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by John Moncrief
barbatus, made a visit to Bridge
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
Sperm Whale, Physeter
stranded and died at Hellís
Mouth, Gwynedd, north Wales. This is an unusual stranding, possibly
only the second calf to be recorded stranded in the UK and also the first
Whale found stranded in Wales since the routine
recording of strandings began in 1913.
3 September 2019
deep water oceanic Tripletail,
was caught in a net at
Bay (mid Bristol Channel). It was only
the second record of this tropical fish from around Britain.
was an unconfirmed
previous sighting in the Camel
estuary, Cornwall on 1 August 2000.
birds from Porthgwarra
in Cornwall, I followed a pod of Rissoís
griseus, moving west. After they were
lost to view, I was still searching through my scope when a large fish
jumped out of the sea in the middle of my view. The view was for about
a second but I noted the following: about two metres long and powerful
looking, large rayed dorsal fin along its back, strikingly melon-shaped,
with a blunt forehead. This looks like a Dolphinfish,
worldwide tropical fish has not been definitely
recorded in British seas before.
very first BMLSS record of the Scale-rayed
palloni, was video-photographed
off the Isles of Scilly. Its prevalence in
British seas is not known because of too few reports.
2.5 metre long Swordfish,
washed up dead on the extensive sandy west facing beach at Berrrow,
between Brean and Burnham-on-Sea,
Somerset. The early morning unusual discovery was made by Graham
cm long Skipjack Tuna, Katsuwonus
pelamis (=Euthynnus), was discovered
stranded up dead on Par
Beach, Cornwall. This is a rarely caught
species around the British Isles, with the nearest fishery in the Bay
Pygmy Sperm Whale, (V) Kogia breviceps,
was washed ashore dead at Ginst
Point in Carmarthenshire,
SW Wales. It was in good condition and will be examined in London. This
whale is a rare vagrant around the British Isles.
Man o' War at Maenporth
by Austen Osborne
of juvenile Portuguese Man o' War, Physalia
physalis, have been discovered at several locations between the
on Cornish shores.
Portuguese Man o'War
vagrant adult Black-browed Albatross,
melanophris, showed for six minutes
flying above the rough sea off Lizard
Marine Life News 2018
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