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coriacea, was found dead, but stranded
alive, at Mundon Creek just off the River
Blackwater in Essex. This was the first
record from the Essex coast.
100 kg of man's debris was discovered in the
stomach of a dead subadult male Sperm Whale,
ashore on the beautiful beach
at Luskentyre, Isle
of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
2.5 metre long Minke
acutorostrata, was discovered dead
by a patrol boat under Battersea
Bridge, near the centre of London.
the muddy inlet known as the Mullet
in County Mayo,
west Ireland, the tide went out so far it stranded
a pod of 13 Common Dolphins, Delphinus
delphis, including four calves. Fortunately,
O'Connor who was on site to assist and refloat
the sea mammals, along with other members of the public, the local NPWS
ranger and the Irish
Coast Guard members. It was five hours before the tide returned and
the nursed and rescued dolphins
all swam away.
by John Moncrief
barbatus, made a visit to Bridge
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 newsworthy.
least three Bluefin Tuna,
thynnus, at Tiumpan,
of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, were very active jumping completely clear
of the calm sea between 11.05 - 11.15 am,
about 800 metes east of the lighthouse.
small Slipper Lobster, Scyllarus
arctus, was caught off south Devon
by the fishing boat FV Hustler.
It was returned to the sea.
arctus is a warm waters species found in the Mediterranean, and in
the Eastern Atlantic from Morocco to the English Channel but is rare north
of the Bay of Biscay. They live on stony ground, in caves, and can
also be found on muddy bottoms or in seagrass beds. They use the
large spade-like scales at the front of the head to burrow into mud, sand
or gravel between and under stones.
Sperm Whale, Physeter
stranded and died at Hellís
Peninsula, Gwynedd. This was an unusual stranding, possibly only the
second calf to be recorded stranded in the UK and also the first Sperm
Whale found stranded in Wales since the routine
recording of strandings began in 1913.
9.7 metre juvenile female Sei Whale,
borealis, was washed ashore dead at
in the Thames estuary.
coriacea, was seen swimming off Brighton,
4.5 metre long, 650 kg adult female Sowerby's
Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens, was
stranded dead on Gullane
beach, East Lothian, Scotland, with an encircling piece of rope around
in shallow water off the Northumberland coast has died. The 13 metre long
mammal was first sighted off Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
and then in the Wansbeck estuary, between Cambois and Sandy Bay. It had
been struggling off shore before the tide went
out, leaving it stranded.
novaengliae, which died after swimming
into the River Thames estaury was hit by a ship, the Zoological Society
of London has said. However, it is not clear whether the wound on the juvenile
female was inflicted before or after the whale's death. The dead whale
was discovered just after 5 pm
in the Greenhithe
of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Mailing Groups
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