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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.

16 July 2002
A pod of twenty Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, and three Porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, were spotted by Paul Semmens off Kenidjack, Cornwall  (SW 3632).

14 July 2002
A Spiny Spider Crab, Maja squinado, aggregation at St. Agnes, Cornwall was seen by friends when snorkelling.
Spider Crab on Shoreham beach (Photograph by Andy Horton)And a Spiny Spider Crab aggregation seen by myself at Seatown, Dorset.
Interestingly they seem to be at the same spot I last saw them ten years ago  i.e. straight out from the car park on the line between the sand and the shingle slope.  Most had recently moulted and were all roughly the same size. Their numbers ran into the thousands.  Why they congregate here I don't know.  Just 250 metres down the beach to the west there were none. 

Report by Peter Glanvill
Spider Crabs (Shoreham Beach)

7 July 2002
badly decomposed Cuvier's Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris, was washed up on Gwynver Beach, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall (SW 362275). It was about 5 metres long.

BMLSS Cetacea

4 July 2002
Three Leatherback Turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, were found on three separate Cornish beaches alive at Millook Haven, 6 km south of Bude on the north coast, and Perran Sands (SW 7655), with a dead specimen washed up at on the strandline of Watergate Bay, Cornwall.

Reports from Stella Turk on the Cornish Mailing List
BMLSS Turtles
The Marine Conservation Society have produced a laminated Turtle Advice Sheet (endorsed by DEFRA). The guide contains reports numbers and advice.

Public Exhibition of the Lancing rocky Sea Defence Plan on the seaward side of Widewater Lagoon, Lancing, West Sussex. The most controversial proposal seems to the the inclusion of a seawater pipeline. 

Red Glasswort on the lagoon flood plain in autumn. This colour scheme may be destroyed by a seawater pipeline. (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

Information Page
Search for the Lagoon Cockles (& Sea Anemone)

9 July 2002
Lagoon Cockle (opened with flesh) by Andy Horton.Live small cockles (new recruits of a breeding population) have now been discovered at depths of 20 cm in Widewater, which was about a metre deep near the bridge. This is the Lagoon Cockle, Cerastoderma glaucum, although when the cockles are small (12 mm width) they do not have the shape of the full grown ones, so they initially looked to me like Common Cockles, Cerastoderma edule. Actually, whilst they are alive there does not seem to be an easy way to distinguish them as it is the interior groove differences that are diagnostic. The shell is thinner and the Lagoon Cockle is brittler and the live shell can be easily prised open with a fingernail which is much harder with the Common Cockle, even small ones. The Shore Crab, Carcinus maenas, would find these shells very easy to crack open. 
BMLSS Cockles
The black ooze (mud substrate) also revealed Nereis (ragworms), lugworms and other assorted worms. The tiny gastropod Hydrobia was plentiful as expected. There were also a few sediment-dwelling attachment type sea anemones discovered, although these were not Edwardsia ivelli. At the time of writing, they have not been identified. 

Report by Dan Metcalfe (University of Brighton)

3 July 2002
A very badly decomposed and smelly Sperm Whale, Physeter catodon, is washed up at the beach at historic Hopetoun House near South Queensferry on the Firth of Forth, east Scotland. The 10 metre long whale is estimated to weigh about 8 tonnes, and this posed a massive environmental disposal problem. The beach was closed because of the horrid smell. 

Report in the Daily Record
1997 Forth Sperm Whale stranding

2 July 2002
A pod of nine Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, were seen off Noss (east of Lerwick) in the Shetland Islands early in the morning, heading south. They were later seen off Fladabister (5 miles south of Noss on Mainland) at about 5:30 pm. 
On 12 July 2002, a pod of eight were seen off Sandwick, (a further five miles south of Fladabister) and again off Sumburgh at the extreme south of Shetlands. This may be the same pod?

Click Photograph by Roy Dale to enlarge the view26 June 2002
A jellyfish was discovered alive in a rockpool on Worm's Head, the "wurm"-shaped rock island connected at low tide by a causeway to the western end of the Gower peninsular at the southern end of Rhossili Bay in south Wales. The jellyfish has been identified as the Blue Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii. Inverted the jellyfish was white underneath. It quickly righted itself.
Link to a higher resolution image

Amongst the mixed rocks, another much larger jellyfish was also washed up dead. 
Link to a higher resolution image

Report by Roy Dale via UK Wildlife
BMLSS Jellyfish
BMLSS Cnidaria
Cnidarian Mailing List

22 June 2002
The Phocine Distemper Virus has been identified as the cause of a new increased total of 461 Common Seals, Phoca vitulina, carcasses tested in Denmark, with a further 150 in Sweden and dead seals also recovered on the shores of the Netherlands. 
First Report for 2002
Ananova News Report

The British Marine Life Study Society web pages are available for permanent reference on the CD-ROM. 

The Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:

Sub-directories cannot be accessed directly through this domain. 

Please send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com



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)

Smart Groups was out of operation for one week in June, but it is now working. The Message Archive "Search Messages" facility is promised to be working again during July 2002. 



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)

27 - 28 July 2002
National Whale and Dolphin Watch Weekend
Click here for full details of the National Whale and Dolphin Watching Weekend and how you can get involved.

The Sea Watch Foundation are inviting you to take part in the UK's first ever National Whale and Dolphin Watch Weekend, aimed at providing a snapshot picture of the numbers and variety of whales, dolphins and porpoises to be seen around the British Isles. 

Photograph by Nicolas Jouault

New born Bottle-nosed Dolphin with adult, 19 May 2001, swimming against flood tide, and shallow water
Photograph by Nicolas Jouault, Jersey

Manned Sites

A number of the prime sites will be manned by National Whale and Dolphin Watch co-ordinators. A list of manned sites is available along with contact details for all regional co-ordinators. 
Alternatively, please click an area of coastline on the map on the web site above for more details about the event in that area.
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 4:15 pm
in the SAMS Conference Room ** Followed by the Friday R&R **
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
4th July Camouflage, commensalism and critters
- Alex Mustard
1st August Marine life of SE England - Lisa Browning
5th September Walking the dog whelk - Simon Bray
3rd October
7th November Fishy tales - Peter Henderson

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 extensively tested yet. It proves an interesting introduction, but not a comprehensive guide. For the practical method of trying to put a name to an plant or animal you find in the wild, it is not inclusive enough. 
Available through the Kent Ornithological Society.


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.

Velella (Photograph by Steve Trewhella)

Photograph by Steve Trewhella


NW Cheminee, Les Minquiers (Photograph by Nick Jouault)

NW Cheminee, Les Minquiers 
Photograph by Nicolas Jouault

Les Minquiers is a group of  islands and islets .16 miles south of Jersey and 21 miles north of the French coast. They are noted for their rich intertidal marine life and although not inhabited permanently they receive visitors in the summer months
Directory of Islands

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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Torpedo  compiled by Andy Horton
Background design by Nicolas Jouault

  24 July 2002

Use these links if your are familiar with the scientific classifications of marine life


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