MARINE LIFE NEWS 2018

Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the fauna and flora of the NE Atlantic Ocean

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8 June 2018 
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

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21 March 2018
A 12 metres long Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, was discovered washed up recently dead on the muddy beach between Monifieth and Barry Buddon on the north bank of the Firth of Tay on the east coast of Scotland near Dundee


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8 -10 March 2018

Walrus
Photograph by Russell Neave
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A Walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, made a visit to the sea around North Ronaldsay, (the most northern of the Orkney Islands),. The sea mammal was spotted by Lewis Hooper, a volunteer at North Ronaldsay bird observatory. it slowly cruised past The Lurn, close inshore, followed by a big flock of gulls before hauling out for a couple of minutes on a small beach


On the second day and the Walrus hauled out on the rocky beach for a day on the island of Sanday to the south.


The Walrus is an Arctic sea mammal and is only very rarely seen in the seas surrounding the British Isles. It feeds mostly on molluscs

"This is a young one. They are known to roam quite widely for some time before they return to the Arctic. Single individuals, usually males, have been spotted along the Norwegian coast in recent years. One moved in to rest on a small deck in a private marina in Northern Norway last winter, making the access to the boats a bit difficult for some days. Some years ago one even turned up along the Skagerrak coast, and almost made it in to Oslo, Norway."

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27 February - 12 March 2018

Snow on the Beach at Saltdean east of Brighton on the south coast
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High pressure over Scandinavia caused cold air to be drawn in from the Eurasian landmass bringing the cold and wintry conditions over the British Isles, especially to the east of Britain. This was at least contributory to a mass fatality of marine animals scoured from the sea bed and blown on to North Sea shores by the easterly winds.
Beast from the East (Met Office)

Curled Octopuses, Eledone cirrhosa, amongst the
Devastation Gallery by Paul Gammy



 
 
 
 

Lobster Wreck on the Yorkshire Coast
Video (click on the image) by Bex Lynam
Wreck on the Yorkshire Coast
Video (click on the image) by Bex Lynam

Hundreds of juvenile (undersized)  European Lobsters, Homarus gammarus, formed part of the wreck of living and dead crabs, starfish and other marine life that was ankle deep on places on the Yorkshire coast. Hundreds of the prized Lobsters were rescued and placed in holding tanks to be released into deeper water. 
 

Revealed Tank Traps at Kessingland Beach, Suffolk
Photographs by Russ Draper

The gales also scoured away the coastal sand which is a frequent occurrence in winter.

Redcar, North Yorkshire
Photographs by Debbie Janes

The seven thousand year old petrified forest and prehistoric fossilised ammonites were revealed at Redcar on the north east coast.

Petrified Forest
Gallery by by Paul Gammy

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26 February & 5 March 2018

John Coe and Aquarius from the West Coast Community of Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, were spotted by Nick Massett in Dingle Bay, Ireland, heading south. Exactly seven days before they were seen off the north coast of the Isle of Mull, Scotland. 


24 February 2018
A Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was spotted off Towan Head, Newquay, north Cornwall.

22 January 2018
A Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was spotted in the Firth of Forth with the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle BMLSS Cetacea
 
 


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