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open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included. Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
Bay Rockpool Rambles
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
1-3 March 1999
Tan y Bwlch Snowdonia National
Park Study Centre
Advance registration = £50. Total cost, incl meals = £280
20/21 March 1999
Jeremy Thomason (before 26 February 1999)
20/21 March 1999
Contact: Robin Harvey
Centre covers many aspects of the coastal zone, which include coastal flora
and fauna, marine and inter-tidal archaeology, coastal defence and particularly
coastal instability issues.
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.
Four Risso's Dolphins, Grampus griseus, have been found washed up dead on Cornish beaches this year. Like the Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, which are always washed up at this time of the year, the dead cetaceans showed evidence of fishing net entanglements. Risso's Dolphins have only been recorded on Cornish shores 16 times since 1914. One specimen was stranded at Northcott Mouth, Bude, on the north coast.
Report by Colin Speedie, Seaquest SW.
12 February 1999
1 February 1999
28 January 1999
28 January 1999
23 January 1999 to February 1999
Seal, Erignathus barbatus, Hartlepool Fish Quay, Teesside, January
The photograph clearly indicates a Bearded Seal.
in by Steven Gantlett (Editor of Birding
Bearded Seal (More information)
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A report of dolphins has been received from the Trent at Gainsborough.
Has anybody seen these cetaceans or able to provide any more information?
Mystery Animal (probably a mollusc)
Found at Beer Cove, near Seaton
Colour is best described as a grey(ish) brown(ish), with off-white under parts.
Length: 37 mm Width 17 mm
The underside is similar to the average mollusc (gastropod [i.e. snail-like, or slug-like] or bivalve [i.e. cockle]?), and has a definite separate mouth part.
Hairs around the edge on mine are white(ish).
Shell is'nt hard as in a snail shell, more along the lines of the outer coating of a squash ball, firm but flexible.(This statement has been revised - now reckoned to be a hard shell when taken out of the tank.)
Yes, my creature does move about the tank quite
a lot, but only at night. Once the main lights have gone off and just the
actinic lamp is on , it will stir it'self and get ready to forage, but
will not come out until the tank is in darkness. Even during a spell of
night time watching with a shaded torch, you'll not see much of it. The
instant the light falls upon it, it's off into the rockwork. Sometimes
the lights do catch it out, and then it's like an aquatic greyhoundantennae
in and flat out for it's bolt hole!
I am currently involved in an experimental fishery for Northern Stone
Crab (Lithodes maja) in Nova Scotia and have read that this
species occurs in European waters. I have been searching for anything relating
to this species. It seems very little scientific work has been done on
this side of the Atlantic.
Cotton Spinner Holothuria forskali
The puzzle is the Cotton-Spinner's defensive behaviour.When attacked, it is described as turning its rear end towards the threat and expelling a stream of long sticky white threads forcibly from the anus.
And any sea animal that is lifted from the water into air, whether by a rockpooler or in a dredge, will be extremely alarmed and distressed, so probably almost all Holothuria will eject threads in this situation. If I am right, until diving became common almost every Cotton-Spinner people saw had either been exposed by turning rocks on the shore or brought up in a dredge, and ejected its sticky threads in panic; so this was accepted as normal behaviour at any disturbance.
I have corresponded with one or two people about the Cotton-Spinner, but I would welcome any readers' observations which shed further light on these animals, whether confirming my speculations or not.
Jane LilleyEMail Glaucus@hotmail.com
Invertebrates Shorewatch Biological Recording 1998.
Over 500 pages absolutely packed with information about the wildlife, ecology, topography, manís exploitation, and fishing are all reasonably well written, with a large number of Shetland native names appearing in the text.
The illustrations are by John Busby and their are colour photographs, diagrams and maps throughout the book.
Cover illustration shows Arctic tern and phalarope.
Aquaculture is now more important economically than deep sea fishing .
In Foula the great skua (bonxie) used to be protected
because it mobbed the erne (sea eagle) and prevented it from .
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: Black Goby Gobius niger
The BMLSS will be presenting the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS DAY on 8 June 1999.
Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from March 1999. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encylopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC On-line Internet
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THE MINIMUM STARTING FUNDS REQUIRED FOR THE
PLANNED BMLSS 2000 SITE IS £150 PER YEAR
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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton
24 February 1999
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