams (Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch) said it was "very unusual to see them foraging en masse" as they were "solitary creatures.The Herring are spawning and this is what has attracted so many whales, so close in to the coast."

       
Mid September 2017

Portuguese Man-o'-War
Photograph by Martin Cavell

Portuguese Man-o'-War, Physalia physalis, have been washed up on widespread western shores from the Isles of Scilly  to Scotland. Beware of the venomous tentacles that still produce a severe sting even when stranded ashore. Hundreds of this venomous siphonophore were washed up on the sandy beach at Sennen Cove, Cornwall. 

BMLSS Jellyfish/Medusa
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September 2017

Violet Sea Snails
Photograph by Lisa Woollett

With the stranded Portuguese Man-o'-Wars came a pelagic predator called the Violet Sea Snail, Janthina janthina
"I found my first Violet Sea Snail, blown in just east of Perranporth, Cornwall on the north westerlies. Wonderfully, these gastropods live upside down at the ocean's surface on a raft of mucus bubbles and get their colour from eating Portuguese Men-o-war and By-the-wind Sailors, Vellela velella."

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9 September 2017

Pompano Dolphinfish

Angler Mark Padfield caught a surprising fish called a Pompano Dolphin (or Dorado), Coryphaena equiselis, off Chesil Beach, Dorset, This tropical and sub-tropical fish is so rare in British seas as not to be listed in popular UK fish books even as a vagrant or occasional capture. It is a migratory fish found in schools in all oceans. 


29 August 2017

Tuna with a huge shoal of Pilchards
Henley Spiers Photography

"On the way out to see the Blue Sharks we came across an incredibly rare sight, a sardine bait ball being feasted on by birds and Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus. The action was fast and furious and over in just moments, but luckily we were able to jump in and get a few shots!"


16 August 2017

Tuna: click on the image for a video by Beach & Boat Fishing  facebook

A feeding frenzy by a school of Tuna, Thunnus thynnus was witnessed off Falmouth, Cornwall. This was only the first of numerous reports of feeding shoals of Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, off the coasts of Cornwall and Wales. 
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14 August 2017

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Swordfish: click on the image for a video by Chris Wheeler

A  two metre long Billfish swam by our boat one mile off shore, near Selsey, West Sussex. The shark like dorsal fin and long bill could be seen near the surface as it chased the lure under the boat. The consensus said its was a Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, and it looked like one to me.

"Chris Wheeler and I were Plaice fishing, one mile off shore, near Selsey. We're drifting when Chris spots something at the stern of the boat. It's a large creature, maybe 5 or 6 feet long. Instinctively I put a cast in with insanely inappropriate tackle and attempt to draw the fish in. Astonishingly the fish turns on my tiny lure and lights up like a Christmas tree! As it follows the lure at speed, towards me on the bow, we can now clearly see it's a Billfish, and a beautiful one at that. I will never forget the electric blue back as it glides under me. We lose sight of the fish and both of us are left shaking with excitement, raised further when we realise that Chris has cleverly managed to capture the fish on video."

Report by Adam Kirby  facebook
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2 August 2017
A record breaking three metre long Blue Shark, Prionace glauca, was caught by angler John Dines off the coast of Penzance, Cornwall.  Weighing in at 116 kg, it was a new British record (beating the previous 58-year record of 214 lb = 97 kg). The shark was returned alive to the English Channel.

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7 July 2017
An unusually captured Jellynose Fish, Ijimaia loppei, was caught on the Porcupine Bank, near deep water, south-west of Ireland. 

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