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
November - 7 December 2018
borealis, that visited the harbour
of Hobro (Ørnedalsbugten,
an area of the Mariager
Fjord waterway that travels from Hobro to the Kattegat
sea), Denmark, eventually perished. It looked emaciated and ill and it
made no attempt to swim away to the open sea.
by Justin Pollard
washed ashore dead at Pevensey
Bay, East Sussex, was discovered to be an unexpected White-beaked
albirostris, that is not normally
found this far east up the English Channel.
How to report a stranding
the debris washed ashore on Chesil
Beach, Dorset, included Goose Barnacles,
anserifera, Lepas pectinata and Lepas
hilli, and the rarer pelagic species Concoderma
griseus, was spotted swimming in the
(tidal tributary of the River Humber) over 30 miles away from the North
Sea. Any dolphin
would be a surprise that far upstream of a substantial estuary but the
pelagic Risso’s Dolphin is
usually only seen to the west and north of the British Isles and does not
normally inhabit the North Sea.
Fisk caught the southern fish known in England
as the Pompano
(also called a Derbio),
ovatus, during a fishing competition off
Beach, Dorset. It weighed 216 grams (7.6 oz). Other fish caught
at the same time were Garfish
is a warm water fish that is only rarely seen or caught in British seas,
a moderately common shoaling fish in shallow water in areas of surge in
Sea and the adjacent Atlantic shores.
This small fish (up to 35 cm long) is found in clear waters over sand or
mud bottoms in the surf zone and also caught by anglers from rocky shores
from the Bay
of Biscay southwards.
of Large Crabs
large Edible Crabs,
pagurus, were landed at Littlehampton,
Sussex, from 25 miles offshore in the English Channel. The largest
one weighed 4.4 kg (9 lb 4 oz) with a carapace width estimated
at about a foot (300 cm).
by Neil Philips
unexpected discovery of an all white Beluga
leucas, seen actively swimming in
the narrow part of the estuary of the River
Thames, was first spotted by ecologist and
ornithologist Dave Andrews,
who said it had been feeding around barges near Gravesend
in Kent. The video showed the whale looked in healthy condition despite
being thousands of miles from its normal home in Arctic seas.
are sociable toothed whales and a very agile like dolphins which enables
them to catch fish and crustaceans. Their nearest normal habitat is Arctic
seas, of Russia, north of Norway, where they need their echo-location to
avoid the pack ice and to find blow holes and to come to the surface in
open sea to breathe.
Telegraph Day 3 Report
black fin appearing above the surface of the water in Plymouth
Sound was thought to be a rare appearance of a Killer
orcinus, off the south west coast
Gallery by Philip
the depth of ten metres off the Dorset coast I discovered my first Common
vulgaris, in thirty years of
diving. This was a very large octopus,
at tip to tip about two metres long and his head was about double the size
of a rugby ball. It seemed about as big as me. Octopuses
are usually nocturnal, but this one was active in the daytime.
Octopus is most easily identified, if discovered
in the English Channel, by having two rows of suckers. A hearsay reports
says they were all wiped out in the cold winter of 1963.
is a southern species at its northern biogeographical limit in winter off
barbatus, was spotted at Lerwick
in the Shetland Isles.
Seals are a non-migratory Arctic species that feed on molluscs including
clams. Visits to the most northerly of the Scottish isles are rare and
of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Mailing Groups
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