peanut worm (sipunculid)
nudus which was dug up by a bait digger
Greve Bay on Guernsey's east coast, just north of St.
Peter Port. The animal was about 132 mm long and weighed 33 grams.
Of course, with the extended
it would be longer. It was quick to bury itself.
bait digger revealed on the same stretch of beach the echinoderms
cordatum, and Leptosynapta
inhaerens and the bivalves Ensis
and Dosinia lupinus.
arcticus, was captured in a trawl
Swedish trawler GG 348) at a depth of 200
metres in the northern Skagerrak off the south coast of Norway. The fish
weighed 12 kg and was measured with a total length of 177 cm. The
photograph above shows Swedish fishmonger Svante
Wedin with the elongate fish.
Fish is a
deep water ribbon-fish with only a handful of North Sea coast reports of
this fish on record.
Most records have been in surface trawls or washed up dead on the beach.
This fish swims vertically in the water rising towards the surface with
the deep water plankton and their predators at night and descending during
the day. It feeds
on squids and small fishes.
two metre long Deal Fish,
arcticus, was reported caught by 16
year old angler Vibeke Thomasson at
Sørevågen, Utsira, Norway. The full report includes a photograph
showing the red dorsal fin.
1993 Report (in Swedish)
Red Band Fish (under construction)
eel-like Red Band Fish, Cepola
rubescens, was discovered at the wave-break
as the sea splashed against the shore at Highcliffe, Dorset. The fish was
thrown back into the water and it was seen to swim off.
There infrequently recorded fish lives in burrows offshore and is rarely
seen with occasional live specimens seen out of its normal habitat when
its burrows are destroyed by gales and other disruption. It may not be
as uncommon as the few records indicate because its habitat means that
it is rarely seen alive. There have been even fewer records of this fish
being caught on an angler's line.
oiled and very old and worn Grey Seal,
was washed up on the rocky shore at Cuckmere Haven (near the Seven Sisters),
East Sussex. It was at the end of its life span and was euthanised.
Seals are almost unknown off Sussex, where
the Common Seal, Phoca
is only occasionally seen.
Life of Sussex News
Whale, Physeter catodon,
was spotted near North Shore Road, Skegness
(Lincolnshire) on the North Sea coast during the morning high tide. It
was clear that it was dead after the tide receded.
of the Sperm Whale on Skegness Beach
History Museum took photos and limited samples of two dead Sperm
Whales, Physeter catodon,
in the Wash. Paul Jepson
visited the one at Skegness, quite decomposed,
a male, 14 metres in length. This means at least four Sperm
Whales have been washed up on the East Anglian
coast of Britain in February 2006.
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It is the tenth anniversary
of the Sea Empress Tanker spillage at Milford Haven.
atlanticus, was captured off
the Asturias coast (Spain).
is a large, western Atlantic, beautiful, silvery fish that reach up to
250 cm and weigh up to 161 kg. Reports from off the European coast are
unusual. There are no further details of the capture.
and Photograph by Juan Carlos
the defunct Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Smart
with a blunt head
by David Wilkinson
Fisheries, Commerce & Employment
most extraordinary looking Bass,
labrax, was caught off the coast of Guernsey,
tagged and returned to the sea. Its blunt head looks like that of the Pagrus
Sea Bream and several other fish. This Bass
weighed an estimated 4.5 kg.
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ten metre long Sperm Whale, Physeter
catodon, became stranded as
the tide receded on the Humber estuary mud off Kilnsea,
on Spurn Point,
East Yorkshire. It was first spotted alive at about 10:00
am blowing in the shallow water.
It quickly died as it was left clear of water on the low tide at 3:00
fifty Common Dolphins, Delphinus
delphis, were bow riding our vessel with
four Fin Whales, Balaenoptera physalis,
miles south-west of Dodman Point (above Mevagissey),
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, that
visited Maryport Harbour, north-west
England, was finally released into the open sea. A team led by British
Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) successfully captured the animal,
assisted with a veterinary examination and then released the animal offshore,
where it was joined by two other dolphins of the same species, before strongly
swimming off to safety.
Cetacean Reports 2006
of dead specimens of the Common Starfish,
rubens, were washed up on the beach about a mile and a half to
the north of Tywyn
on the Cardigan Bay coast of north-west Wales.
There seem to be various interpretations of these mass strandings, including
winter storms and changes in water temperature.
Fish, Capros aper,
is washed up alive on at
Chine, Dorset (near Bournemouth). It was thrown back in the sea but
it may get washed up again.
attractive deep water fish is very occasionally washed up alive or found
in rock pools and very occasionally caught by
Although very tricky to keep and only recommended for advanced
marine Aquarius's' these fish make fascinating aquarium fish.
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three metres long White-beaked
Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris,
was washed up dead on the north Scotland mainland
coast, Caithness. It appeared as though it was a fishing capture and it
had been gutted to make it sink. Pods
of forty or so of these dolphins have been seen before off the Scottish
& Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)
metres long Basking Shark, Cetorhinus
maximus, was spotted by the Amethyst
fishing vessel heading in the direction of the Lizard off the south-west
of Cornwall. This appears to be the a very
early winter sighting and the first of the year.
four tonne 5.8
metres long immature female Northern
ampullatus, swam up to central London
and was seen as far upstream as Lambeth
Bridge, Westminster, (within sight of the Houses of Parliament). Three
adult whales were spotted east of the Thames Barrier the day before and
at 8:30 am a
man on a train spotted a whale in the Thames out of the train window. Rescue
attempts by British Divers
Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the authorities are being directed to
persuading the whale to reverse direction and swim back out to sea and
to avoid any further collisions with boats. This is the first time a whale
had been seen so far upstream since records began in 1913.
the second day,
the whale looked in a poor condition and showed no sign of returning to
the open sea. A decision was taken (by
the BDLMR and authorities) to make an improvised
crane the whale on to it and tow the unfortunate sea mammal back out to
the Thames estuary. The prognosis was poor. The
whale died at 7:00
Report & Chronology
notes at London Bridge: High: 6 metres, Low: 1.3 metres (low about midday)
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the speed of response by a professional rescue team is perhaps the most
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four egg cases of the endangered
were discovered on the Sandside shore
near the Dounreay
nuclear power plant, Caithness, west of Thurso and Scrabster
Harbour and John
o'Groats on the northernmost coast of mainland Scotland, the first
records reported to the Shark
Trust and the first records on the
mainland Scotland since these egg case occurrences have been recorded.
Cases of the Common Skate
egg cases measured between 23 to 28 cm long and 13 to 16 cm wide in a dried
state and the first seventeen were discovered in a 15 minute along the
the egg cases are placed in water they expand
Trust Eggcase Hunt
by Paula Gent with photographs
by Davey Benson
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bright orange Red Band Fish,
rubescens, was discovered alive but
in a moribund state in a rockpool on the shore
of Pevensey Bay in East Sussex. This fish is rarely recorded as it lives
in burrows in the sea bed offshore. This is one fish that has been discovered
more often since we have been recording its occurrence and it seems quite
widespread around the coasts of the British Isles.
by John Cook
growths of an invasive species of a didemnid ascidian (sea squirt) called
may* have reached
the east coast of Ireland. It appears that large gelatinous growths
of a didemnid are appearing practically all around the world and have now
cropped up off the north European coasts as well as New Zealand and large
parts of the United States of America. These colonial tunicates are regarded
as a nuisance and one of many fouling organism species that attach to boat
hulls, fishing gear, harbour wharves etc.
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Sides, from Duchas in Ireland says that one
of her tunicate taxonomic friends has found what appears to be a large
non-native Didemnum sp
growing prolifically in a marina on the Irish east coast. (*The
identification has not been confirmed yet.)
Pipefish, Entelerus aequoreus,
photographed at a depth of 25 metres in Scapa Flow in the Orkney Isles
near the wreck of the SMS Koln. There were three of these fish seen.
These pipefish have been caught by Puffins
instead of their normal food of Sand-eels.
The fish might be commoner this year, but more likely the Sand-eels
populations have collapsed causing starvation amongst the Puffin
- 30 January 2006
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truncatus, visited Maryport
Harbour, Cumbria, on the Solway estuary in north-west England. Fishermen
say the dolphin, nicknamed 'Marra',
has been following them off Workington since summer and has always been
on its own. Experts believe he may have followed fishing boats into the
harbour. It has stayed around in the harbour for the month of January,
but although it is feeding, there are fears that there is insufficient
food of live fish in the harbour to sustain a large mammal.
this dolphin was discovered dead on the beach at in Skinburness,
Cumbria, on 20 December 2006.
tuberculata, with a minimum shell
length of 80 mm can be legally collected from the shores of Guernsey.
an Ormer of shell
length 11.75 cm on 18 October 2005
at La Valette on Guernsey's east coast - south of St. Peter Port. I wanted
to find out if this Ormer
was still under the same rock. I was not disappointed. This is the second
time I have found an Ormer
in the autumn which has remained under the same rock through to the New
Year. I did not collect it but hope it survives the Ormer
collecting season which continues during large spring tides until the end
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