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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.
10 metres long Sperm Whale, Physeter
macrocephalus, was washed up alive on the north-east side of Trondra
(opposite Scalloway Harbour) in the Shetland Isles. The whale managed to
refloat itself the following day, but as often happens with these strandings
the whale beached itself again in the original location.
third issue of the Shorewatch newsletter for 2001
was sent to members of the British Marine Life
Study Society. It has a special feature on the Triggerfish.
October 2001, the Lobster called "Barney"
was released into the Plymouth Sound Marine Conservation Area.
was first reported on 28 August 2001 when
William Cooper of the Kaspia restaurant in
London's Mayfair received a European
Lobster, Homarus gammarus, 96 cm long in the normal delivery
from Cornwall. Because of its exceptional size it was presented to London
Aquarium. This is one of the largest lobsters ever caught. We have
one record of a specimen 126 cm long, but even the very large ones that
are occasionally caught are usually less than 1 metre in length. It weighed
over 6 kg (about 14 lb).
Tuna, Thunnus thynnus with a reported weight of 435 kg (960
is caught on road and line by Adrian Molloy
of Kilcar, off Donegal, Ireland. The angler
claims this as the largest fish caught around the British Isles, exceeding
the giant fish of 386 kg (851 lb) caught from a Whitby boat in 1933
when Tuna were a regular catch in the North Sea.
from Richard Lord (Guernsey)
from the Daily Mail
Site (with an excellent photograph and lots of information)
the important Bronze Age Timber Circle that was recovered from the seashore
at Holme, Norfolk, is to be saved and conserved for future generations.
The conservation programme, fully funded by English Heritage, will take
place at the Flag Fen archaeological centre
near Peterborough. The "Seahenge" timbers have been precisely dated to
spring 2050 BC and 2049 BC using pioneering dating techniques.
pools on the English Channel coast in the late autumn small specimens
of the Ballan Wrasse,
frequently discovered. This young first year fish are usually a bright
emerald green in colour, although pillar box fish are occasionally found.
green specimen in the photograph was photographed by Ben Sampson and caught
in Langstone Harbour, Sussex. Although Ben correctly identified this fish
as the Ballan Wrasse, he was puzzled by the similar appearance of the Green
Wrasse, Labrus viridis, (Fishbase
entry) reported from the Mediterranean
by Andy Harmer (link)
14 metre long female Sei Whale, Balaenoptera
borealis, was washed up alive at Cockerham Sands, Lancashire
on 28 September
but quickly died. It was then washed out to sea again and it then drifted
northwards across the Morecambe Bay to Chapel Island, Ulverston. The decomposing
carcass drifted to Greenodd Sands where it was photographed by Andy
Harmer on 13 October 2001.
The Sei is a deep sea whale and records of strandings are rare.
commercial fisherman, Rick Ferbrache, caught a 63 mm (2.5 inch) long brown
Short-snouted Seahorse, Hippocampus
hippocampus, in a parlour crab pot while fishing 1.5 miles north
west of Pembroke off Guernsey's north coast.
five years of extensive summer survey work for marine mammals in the Moray
Firth off the east coast of Scotland, we discovered a pod of seven Risso's
Dolphins, Grampus griseus, including a mother and calf, in the
outer southern Moray Firth. This species is not attracted, to boats but
it is also not one of the five commonest dolphins
seen around the British Isles. It is rather a rare discovery in British
List (NE Atlantic)
large (38 kg) and beautiful fish called the Opah, Lampris guttatus,
was landed by a commercial fisherman (MFV Seagull out of Srabster)
trawling for cod and ling at a depth of 250 metres west of the Shetland
Isles. This is an epipelagic fish, which it inhabits the surface waters
off the Continental Shelf. This means that accidental catches and strandings
of this fish are rare by British fishermen or washed up on remote shores.
There has even been records of this fish caught by anglers up to 58 kg.
This fish has been recorded to depths of 400 metres.
Record from the Porcupine Bight
young (1.5 metre long) Thresher Shark found at Gunwalloe Fish Cove, on
the Lizard, Cornwall has been confirmed as a Bigeye
Thresher Shark, Alopias superciliosus. This is the first
record of this species from shallow British waters.
British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent
reference on the CD-ROM.
Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:
cannot be accessed directly through this domain.
URL access was faulty during the last month, but it has now been restored.
send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
chronological order, the most recent events are at the top of the page.
Events open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included.
Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
Marine Biology Course for
Adults: Distance Education and Field course
7NF7 MARINE BIOLOGY
20 credits at Level 1
10 week Internet based course followed
by 1 week residential field course
overall aim of this course is to familiarise students with the basic principles
that rule life in the ocean and provide an understanding of the variety
of marine ecosystems found throughout the world. By examining the physical
and chemical conditions organisms experience in different oceanographic
regions we will learn how marine organisms are adapted to the intertidal
zone, the open ocean, the deep sea, coral reefs and polar seas. The course
will be taught by providing lecture material on the world-wide web (WWW).
This material will be supported by web-based asynchronous conferencing.
A one week residential field course in Scotland will then be held to put
theory into practice. Students are required to have access to the WWW and
have email* and must attend field course.* All students are given free
access to on-campus computing facilities. **Includes accommodation fee
for field course.
Anuschka Miller, BSc, MSc, PhD and Dominic McCafferty, BSc, PhD
£350** ILA available
Dr Dominic J. McCafferty
Department of Adult and Continuing
University of Glasgow,
St Andrew's Building,
1 Park Drive Glasgow G3 6LP
Tel: 0141 330 4394 Direct Line: 0141
Fax: 0141 330 3525
on benefits may be eligible to have their fees waived
here on how to book your place
further details contact enquiries
or visit the DACE website
In The Oceans: Exploring Our Blue Planet
Code : S180 Level
: 1 Points : 10
Start date End
date UK fee*
Feb 2002 see
description £65 no online registration -
No residential school
course is only available in the United Kingdom.
This new course
is linked to the spectacular 'Blue Planet' BBC TV series.
It will use
a variety of media to address the following questions:
• What are the
challenges of living in the oceanic environment, and how have marine organisms
adapted to cope with them?
• Why do some
parts of the ocean continually teem with life while others have seasonal
bursts of activity?
• How do marine
ecosystems differ from terrestrial ecosystems?
• How have our
ideas about the deep ocean environment evolved?
And why do discoveries
in the abyssal depths continue to amaze us?
In working towards
answers to these questions, you will see that to understand life in the
oceans we need to consider not just marine biology, but geology, chemistry
and physics - the shape of the ocean basins, the chemistry of seawater,
and ocean tides and currents, all play crucial roles in shaping the marine
environment. The final section of the course looks at modern fishing techniques
and their far-reaching consequences for marine life, and considers what
might be done to ameliorate the present critical situation.
The course has
been written assuming that you are new to science, and introduces new scientific
ideas as you need them. However, if you have already done some science
at school, college or elsewhere, you will find opportunities to explore
some topics further. The course should help you to develop a variety of
skills, which become more sophisticated as the course progresses, and there
are questions to help you check your understanding as you go along.
Conference Calendar for Zoology
Link of all biological conferences around the world)
deep coral reefs
on our doorstep
Williams & Jenny Mallinson
past and present
of inner space
For more information, contact:
Tel: 023 80 596299
to Southampton Oceanography Centre
of Ocean and Earth Science
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Dolphin with a juvenile, Tursiops truncatus
by Nicolas Jouault
Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group
Sea Watch Foundation is the only charity in Britain dedicated to monitoring
the status and distribution of cetaceans in British and Irish waters in
order to obtain information vital to their future survival.
extensive programme of specialised survey work is enhanced by a unique
sightings network of volunteer observers throughout the UK which provides
data essential not only for basic research, but also for evidence crucial
in the conservation and protection of these marine animals.
work leading to the formation of the Sea Watch Foundation began back in
1973 with zoologist Dr Peter Evans. Realising just how little was
known about cetaceans in British and Irish waters, Dr Evans developed a
network of volunteer observers - the Cetacean Group - with backing from
the Mammal Society.
Whale & Dolphin Group web pages
Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group
Islands (Marine Mammals)
on the Dolphin links to a BMLSS Cetacean
web page on the Internet for links to dolphin watching sites in the
NE Atlantic Ocean and around the British Isles as well links for lots of
whale and dolphin reports.
Whale watching information was included in previous issues of Torpedo,
but the bulletin has now been streamlined to avoid repetition.
of the Page
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Environment and Planning
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
the NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN
PAGE (LINK TO)
|Forum for discussion
about the marine life of the North-east Atlantic Ocean, including the
North Sea, English Channel and all the seas around the British Isles including
Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France,
Spain and Portugal.
page can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over
identification, concerns about environmental issues etc.
eForum is participated in by members of many groups studying the marine
environment. Go to menu bar above and click on Database and then on Marine
Life Organisations to find a list of web sites.
and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document Vault and should not
exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).
THE DISCUSSION GROUP ABOUT MARINE FISHKEEPING
ON THE LINK IN THE ABOVE BOX AND JOIN
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Smart Groups (selected)
on the Forum
messages sent to the Smart Groups eforums/mailing lists are stored in an
archive. This means that later researchers can search the messages under
the subject he or she is interested in and find all the messages with this
text in. Group members are encouraged to always use scientific names as
well as common names for each message to facilitate later searches. The
Search messages method is simple and works better with a single word entry.
pholis and Paralipophrys
contrast and comparison between these two blennies was the subject of some
messages on the Wet
comparison messages (link)
Photographic Guide to the
Sea & Shore Life
of Britain & North-west Europe
(Oxford University Press 2001)
0 19 850709 7
0 19 850041 6
Creatures of the
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
Wildlife News 2001
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
is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin.
It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore.
Écréhous stone and peat area of unusual shape and formation? or just tidal
Vielle" (The Old Rock) is the rock in the distance, High Water mark is
above the black line, sea washes over top some winters, the peat site is
about 3 metres below High Water. (Channel Islands)
by Nicolas Jouault
general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of the
shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant fauna,
and information that cannot be described adequately by words on the Report
ON THE EYE TO REVEAL THE
by Paul Parsons (Lancing)
name of the particular coast should be included and the grid reference,
if known. Print photographs can be included in Exhibitions
and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic publications. Electronic images
in *.JPG format can also be considered for the web site. They should not
exceed 100K in size.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC
On-line Internet Guide.
are more entries on the GATEWAY pages of the BMLSS
Web Site and on the Torpedo File on the
web site (click on this text).
SPONSORS ARE INVITED
FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2001
SITE PAGE LINKS
the two column version of Torpedo (from issue 28)
pages are not designed for the default settings on the Page Set-ups of
your browser. I recommend viewing in Internet Explorer 5 and altering the
right and left hand columns in the Page Set-up menu to 9 mm (from 19 mm).
page set-up can also be amended in Netscape Composer, and this has the
advantage of enabling the specified number of pages to be printed and the
information about the file (name, path, date) to be deleted.
FULL MEMBERS 1999/2001
2000 issue of Glaucus with 48 information
filled pages has been sent out to members.
to Torpedo who wish to receive the written material on paper in the journal
and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application
new Premier Membership for the year 2000 also entitles the member to the
Official BMLSS CD-ROM, which will contain the BMLSS web pages
and more information about marine life, together with a selection of other
exclusive marine life information, electronic back copies of BMLSS publications,
and the full version of TORPEDO
Electronic News Bulletin sent to them every month by Email, as well as
the other BMLSS Electronic Information Services. The CD-ROM
will also contain useful shareware and freeware programs, and should be
at least as good value as a computer magazine CD-ROM for the second aspect
work of the BMLSS is funded by entirely by member's subscriptions and we
do not receive any grants.
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