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was discovered on Rottingdean beach east of Brighton
amongst dozens of dead Starfish, Asterias
of dead Common Starfish,
rubens were found on Seaford Head
beach, East Sussex, and in amongst the rocks as the tide receded.
about sixty, small Goose Barnacles,
anatifera, were discovered on a piece
of wood stranded on Shoreham
Beach (Ferry Road).
hundred Goose Barnacles, Lepas
anatifera, were washed up near River
Sussex, after the gales, some attached to chunks of expanding foam (could
be Buoy Barnacles,
others on pallet and lengths of rope.
badly decomposed Leatherback Turtle,
coriacea, was washed ashore on Selsey
beach, West Sussex. There was much remaining of this large turtle, but
the distinctive outer shell and at least one flipper is seen in the photograph
by Justin Atkinson.
extremely unusual for a turtle up this far east
up the English Channel on the northern coast.
by Justin Atkinson
via Ivan Lang (West Sussex
a hundred small Goose Barnacles, Lepas
anatifera, were seen washed up attached
to a broken plastic fish box on the strandline
of Shoreham Beach (Ferry Road access)
after the recent southerly gales.
the first time I have seen them washed at Shoreham in over 25 years, but
I expect they have been washed up and unrecorded before on frequent occasions.
were the usual millions of Slipper
Limpet shells, frequent Whelk
and Mussel shells, seaweed
and cuttlebones etc.
2006 6:45 to 6:55 am
lesser whirlwinds occasionally occur and I have been caught up in one.
They are not caught on camera very often.
for seen for several minutes off Brighton beach, Sussex. The reports said
it was not a waterspout as the funnel cloud did not reach the sea.
from Caithness (Images)
dived in Brighton Marina in the same area (near the entrance) that the
adult Short-snouted Seahorse,
hippocampus, was discovered in June,
and over a period of a few hours we spotted about a dozen juvenile Seahorses
ranging in size from 10 to 25 mm. They were not all found together. This
looks as if there is a population breeding in the marina.
Seahorses are a protected species in British seas and collection for whatever
reason is illegal.
Dolphin off Shoreham Beach
by kayaker Martin Edmonds (Worthing)
spotted by kayaker Martin Edmonds
the sun below the horizon off Shoreham
hippocampus, was discovered washed
up on the strandline, near Brighton Pier (=Palace
Pier) by beginning of Volk’s Railway (TQ 315038).
finder was a Mr J Chapman.
inshore sea temperature was 19.8 °C.
However, in the central
English Channel the surface sea temperature measured 16.8°C.
Sea Temperatures (Link)
amongst large numbers of Moon Jellyfish
just inside the lock gates at Shoreham Harbour, was an impressive large
150 cm (5 ft) Conger Eel
that seemed quite keen to reach the open sea.
Walks TV company with Charlie Dimmick
filmed on Lancing beach (at the Shoreham end near Widewater),
referred to as Shoreham-by-Sea, featured
with Peter Talbot-Elsden (British
Marine Life Study Society).
documentary focuses on the River Adur and will be broadcast on 22
species expected would be the Common
Seal, Phoca vitulina.
son and I watched a seal
off Hove beach for about a half an hour. We were walking from Hove
Lagoon towards Brighton when we spotted it and it swam parallel to the
shoreline in an easterly direction all the way from Hove Lagoon past the
King Alfred then must have gone out to sea.
was one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of
Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham,
part of the Adur Festival.
World Oceans Day 2006 was bathed in
a heatwave, but the show was over before the warmest day of the year so
far was recorded as the air temperature measured 25.8 ºC at 5:40
pm. The crowds were concentrated in the morning
because of the dubious alternative afternoon attraction of England
versus Paraguay in the World
and Wayne Nevell and Samantha (British
Marine Life Study Society), and Marc Abraham
(PETS) presented the lobster
and large crustacean display, Andy
Horton (BMLSS) with the rockpool aquaria, John Knight and Kathy Eels
(West Sussex County Council
Rural Strategy Unit) with the strandline display, David and Marion Wood
with the shingle flora photographs, Dee Christensen (Nature
Coast Project) with the help of the Beach Wardens, Steve Savage (Sea
Watch Foundation) dolphins exhibit and ORCA (Organisation
Cetacea), the national cetacean group based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Beach Nature Reserve was declared at Adur World Oceans Day 2006.
8 June 2006
sp., was spotted and collected in a bucket
by Edward Wilson (aged 8) near
the entrance of the outer harbour of Brighton Marina, Sussex. The adult
fish of an estimated height of 150 mm (6 inches) was seen to swim away
in a healthy condition. The identification
was confirmed by a photograph. Sea
Horses were regarded as rare from the seas
off Sussex until this year.
Lancing Yacht Club the Mackerel
were jumping out of the shallow water and thousands
of very small fish from 25 mm long were stranded
all over the pebbled beach.
by Pat Bond (Duke of Wellington PH)
miles out of Shoreham Harbour, we saw a large
which played around the yacht for some time and then headed towards Hove
at about 4:30 pm.
extremely interesting report of three Sea
by Southwick fishermen; the fishermen say they
are the first caught for several years and other fishermen are reporting
them in their fixed nets several miles offshore. The
identity of these fish has not been verified personally, but Sea
Horses are known to be rarely captured from
the Sussex coast.
species, one of two, is not known.)
Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden
crustacean on the right was discovered on
the shore at Eastbourne, Sussex.
the Snapping Prawn
and not Axius. Note the absence of the triangular
plate that extends to a minor rostrum between the eyes. It is Alpheus
macrocheles, a scarce species found
on the south coast of the British Isles (in British seas).
Cetacea (Whales & Dolphins)
were out sailing from Brighton Marina on Saturday and we had two dolphins,
(I believe they were Bottle-nosed Dolphin,
truncatus), around the boat. They stayed
around for a while and then headed east.
expedition (push-net) to the sandy shallows of Southwick
beach produced four small
Ammodytes tobianus, but these were so
small that most of these elongate fish would have escaped through the netting.
Small fish fry were caught in the net as well.
by Peter Talbot-Elsden
single Great crested Grebe
with a very white breast was seen diving under the water off Weald Dyke,
Beach, in the shallows on an ebbing tide just below the rock sea defences.
by Noel Cornwall
oiled and very old and worn Grey Seal,
was washed up on the rocky shore at Cuckmere Haven (near the Seven Sisters),
East Sussex. It was at the end of its life span and was euthanised.
Seals are almost unknown off Sussex, where
the Common Seal
is only occasionally seen.
are a southern warm water fish that reach their most northerly point of
distribution in the English Channel and some of the fish may die of cold
during the winter months.
had washed up dead on the beach
west of Grand Avenue Worthing West Sussex, and the fish was beginning to
smell a bit.
bright orange Red Band Fish, Cepola
rubescens, was discovered alive but
in a moribund state in a rockpool on the shore
of Pevensey Bay in East Sussex. This fish is rarely recorded as it lives
in burrows in the sea bed offshore. This is one fish that has been discovered
more often since we have ben recording its occurrence and it seems quite
widespread around the coasts of the British Isles.
by John Cook
Marine Life Study Society News 2006 Winter
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