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Details of the availability of the new disc will be available to British Marine Life Study Society members as soon as possible. 


Reports 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.

30 March 2002
The small patch of loose sponge-covered flint rocks with small bits of chalk at Lancing beach, Sussex, proved unusually rich in small rockpool life at the very low tide (TQ 018 034).
Katherine Hamblett spotted and Tacita French caught a Tompot Blenny, a small fish that is unusual between the tides. I made hundreds of visits to the shore before I ever caught one. 

Photograph by Ray Hamblett

The best buckets to use to temporarily house small fish and crabs for inspection are light in colour. Fish will suffocate if left in a bucket for too long on a hot day. The fish should be returned under rocks so they are safe from marauding gulls.
Click on the fish for identification

Photograph by Ray HamblettEven more amazingly Ray Hamblett discovered a small Montagu's Sea Snail, Liparis montagui, (a small fish) underneath a rock. This is a small orange fish and although I had never ever discovered one on thousands of visits to the shore. I immediately recognised it as this fish is actually known to breed off Lancing. This was discovered by the late John Barker and the species confirmed by fish expert at the Natural History Museum Alwyne Wheeler. The children discovered over a dozen rock pool fish of four species to much excitement, as well lots of different crabs

Furthermore, the beach was home to five species of sea anemones including large Dahlia Anemones and frequent Snakelocks Anemones, enough to identify this location as the most easterly regular location of this sea anemone on the northern English Channel. The discoveries included a Pimplet Anemone, Anthopleura ballii, another anemone species that has never been recorded this far east before.

23 - 24 March 2002
A pod of between 30 and 40 Pilot Whales, Globicephala melas, became stranded, or nearly stranded, at near Camp in North in Tralee Bay, County Kerry, Ireland, and were prevented from beaching and helped back out to sea. 18 of these whales (actually dolphins with a bottle-shaped head) perished, but many were coaxed back into the sea on the first day. On the following day, 10 to 12 whales were spotted the shallow water of Fenit Harbour, but they did not become beached and the Fenit lifeboatmen were able to escort them back into deeper water. 

Information from Paul Peachey (Independent Newspaper)
One of the female whales gave birth as the lifeboatmen preventing it from beaching. 
Additional information from Derek Day
In the authentic report, the calf was bodily lifted by a farmer and put back into the sea. 
Information completed by Dave Wall (Irish Whale & Dolphin Group
via UK Cetnet
Full Reports
BMLSS Cetaceans

22 March 2002
A pod of six Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, are seen from the Fetlar ferry in the Shetland Isles. (Fetlar is an island in the north-east of the Shetlands.)

21 March 2002
About twenty dead  Lesser Octopuses, Eledone cirrhosa, were scattered over a stretch of about 200 metres of Killiney beach, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Report by Leo Dungan sent in by Jim Wilson
BMLSS Octopus page

20 March 2002
Vernal Equinox at 19:03 GMT (UT).

c. 18 March 2002
A badly composed whale is washed up on Saligo Bay (NR 209672) on the west coast of Islay, Argyll, the outermost island of the Inner Hebrides. The whale has been identified (needs to be confirmed) as Cuvier's Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris, which is a deep water whale rarely seen alive and rarely washed up on the most westernmost shores of Britain and Ireland. 

News: Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Co. Sligo, Ireland 2000)

18 March 2002
After a few days of gales a large standing of Common Cuttlebones, Sepia elegans, is a reasonably common on Cornish shores. However, the stranding of over 100 cuttlebones on Polperro beach, south Cornwall included seven specimens of the rarer species Sepia orbignyana.

Report by Jon Makeham
BMLSS Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish Pages (Matt Stribley)
17 March 2002
Thousands of Common Starfish, Asteria rubens, are washed up on the beach at Holkham, Norfolk, on the east coast of England after sustained north-easterly gales.  BMLSS Echinoderms

c. 14 March 2002
After a sustained period of north-easterly gales, there was a massive stranding of marine animals and weed on the Yorkshire shore (north-east England) between Fraisethorpe and Barmston (East Yorks: Holderness). The most noticeable of the animals washed up were hundreds of thousands of starfish mostly of the Common Starfish, Asteria rubens, but other species were present. The list of interesting animals washed up included decapod crustaceans including Lobsters that were still alive, crabs etc., a wide variety of fish, sea anemones, polychaete worms, molluscs including octopuses, porpoises, seals and tonnes of seaweed. This is the largest stranding recording on these web pages. 

Report by N V Proctor (University of Hull)
Full List of Species
Strandline & Beachcombing Page

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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.

This page can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over identification, concerns about environmental issues etc. This 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. 

Photographs and illustrations are best uploaded to the Document Vault and should not exceed 75K in size (*.JPG).

Andy Horton (Manager)


In 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

BIOSIS  Conference Calendar for Zoology
(Major Link of all biological conferences around the world)



After nearly 10 years, the Coelenterate Society returns to the shores of the Menai Strait and the School of Ocean Sciences at Menai Bridge, Anglesey.  You are warmly invited to attend and to present your current Coelenterate research interests, however broad.  New postgraduate students are especially invited to come along and give posters and papers at this
varied, friendly and informal meeting. 

We intend to offer a one day meeting of 20 or 30 minute verbal presentations on Saturday 13th April 2002, and space will be provided for poster presentations for viewing over tea and coffee.  Proceedings will probably begin at 10.30 am. The Ocean Science Lecture Theatre is medium sized and has facilities for 35 mm slides, overhead projection, video projection and Powerpoint. 

A pub lunch will be available in the quayside Liverpool Arms. 
Reasonably priced accommodation is available in Menai Bridge within walking distance of the School of Ocean Sciences, at either the Liverpool Arms (Tel 01248 712453), The Victoria Hotel (01248 712309), Anglesey Arms Hotel (01248 712305) or at a variety of bed and breakfast which can be booked through the North Wales Tourist Board (Tel  01248 713177).  Anglesey is easily reached from the M6 by the A55 (car parking is no problem), and by rail from Crewe.  The London - Euston rail service should take under 3.5 hours, and Menai Bridge is a short taxi ride from the station. 

Full details of the School of Ocean Sciences at the University of Wales Bangor, and how to find us are available from the World Wide Web at 
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/visitors.php and http://www.sos.bangor.ac.uk

We would be grateful if you could return the attached response slip by email or post by 15th March 2002 to indicate your interest.  Please feel free to pass on this invitation to your colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you in Menai Bridge!

John Turner, Simon Davy, and Leonie Salmon.
EMail: ospa14@bangor.ac.uk

SAMS Seminar Series

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA

Tel: 01631 559000 Fax: 01631 559300 Email: mail@dml.ac.uk

For more details/how to find SAMS see our website: http://www.sams.ac.uk

Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held on Fridays at 4.15pm
in the SAMS Conference Room ** Followed by the Friday R&R **
25 January Rebecca Dean 
Sediment metal concentration around fish farms - naturally contained or a cause for concern?
22 February Eric Breuer


Comparison of sediment oxygen uptake rates determined by in-situ microprofiling and shipboard/laboratory incubations from contrasting marine environments.
5 April Pei Sun Loh
Contribution of terrigenous organic carbon to total organic carbon in Scottish Sea Lochs.
19 April Dr Lukas Keller
(University of Glasgow)
In breeding depression in natural populations.
3 May Clara Morri
North Atlantic deglaciation.
17 May Dr Michael Burrows
Foraging in an ecosystem context - does behaviour matter?
31 May Johanna Fehling
Amnesic shellfish poisoning in Scottish waters.
14 June Jose Gonzalez-Vecino
The use of nucleotide-enriched diets for fish broodstock nutrition.
28 June Dr Eric Fouilland
Primary production in the Clyde.
12 July David Nairn
Mechanoreception in halibut larvae
9 August Aditee Mitra
Of Microbes and Models.....
23 August Dr Kate Willis
Toxicity of sea lice medicines to non-target marine copepods.
6 September Sarah Swann
Fish otoliths a mine of information?

Southampton Oceanography Centre

Marine Life Talks 2002
Southampton Oceanography Centre
3rd January  Dorset marine life - Ken Collins
7th February Rocky shores - Roger Herbert
7th March  Experiments with salt water - Ken Collins
4th April  Artificial reefs - Antony Jensen
2nd May  Biscay whales & dolphins - Andy Williams
6th June  Human history underwater - Nick Flemming
7.30pm first Thursday of every month

All welcome, entry by free ticket only. Children under 12 must be
accompanied by a responsible adult. Please send s.a.e. to:
  Daphne Woods at SOES, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH.
Stating the DATE, TITLE of the TALK, and NUMBER of tickets required. Entrance to Southampton Oceanography Centre is through Dock Gate 4, please ask for a map if required. Free parking on site, wheelchair access and facilities for those with disabilities. 
For further information contact Daphne on 023 8059 5075 or
email dw1@soc.soton.ac.uk 

For more information, contact:
Jenny Mallinson
Tel:  023 80 596299
More Information Link
Map to Southampton Oceanography Centre

Diary Page (Link)


The 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.

There are more entries on the GATEWAY pages of the BMLSS Web Site. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to reduce the size of this file. 

Quick reference links:
 GATEWAY:  Links
 GATEWAY:  Further European Links
Courses (Marine Life)
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database 
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day



This CD-ROM has not been tested yet. 
Available through the Kent Ornithological Society.
Further details in next month's TORPEDO Bulletin. 


Edited by C. Howson and B. Picton
Ulster Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
About £27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)

The project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography. The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification books.

Now available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.

MCS books On-Line

BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)


This 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.

Even 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 Cards.

Dahlia Anemone, Urticina felina (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

Dahlia Anemone, Urticina felina, from Lancing Beach (see above)
Photograph by Ray Hamblett

The 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.

Click on the album for more links (On-line link)

Shore Topography Portfolio

Printing the two column version of Torpedo (from issue 28)

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