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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.

1 September 2002
11:50 am Radio 5
Brevity on the Giant Squid including the exhibition at the National Aquarium, Plymouth
BMLSS Molluscs

28 August 2002
Helen Selvey of Polzeath Voluntary Marine Wildlife Area, has found those small 'green-eyed monsters' for which Paul Gainey has been seeking as he would like to photograph them. When she placed a large freshly dead Root-mouth JellyfishRhizostoma octopus in a vessel of seawater, from under it swam a few dozen specimens of a small 12 mm amphipod crustacean called Hyperia galba. They are always associated with one or other of the species of jellyfish, living under the shelter of the umbrella (often within the gonad cavities)  where they are sought by some species of fish. There are only three records on the species database for Cornwall, the latest being 1928 with a 'Plymouth area' record for 1953.  Of course not many people would look for them, but the influx of jellyfish represents a good opportunity - so please 'phone me on 01209 712069 if you find any and can keep them alive in a container in a cool place.

On 28 July 2002, I found a hyperiid amphipod with the jellyfish Cyanea lamarcki, which was captured off L'Ancresse beach on the north coast of Guernsey.
Information from Richard Lord (Guernsey)
From the Palace Pier, Brighton, we saw two jellyfish moving very slowly. They were very large we estimated them to be about 130 cm (4-5 feet) in a diameter, a large white dome, medusa with a dark rim, with strange white panel type of things below and then short pale blue tentacles. This is the species Rhizostoma octopus This species has been very common this year. 
NB. this size may be overestimated.
Report by Kelly Tebb
On 26 August 2002 a species of this jellyfish was seen over deeper water at the Waldrons, off Littlehampton, Sussex.
Report by Paul Parsons
BMLSS Jellyfish

28 August 2002
La Société Guernesiaise Cetacean Section Report
As many as 20 Long-finned Pilot Whales, Globicephala melas, are reported by Channel Television's Nicky Bougourd and team off Fermain, on Guernsey's south-east coast (Channel Islands, English Channel). The animals which included juveniles were observed between 9:30 am and 10:30 am following a tip-off from Deputy Harbour Master Tony Pattimore who had spotted them on the Search and Rescue CCTV.  The result was some stunning film of these magnificent creatures, which are believed to be possibly on migration as they are normally seen in July, August or September.  However sightings are confined to 2-3 per annum and this one was exceptional due to the number of animals observed.  Nicky Bougourd saw 12 animals, around 6 metres in length.  Some of them were smaller juveniles. The pilot whales rested motionless at times, and then dived down for periods. They were not feeding according to the crew. Their usual diet is cephalopods, including squids.
There was a smaller group also observed at 10:30 am for 20 minutes off St.Martin's Point of about 6 animals together with some smaller dolphins by Ron Wilton, Ellen Wood and family aboard the "Selika". These could have well been part of the same group.  The Herm Travel Trident also observed the Pilot Whales in the Little Russel, between St. Peter Port, Guernsey and the island of Herm.
Reporters:  Nicky Bougourd CTV, Ellen Wood, Tony Rive and Tony Pattimore.
Original report and excellent footage shown on "Channel Television" BBC Southwest.

La Société Guernesiaise Sightings Web Pages
BMLSS Cetacea

23 August 2002
A seal, probably a Common (or Harbour) Seal, Phoca vitulina, is spotted off Lancing beach between the breakwaters at high tide by the Golden Sands Caravan Park. It was mistaken for a dog at first which is often the case. Seals are a rare sight off the mid Sussex coast, but a few have been seen off Shoreham before. The nearest rookery is a small group of seals in Chichester harbour which are occasionally seen around Kelsey (Seal Island).

Sussex Marine Life
Adur Valley Nature Notes 2002

22 August 2002
Up to five Minke Whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, are seen between Mallaig and the Isle of Eigg (west Scotland) and one adult whale was breaching one mile off the Isle of Rum. This Minke was reported twisting during at least one of the twenty breaches, leaving the water completely at times. A breaching Minke Whale was seen in subsequent days north west of  the Garvellachs near Oban.

BMLSS Cetaceans

18 August 2002
Whilst fishing about a mile ESE of Bournemouth pier, Dorset,  we saw an Ocean Sunfish swimming slowly with its dorsal fin out of the water. We followed it and observed it for several minutes whereupon it slowly dived and was lost to sight. The fish was approx.' 1.5 metres tall. 

Report by David Wilson

Gull with Pipefish (Photograph by Nigel Knight)

       Gull capturing Pipefish

17 August 2001
An unusual sight on the Helford River, Cornwall,  I was alerted by gulls 'working'  in an area of the river to the east of Golden Gear and stretching across the river to Trebah and as far down river as Boshan. They were diving and catching fish,. Interested to see what they were feeding on I stayed in the area and was able to see that they were catching Greater Pipefish. I counted at least 25 pipefish caught by gulls, but there were many many more.

14 August 2002
Henry Altenberg saw a large Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, over 2 metres in length, six miles off Coverack, Cornwall. It was attacking a large jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus, which it pushed to the surface and  threw in the air with a quick flick whilst grabbing a mouthful of 'jelly flesh'.

Report by Paul Gainey via Stella Turk on the Cornish Mailing List
BMLSS Turtles

13 August 2002
Tests on dead Common Seals, Phoca vitulina, found on carcasses from the coast of Lincolnshire and Norfolk have confirmed they died from the Phocine Distemper Virus. The British outbreak was confirmed by the RSPCA after five dead seals, including three pups, were found around the Wash.


4 August 2002
We found four large stranded jellyfish on the beach at Marazion, Cornwall. Perhaps this is common, but we were very impressed by their purple colour, size and density; we think they were about 60-80 cm diameter. The photograph showed a white jellyfish which was Rhizostoma octopus.

Report  by John Stevens

Jellyfish Report from the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

4 August 2002
Quite a few largish Compass Jellyfish, Chrysaora hysoscella, around just now (15 cm diameter) seen close to my local pier (West Loch Roag) - I saw six actively swimming ones in an area about 100 metres square.

More interesting is the reported death and destruction wrought on Salmon farms on the east coast of Lewis by small jellyfish clogging the salmon gills. A fish farmer claims its a foreign species introduced by ballast water, but I need to try and confirm this. Apparently they are 'solid down to 15 metres' so there must be a lot of them; allegedly the mortality is so great that local facilities for disposal are overwhelmed and they have to take them to Shetland for disposal!

Report by Paul Tyler
 30 July 2002
Over the past  five weeks during shore surveys on the west coast of Scotland, two specimens of the Blue Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarcki were seen: in the Sound of Jura and near Loch Ewe in Wester Ross. Both were under 10 cm in diameter and a vivid blue. Today, a report reached me of a diver who was stung on the wrist off the island of Canna, probably by this species, and spent two and a half painful days in hospital. This species is much more unpleasant than the common reddish-brown Lion's Mane Jellyfish, Cyanea capillata and seems to be much less common.
Report by Robert Harvey
BMLSS Jellyfish
Jellyfish Stings

29-30 July 2002
The Daisy Anemone, Cereus pedunculatus, has been discovered by Paul Parsons off the outfall pipe near Brooklands boating lake east Worthing, West Sussex.. I (Andy Horton) have discovered this sea anemone (that contains symbiotic algae) on Worthing beach on one memorable occasion, but at the moment this seems the most easterly discovery of this sea anemone on the northern English Channel coast and shallow seas. 
BMLSS Sea Anemones
Adur Nature Notes

27 - 28 July 2002
National Whale and Dolphin Watch Weekend

Report on "Marine Mammals of the English Channel Smart Group

27 July 2002
I saw several (at least 4) 'Root-mouth' Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus, in the vicinity of August Rock bouy near the entrance to the Helford, Cornwall, in the morning. All seemed to be swimming strongly in the direction of Maenporth. Some were on the surface and then sunk as I approached and were swimming some just over 3 metres (10 feet) below the surface.

Late July 2002
A large number of jellyfish are washed up on the beach at Gwithian Towans nr Hayle, Cornwall. There were three different types but have been unable to identify them. One was clear with tentacles and ranged in size from small to very large (bigger than a football), another was ball sized with tentacles and brownish colour to the main body and the other type was fist sized, no long tentacles and blue in colour.
Report by Judy Soothill
My first best guesses are the following:
Barrel Jellyfish  Rhizostoma  octopus (=R. pulmo
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish  Cyanea capillata
By-the Wind Sailor   Velella velella

BMLSS Jellyfish
BMLSS Cnidaria

19 July 2002
42 Rhizostoma octopus, Root-mouth Jellyfish, carefully counted, were on the shore at Polkerris near Par, Cornwall, with 50 in the shallows.  About the same time 30 were on Par Beach.
These were the top numbers beached, but elsewhere they were in up to ten on many Cornish shores.  Offshore they were in large shoals  but less easy to count. But more that one person said they are present this year 'in hundreds if not thousands'.

Report from Stella Turk
More Reports

Summer 2002
Little Egrets,  Egretta garzetta, have nested in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, for the first time on record, with a minimum of nine young in three nests, with a probable six nests in total. Jersey has over 150 birds around the coast during the winter months. Little Egrets only arrived in Jersey just over 10 years ago. 

Information from Michael Dryden - La Société Jersiaise.

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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)

1 September 2002
11:50 am Radio 5
Brevity on the Giant Squid including the exhibition at the National Aquarium, Plymouth.

7 September 2002
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

FREE Seashore Safari & Beach Clean

The Marine Biological Association with PYPA21 and BTCV
Discover the wealth of marine life that lives on your doorstep at Batten Bay, near Plymouth

Marlin Learning Zone


21 -22 September 2002
Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

The Autumn field trip of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society is this year being held at Rhoscolyn, based at the Outdoor Alternative field centre, which is providing laboratory space and has self catering accommodation available.
Everybody welcome

Exposed steep shore - 15 minutes away
Sheltered rock and sandy shore - 5 minutes away
Impounded Inland Sea with a variety of habitats - 10 minute drive
Boat diving - pinnacles just offshore from Rhoscolyn (excellent)
Shore diving - 15 minutes drive.

Outdoor Alternative can be found at Rhoscolyn village at the southern end of Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales. Check out the web site at

A RIB diving boat has been booked for the weekend, all diving is weather dependent (especially exposed to NW, W and SW). 

Accommodation has been reserved already, please contact Paul Brazier to confirm a place at the centre or for further information about local accommodation by 31 August 2002.

Please contact Paul Brazier to register your interest on:
Telephone 01248 600963 (eve) or e-mail P.Brazier@ccw.gov.uk

6th Annual EEA (European Elasmobranch Association) meeting
Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September 2002

Shark and Ray Meeting

The Shark Trust is hosting an exciting weekend of slide presentations, many by top international and British shark and ray experts.  For your interest, please see the presenter and poster list below. 

This weekend will be of particular interest to all those involved in marine research and fisheries - as well as all ardent elasmobranch enthusiasts! You are welcome to come for a day or the whole weekend. 

The 6th Annual EEA (European Elasmobranch Association) meeting will take place in the stunning National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff from the evening of Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September 2002

To help our planning please send us your booking forms as soon as possible.  Forms can be printed off the EEA section on our website (http://www.sharktrust.org) and must be sent with visa details or a sterling cheque to: Shark Trust, National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 OLF, UK. 

For your information, places and accommodation are limited – so we advise you to book now to avoid disappointment!

Booking Forms

Details of all the Presentations

BMLSS Sharks

11 September 2002
The Buckland Foundation Lecture
Fish Conservation and the Design of Fishing Gear
by Dr Dick Ferro
Head of Fishing Technology Group, The Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen

at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Douglas Herdson
Information Officer
National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
Plymouth  PL4 0LF
Telephone: (+44)01752 275216/01752 600301
Fax: (+44)01752 275217
Email: Douglas.Herdson@national-aquarium.co.uk

Marine Conservation Society 
Annual Conference
Saturday 26 October 2002

The Marine Conservation Society Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Museum, Edinburgh on Saturday 26th October 2002. Whether you are a marine life 'expert' or simply interested in finding out more about life in our seas - this conference is for you.

Many marine life matters will be discussed, and ideas on protecting our seas put forward. What new species are being grown in fish farms today? How will climate change affect our marine life? How can individuals make a difference to conserving fish stocks? Why do turtles visit UK seas? These questions will be covered in the programme of eminent speakers.

Advance booking is essential, and tickets are available from the Marine Conservation Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5BU. A full programme will be available at http://www.mcsuk.org. The day rate of £35.25 includes refreshments and lunch.

[1] The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's national charity for
the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife. Since its
formation in 1983, MCS has become a recognised authority on marine and
coastal conservation and is regularly consulted by Government for its views
on a range of marine issues. MCS provides information and guidance on many
aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide, as
well as promoting public participation in volunteer projects and surveys
such as Adopt-a-Beach, Seasearch and Basking Shark Watch. For more
information: www.mcsuk.org

for more information please contact:
Marine Conservation Society, 9 Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire,
HR9 5BU Tel: 01989 566017 Email: info@mcsuk.org
Further information: Richard Harrington, Tel: 01989 561585 Email: richard@mcsuk.org

Richard Harrington
Communications Officer
Marine Conservation Society
9 Gloucester Road
01989 566017

Visit our website at http://www.mcsuk.org

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK Charity dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife.

Sender: richard@mcsuk.org
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 **
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
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


Secret Life of Rock Pools (Video)

Secret Life of Low tide (Video)

"The secret life of low tide" was filmed over 3 years for the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, the Marine Conservation Society and the WildlifeTrusts. 

This video is an information packed guide to rockpooling, giving details on how to find the intertidal marine life. 

Presented by marine biologist, Julie Hatcher, this production is an essential guide for anyone interested in life on our shores. With over 50 marine animals and seaweeds this is a very informative video.

Recommended for the younger viewer by Andy Horton


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.

A raft of Moon Jellyfish (Photograph by Alisdair Gurney)

A raft of Moon Jellyfish
Photograph by Alisdair Gurney

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.

Torbay Sea bed (Photograph by Paul Parsons)

Photograph by Paul Parsons

Clicking on the picture links a to higher resolution image on-line


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

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