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'It is difficult when watching the little beasts, not to trace human parallels. The greatest danger to a speculative biologist is an analogy. It is a pitfall to be avoided - the industry of a bee, the villainy of a snake .'
(John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, Chapter 11).
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In chronological order, the most recent events are at the top of the page. Events open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included. Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
14 January 1998 (Thursday)
at The Senate Room, University of Liverpool
0151 794 4089
19 January 1999
Coastal Management Information & Management
20/21 January 1999 (Wednesday, Thursday)
of London, Russell Square, London.
Devon Wildlife Trust
Bay Rockpool Rambles
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the flora and fauna of the NE Atlantic Ocean.
31 October 1998
Plymouth: National Aquarium Link to Official Site
Blue Spiny Spider Crab, Maja squinado, crab caught off Jersey. It's now living happily in a friend's aquarium. It's 95 mm across the carapace and is a habitat in it's own right with two species of anemone, sea mat, at least two species of sponges as well as the barnacles living on it's carapace. The size of the barnacles seem to indicate that it hasn't shed it's shell for some time. Another oddity is that it has both male and female characteristics and is what local fishermen charmingly refer to as a 'puffter'!
A bright blue specimen of the Velvet Swimming Crab, Necora puber, was collected by a diver at Thatcher's Rock, Torbay, Devon in the spring of 1998. Also a bright red specimen of this swimming crab was collected by Jon Makeham from the shore at Looe in October 1998.
We also had another Seahorse bought up on a lobster pot - the usual species Hippocampus hippocampus but this time a male. He has gone to the Seahorse Centre now at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to join the three females from Jersey who went there in February. Fingers crossed for the patter of tiny prehensile tails.
(Report and photograph by Sue Daly
I just love that, Here's another story I have been brought up with from
a youngster regarding puffters, or strangers as they are more generally
Never forget, these are genuine "fishermans tales"
from Bob Alexander (Weymouth)
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I've been picking up dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, up off the beach in Cornwall since
1991. I keep records of every fish I find, and I take most of them home
with me, either to eat (they are always fresh) or to hang up to dry, their
skin goes hard and leathery and they make good ornaments (outside). They
wash in after Christmas when the sea temperature has dropped, in significant
numbers (the most I found was 55 on Constantine Bay). My theory is that
they can't take the drop in sea temperature, although they always wash
in after! a storm and ground sea, so perhaps its the rough weather they
find difficult? By the way, they are also a common by-catch in lobster
pots during the summer months.
Requests for Information:
Stalked Jellyfish (British species) by Jon Makeham
Do you have any reliable information as to the usual diet of the CornishSucker Lepadogaster lepadogaster ?
In favour of the little fishes of the sea.
Christmas Book List.
The West Briton weekly newspaper, environmental column by Richard
The Christmas Book List for 1998 can be found in the December 1998 Aquarist & Pondkeeper magazine available in all good newsagents.
The "Christmas Book
List" is a "members only" electronic service,
although the Booklist will be uploaded to the web site in January 1999.
Reviews by Andy Horton
A New Series as part of the TORPEDO initiative is now planned for 1999. This will feature a selected species of fish, crab, molluscs, sea anemone or some other invertebrate every month. If you wish to receive this service please indicate.
Originally, this service was planned for 1998. Try the following web pages:
Featured Species Trial DataBase: Common
Goby, Pomatoschistus microps
The BMLSS will be presenting the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS DAY in July 1999.
Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from April 1999. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton
26 November 1998