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2011 in Brighton, UK.
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Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata,
washed up dead after the gales in Epple
on the north Kent coast. Following a post mortem, Jon
Brooks, a marine mammal medic and East
Kent co-ordinator of the British Divers
Marine Life Rescue, said: “The cause of
death has been put as combination of dehydration, starvation and parasitic
infestation in intestines and all three stomachs.
whale was in reasonable condition but hadn’t eaten for some time – there
was no food in the gut, which also showed a heavy parasite burden.”
There is a resident population of Minke Whales
in the North Sea.
young Kemp's Ridley Turtle,
kempii, was discovered on the shore
Bay, near Llantwit
Major, on the south Wales coast. This was the first of these young
discovered dead after the gales. These endangered
turtles breed on the coasts of Mexico and are usually found in the Gulf
of Mexico and were thought to have blown across the Atlantic Ocean.
The turtle is likely to have perished in the cold seas.
Bearded Seal, Erignathus
barbatus, hauled out on a dock at Tayport
(on the south coast of the Firth
of Tay, near Dundee), east Scotland. Its arrival followed a spate of
Seal was also seen at St.
(near Aberdeen) about 30 miles further north in November
2011. In view of the rare sightings of this
Arctic seal around the British Isles it is likely to be the same one.
Seals are normally
found all along the European, Asiatic and North American coasts of the
Arctic Ocean. Its food consists entirely of bottom-living animals including
shrimps, crabs, clams, whelks and bottom fish such as flounder. It is a
very unusual seal to be found in the waters around Scotland.
in Scotland (Identification)
Whale stranded dead at Hunstanton
by Sara Evans
16.7 metre adult Sperm Whale,
was washed up dead on Hunstanton
Beach, Norfolk. It attracted numerous sightseers over the Christmas
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Hooded Seal, Cystophora
cristata, was discovered on
the beach at Chapel
Lincolnshire, was taken to the Skegness
Natureland Seal Sanctuary. The explanation for this unexpected arrival
may be because the seal had first been rescued by a Seal
Sanctuary at Friedrichskoog in Germany in August.
2011 and was fitted with a radio
transmitter on its release. The eight month old pup was thin and exhausted
after swimming all the way to Scotland and up to the Orkney
Islands. If she had kept going she would have been on course to get
home to Iceland. Unfortunately she turned round and headed south along
the east coast of England and came to rest in Lincolnshire.
Seal is an Arctic
species and even discoveries off the coast of Scotland, including the Orkney
and Shetland Isles are rare. It congregates to breed around Greenland and
the Denmark Strait
(between Iceland and Greenland) from June to August. For the rest of the
year it tends to be a solitary animal.
interesting large piece of wood was washed up on the strandline
at after storms on low tide at Sennen
Cove, Cornwall: it was completely covered in small to medium sized
closer examination it was found to have a cavity at one end and tucked
into this was a male and a female Columbus
Planes minutus. Small
3-4 mm egg masses and shipworm
holes were also seen which included the rarely recorded Bankia
well as Teredora
made up about 95% of the shipworms in the timber. Under a magnifying glass
and discovered a rare 14 mm pelagic
which has only been recorded
a few times in British seas.
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Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae,
off Sumburgh Head,
the most southerly part of the Shetland Islands.
invasive alien Carpet Sea Squirt, Didemnum
vexillum, has new been discovered
on the shore in Kent. This colonial
ascidian is an invasive
and unattractive smothering species from the Pacific Ocean off Japan. It
has occasionally been recorded in harbours but this is the first time it
has spread to adjoining areas around England.
new to science, a pretty little false cowrie in the family Ovulidae,
was described from the Cornwall Peninsula, England, and compared with Simnia
patula occurring in the same area,
from which it differs in shell- and radula-morphological features as well
as ecological features. DNA analysis suggests that it is a very young species
whose host-specificity to the Pink Sea
verrucosa, makes it a potentially
useful species for monitoring sea-temperature-change.
unprecedented pod of over seventy Bottle-nosed
Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, swam
and leapt around David Lambert's
fishing boat, 12 miles off Brighton,
Sussex. This world not be exceptionally
newsworthy to the south and west of the British Isles, but off Sussex this
is an unusual sighting, even more so during winter.
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Life Reports (Sussex)
Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris,
was observed by surveyors
their vessel about 15 miles south of Worthing,
West Sussex. We had a small group of White-beaked
Dolphins sighted some miles off shore between
back in April
this year. This species often bow-rides so it is interesting that both
local sightings of these dolphins were bowriding. This
species is not normally recorded in the English Channel.
Protection Vote 2010
European Union (European
Commission on Fisheries) officially extended measures to protect threatened
from fishing. Under the amended Regulation, fishing for Porbeagles is now
prohibited in all EU waters, including the Mediterranean Sea, and by EU
vessels fishing in international waters. In addition, if Porbeagles are
caught accidentally, they must now be released immediately.
glauca, was washed up on Camber
Sands, East Sussex. This species is rarely
this far east up the English Channel.
record rod and line caught Almaco
landed by angler Brent
Hanley on a mark near Hanois,
Guernsey, the fish weighed 1 lb 14 oz 3 drm (= 856 grams)
and this beats the previous best for the species by nearly 7oz:
a record set by C.Torode
off Grandes Rocques, back in 2007
with a fish of 1 lb 7 oz 12 drm. It was caught on a bait
of Sand-eels. This
particular was damaged and was only identified by its gill rakers.
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Caribbean fish is rarely recorded in British seas.
specimen was identified incorrectly.
17 metre long Sperm Whale,
was spotted in Kirkwall
Bay in the Orkney Isles.
There were the usual fears that the deep water whale was sick and may become
stranded on the shore. At 1:00 pm
the whale was seen swimming into deeper water.
Anemone Shrimp, Periclimenes
sagittifer, has now been discovered in Babbacombe
Bay, south Devon. This shrimp is symbiotic
the Snakelocks Anemone,
were first discovered around
mainland Britain under Swanage
in 2007. Before
this report, the most northerly sightings were regular reports from around
Peter Evans, Director of the marine research
charity Sea Watch
Foundation, confirmed that a small whale spotted in Mounts
Bay next to the Cornish town of Penzance
was a Dwarf Sperm Whale,
sima, a tropical/subtropical species
that has never before been recorded off the UK coast. This
is the smallest whale in the oceans, little more than the size of a Porpoise.
by Paul Semmens
found three Portuguese Man-o'-War, Physalia
physalis, loads of By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella
Dosima fascicularis, and
Barnacles, Lepas anatifera, at Sennen
hippocampus, was discovered in the
Thames at Greenwich.
discovery suggests a breeding population.
rare Sei Whale, Balaenoptera borealis,
that became stranded on a South
Uist beach near Gerinish, Outer
Hebrides, was out of the water too long and eventually it died. The
deep water whale was about 17 metres long.
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pelagic string siphonophore
(miniature jellyfish-like animal), probably
was seen at Evie
Bay, Orkney Islands,
Scotland. This particular species occurs sporadically
around the British coast, usually some distance offshore.
pelagic hydrozoan is rarely recorded rather than rare.
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