tall black fin appearing above the surface of the water in Plymouth
Sound was thought to be a rare appearance of a Killer
orcinus, off the south west coast
Gallery by Philip
the depth of ten metres off the Dorset coast I discovered my first Common
vulgaris, in thirty years of
diving. This was a very large octopus,
at tip to tip about two metres long and his head was about double the size
of a rugby ball. It seemed about as big as me. Octopuses
are usually nocturnal, but this one was active in the daytime.
Octopus is most easily identified, if discovered
in the English Channel, by having two rows of suckers. A hearsay reports
says they were all wiped out in the cold winter of 1963.
is a southern species at its northern biogeographical limit in winter off
barbatus, was spotted at Lerwick
in the Shetland Isles.
Seals are a non-migratory Arctic species that feed on molluscs including
clams. Visits to the most northerly of the Scottish isles are rare and
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