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disc contains the British Marine Life Study Society web pages and other
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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.
small patch of loose sponge-covered flint rocks with small bits of chalk
at Lancing beach, Sussex, proved
unusually rich in small rockpool life at the
very low tide (TQ
and Tacita French
a Tompot Blenny, a small fish that is unusual
between the tides. I made hundreds of visits to the shore before I ever
best buckets to use to temporarily house small fish and crabs for inspection
are light in colour. Fish will suffocate if left in a bucket for too long
on a hot day. The fish should be returned under rocks so they are safe
from marauding gulls.
on the fish for identification
more amazingly Ray
Hamblett discovered a small Montagu's
Sea Snail, Liparis montagui, (a
small fish) underneath a rock. This is a small orange fish and although
I had never ever discovered one on thousands of visits to the shore. I
immediately recognised it as this fish is actually known to breed off Lancing.
This was discovered by the late John Barker and
the species confirmed by fish expert at the Natural History Museum Alwyne
Wheeler. The children discovered over a dozen
pool fish of four species to much excitement, as well lots of different
the beach was home to five species of sea anemones
including large Dahlia
Anemones and frequent Snakelocks
Anemones, enough to identify this location as the most easterly
regular location of this sea anemone on the northern English Channel. The
discoveries included a Pimplet
Anemone, Anthopleura ballii, another anemone
species that has never been recorded this far east before.
- 24 March 2002
the female whales gave birth as the lifeboatmen preventing it from beaching.
authentic report, the calf was bodily lifted by a farmer and put back into
pod of between 30 and 40 Pilot
Whales, Globicephala melas, became stranded, or nearly stranded,
at near Camp in North in Tralee Bay, County Kerry, Ireland, and were prevented
from beaching and helped back out to sea. 18 of these whales (actually
dolphins with a bottle-shaped head) perished, but many were coaxed back
into the sea on the first day. On the following day, 10 to 12 whales were
spotted the shallow water of Fenit Harbour, but they did not become beached
and the Fenit lifeboatmen were able to escort them back into deeper water.
pod of six Killer Whales, Orcinus
orca, are seen from the Fetlar ferry in the Shetland Isles. (Fetlar
is an island in the north-east of the Shetlands.)
twenty dead Lesser Octopuses, Eledone cirrhosa, were
scattered over a stretch of about 200 metres of Killiney beach, Co. Kerry,
Equinox at 19:03 GMT (UT).
18 March 2002
Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Co. Sligo, Ireland 2000)
badly composed whale is washed up on Saligo Bay (NR
209672) on the west coast of Islay, Argyll,
the outermost island of the Inner Hebrides. The whale has been identified
(needs to be confirmed) as Cuvier's
Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris, which is a deep water whale
rarely seen alive and rarely washed up on the most westernmost shores of
Britain and Ireland.
a few days of gales a large standing of Common
Cuttlebones, Sepia elegans, is
a reasonably common on Cornish shores. However, the stranding of over 100
cuttlebones on Polperro beach, south Cornwall included seven specimens
of the rarer species Sepia orbignyana.
Pages (Matt Stribley)
of Common Starfish,
rubens, are washed up on the beach at Holkham, Norfolk, on the east
coast of England after sustained north-easterly gales.
14 March 2002
List of Species
a sustained period of north-easterly gales, there was a massive
stranding of marine animals and weed on the Yorkshire shore (north-east
England) between Fraisethorpe and Barmston (East Yorks: Holderness). The
most noticeable of the animals washed up were hundreds of thousands of
mostly of the Common
Starfish, Asteria rubens, but
other species were present. The list of interesting animals washed up included
including Lobsters that were still alive,
etc., a wide variety of fish, sea
polychaete worms, molluscs
and tonnes of seaweed. This is the largest stranding
recording on these web pages.
& Beachcombing Page
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the NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
PAGE (LINK TO)
for discussion about the marine life of the North-east Atlantic Ocean,
including the North Sea, English Channel and all the seas around the British
Isles including Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands,
Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal.
page can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over
identification, concerns about environmental issues etc. This eForum is
participated in by members of many groups studying the marine environment.
Go to menu bar above and click on Database and then on Marine Life Organisations
to find a list of web sites.
and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document Vault and should not
exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).
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
Conference Calendar for Zoology
Link of all biological conferences around the world)
ANGLESEY. SATURDAY 13th APRIL
nearly 10 years, the Coelenterate Society returns to the shores of the
Menai Strait and the School of Ocean Sciences at Menai Bridge, Anglesey.
You are warmly invited to attend and to present your current Coelenterate
research interests, however broad. New postgraduate students are
especially invited to come along and give posters and papers at this
friendly and informal meeting.
intend to offer a one day meeting of 20 or 30 minute verbal presentations
on Saturday 13th April 2002,
and space will be provided for poster presentations for viewing over tea
and coffee. Proceedings will probably begin at 10.30
am. The Ocean Science Lecture Theatre is medium
sized and has facilities for 35 mm slides, overhead projection, video projection
lunch will be available in the quayside Liverpool Arms.
priced accommodation is available in Menai Bridge within walking distance
of the School of Ocean Sciences, at either the Liverpool Arms (Tel 01248
712453), The Victoria Hotel (01248 712309), Anglesey Arms Hotel (01248
712305) or at a variety of bed and breakfast which can be booked through
the North Wales Tourist Board (Tel 01248 713177). Anglesey
is easily reached from the M6 by the A55 (car parking is no problem), and
by rail from Crewe. The London - Euston rail service should take
under 3.5 hours, and Menai Bridge is a short taxi ride from the station.
details of the School of Ocean Sciences at the University of Wales Bangor,
and how to find us are available from the World Wide Web at
would be grateful if you could return the attached response slip by email
or post by 15th March 2002
to indicate your interest. Please feel free to pass on this invitation
to your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Menai Bridge!
Turner, Simon Davy, and Leonie Salmon.
Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory,
Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA
Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300
For more details/how to find SAMS
see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk
Unless otherwise stated, seminars are
held on Fridays at 4.15pm
in the SAMS Conference Room
** Followed by the Friday R&R **
(SAMS / UHI)
metal concentration around fish farms - naturally contained or a cause
of sediment oxygen uptake rates determined by in-situ microprofiling
and shipboard/laboratory incubations from contrasting marine environments.
of terrigenous organic carbon to total organic carbon in Scottish Sea Lochs.
breeding depression in natural populations.
(SAMS – UHI)
in an ecosystem context - does behaviour matter?
(SAMS / UHI)
shellfish poisoning in Scottish waters.
(SAMS / UHI)
use of nucleotide-enriched diets for fish broodstock nutrition.
production in the Clyde.
(SAMS / UHI)
in halibut larvae
(SAMS / UHI)
Microbes and Models.....
of sea lice medicines to non-target marine copepods.
otoliths – a mine of information?
Life Talks 2002
marine life - Ken Collins
shores - Roger Herbert
with salt water - Ken Collins
reefs - Antony Jensen
whales & dolphins - Andy Williams
history underwater - Nick Flemming
welcome, entry by free ticket only. Children under 12 must be
by a responsible adult. Please send s.a.e. to:
Daphne Woods at SOES, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14
the DATE, TITLE of the TALK, and NUMBER of tickets required. Entrance to
Southampton Oceanography Centre is through Dock Gate 4, please ask for
a map if required. Free parking on site, wheelchair access and facilities
for those with disabilities.
further information contact Daphne on 023 8059 5075 or
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC
On-line Internet Guide.
are more entries on the GATEWAY pages of the BMLSS
Web Site. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to
reduce the size of this file.
This CD-ROM has
not been tested yet.
the Kent Ornithological Society.
in next month's TORPEDO Bulletin.
NOW AVAILABLE WITH
DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING
by C. Howson and B. Picton
Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
£27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an
ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically
according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography.
The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful
on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up
a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification
available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for
professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities
for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin.
It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore.
general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of the
shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant fauna,
and information that cannot be described adequately by words on the Report
name of the particular coast should be included and the grid reference,
if known. Print photographs can be included in Exhibitions
and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic publications. Electronic images
in *.JPG format can also be considered for the web site. They should not
exceed 100K in size.
on the album for more links (On-line link)
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