MARINE LIFE NEWS 2019

Reports of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives as they affect the fauna and flora of the NE Atlantic Ocean

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8 June
World Oceans Day
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16 November 2019

Bearded Seal
Photograph by John Moncrief Photography  facebook

A Bearded Seal, Erignathus barbatus, made a visit to Bridge End, Burra, in the Shetland Isles. Bearded 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.
BMLSS Bearded Seals

30 October 2019
A Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, calf live stranded and died at Hellís Mouth, Gwynedd, north Wales. This is 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.


c. 3 September 2019
A deep water oceanic Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis  was caught in a net at Bridgwater Bay (mid Bristol Channel). It was only the second record of this tropical fish from around Britain.


August 2019
"Watching birds from Porthgwarra in Cornwall, I followed a pod of Rissoís Dolphins, Grampus griseus, moving west. After they were lost to view, I was still searching through my scope when a large fish jumped out of the sea in the middle of my view. The view was for about a second but I noted the following: about two metres long and powerful looking, large rayed dorsal fin along its back, strikingly melon-shaped, with a blunt forehead. This looks like a Dolphinfish, Coryphaena hippurus." This worldwide tropical fish has not been definitely recorded in British seas before.

Report by Rick Goater  
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There was an unconfirmed previous sighting in the Camel estuary, Cornwall on 1 August 2000.

16 July 2019
The very first BMLSS record of the Scale-rayed Wrasse, Acantholabrus palloni, was video-photographed off the Isles of Scilly. Its prevalence in British seas is not known because of too few reports.

BMLSS Wrasse

8 July 2019
A 2.5 metre long Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, was washed up dead on the extensive sandy west facing beach at Berrrow, between Brean and Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. The early morning unusual discovery was made by Graham Parker.

BMLSS Swordfish

9 June 2019

Skipjack Tuna
Photograph by Ashley Wright

A 50 cm long Skipjack Tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis (=Euthynnus), was discovered stranded up dead on Par Beach, Cornwall. This is a rarely caught species around the British Isles, with the nearest fishery in the Bay of Biscay.

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11 June 2019
A Pygmy Sperm Whale, (V) Kogia breviceps, was washed ashore dead at Ginst Point in Carmarthenshire, SW Wales. It was in good condition and will be examined in London. This whale is a rare vagrant around the British Isles.


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23 February 2019

Portuguese Man o' War at Maenporth
Photograph by Austen Osborne

Colonies of juvenile Portuguese Man o' War, Physalia physalis, have been discovered at several locations between the tides on Cornish shores.

BMLSS Portuguese Man o'War

8 February 2019
A vagrant adult Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophris, showed for six minutes flying above the rough sea off Lizard Point, Cornwall.


 
 
 


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