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
young 3.5 metre long Sowerby's Beaked Whale,
bidens, stranded alive at the Port of
of Lewis, Outer
Scotland. The badly injured whale,
which died shortly after stranding, had a fractured jaw and this would
have prevented him from feeding, although otherwise he looked healthy.
Beaked Whale is a rarely seen deep water species.
dactylopterus, was caught in a creel
off the Outer Hebrides,
western Scotland, whilst fishing for Nephrops
a notable capture of a northern deep water small species of fish.
number of fishermen on the Sussex coast are reporting catches of non-native
americanus, and Dungeness Crabs,
magister, in an area in the vicinity
of Brighton on the Sussex coast.
should be retained and it is illegal to return non-native species to the
sea. Report finds to to IFCA
or the MMO.
by George Sutton
crab was caught in nets off Brighton by George Sutton, who also caught
an American Lobster
on 19 June 2015.
washed up dying on Severn
Beach at the mouth of the River Seven where the Bristol Channel narrows.
It was two metres in length, including the long bill.
of jellyfish have been reported off the south-western
and western coasts off Britain, notable off Dorset and Wales. By far the
most noticeable have been the large Barrel
Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus
but also the huge stinging Lion's Mane
Jellyfish washed up at Sandbanks,
by Lisa Harris
diameter of the bell in these jellyfish were up to 75 cm.
Foundation Humpback Whale Sightings Reports
novaengliae, perished after becoming
entangled in rope of the north-east coast of Scotland. A fisherman spotted
the whale near the village of Helmsdale,
but the rescue attempts were thwarted by stormy seas. On the plus side,
there have been higher than normal sightings
of Humpback Whales
around the coast off Britain including one report from the Irish Sea off
hippoglossus, over two metres in length
was captured on rod and line and released off the Lofoten
& Photographs by Paul
novaeangliae, was spotted between the Isles
of Scilly and Land's
End from the Scillonian
III. This rare whale is rarely seen in
British seas, occasionally spotted from ships and boats on the whale's
travels from deep water off Iceland to off Africa. A
was seen breaching
off Mousehole, Cornwall.
Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris,
was spotted swimming off the Needles,
Isle of Wight. This is the first report from this area of sea of this dolphin
although a pod has been reported from Lyme
Bay fifty miles to the west.
& Dolphins in British Seas
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