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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.

25 September 2002
Off Lancing beach, Sussex, on the seaward side of Widewater, four Undulate Rays, Raja undulata, were seen in the shallow water (4 metres deep). These rays do not seem to be recorded at bathing depths all that often. 
Report by Paul Parsons

22 September 2002
Two Thornback Rays, Raja clavata, 300 mm across the wings were seen in very shallow water (3 metres depth ) off Shoreham beach.
Also an over friendly Greater Pipefish, Syngnathus acus, which coiled around my friends neck, then swam straight into the camera, then swam up to the surface where its mouth came up out of the water!
On two night dives beneath the Palace Pier, Brighton, we found small groups of Squid, Alloteuthis subulata. Their colours changed very quickly from white/transparent to speckled red. Many (20) Little Cuttles, Sepiola atlantica, were seen with a pair were captured on film possibly mating or fighting?
A red Tub Gurnard, Chelidonichthys lucerna, was seen under the Palace Pier.
And finally by sliding my hand under its belly, Lesser Weever fish Echiichthys vipera: I counted a good dozen in approximately two square metres, quite worrying as I had my hand on the sand to steady myself whilst photographing Little Cuttles.

BMLSS Sharks and Rays
BMLSS Octopuses and Squids

18 September 2002
Flying Gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans, was caught in a scallop dredge by the F.V. Natalie B, skipper Steven Frank Hatton, out of Newlyn, Cornwall, in 70 metres of water 9.7 miles east of Wolf Rock off the south-west coast of Cornwall. It is only the second specimen of this tropical fish caught in the seas around Britain. The previous fish was also caught off Cornwall. 
It was  described by Robin Turner (Newlyn) as about 30 cm (1 foot) long with large scales and a colour olive green flecked with brown, small ventral mouth, two large spikes pointing down its back and two bony protrusions from its jowls. The pectoral (side) fins were very large. 
It is not actually a gurnard although it looks very similar: it belongs to the Order Dactylopteriformes, family Dactylopteridae (gurnards are Scorpaeniformes, family Triglidae).

A bright orange starfish, Echinaster sepositus, was caught in a bottom gill net  near the south-west corner of Guernsey in over 30 metres of water. The fisherman, Ken Robilliard, who caught it and has fished for 25 years says he had never seen this species before.

Previous Report
BMLSS Starfish

c. 11 September 2002
Bearded Seal, Erignathus barbatus, was found near Leenane (the entrance is Killary harbour), in south County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland. This is the first record of this Arctic seal for Ireland.

The female seal was found at the head of the fjord (Killary harbour) on a grass verge,
beside the bridge in Leenuan, (53° 60'N, 9° 50'W) calmly watching the children go to school. She is 1.5 meters in length, close to 60 kg (best estimate).

11 September 2002
Between the 4 September and 10 September, 209 dead Common Seals, Phoca vitulina, were reported around the UK bringing the total to 1005 since the beginning of the Phocine Distemper Virus outbreak. 890 of these were from around the coast of England, predominantly from the Norfolk coast with smaller numbers reported from Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Northumbria and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Sea Mammal Research Unit
Phocine Distemper Virus among European Seals 2002
BMLSS Seal News

10 September 2002
Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, put on the show for visitors, in Fistral Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, with between 8 and 10 dolphins shooting along on the waves with the surfers and leaping out of the water, all this was set in front of a beautiful sunset.

About six miles out of Whitby, Yorkshire, we had two sightings of Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, which I believe were two separate individuals. However on the way back, again NNE from port and six miles out between about 17.00 and 17.30, we saw at least five Minke Whales with four in view at one time. We also saw at least twenty small pods of Harbour Porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, with two to five individuals a pod.

BMLSS Cetaceans

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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.

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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)

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 **


Argyll CollegeInformal talks are hosted by SAMS on FRIDAYS at 16.30 in the Conference Room.  These talks are given by researchers based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory and at other research institutes throughout the UK and abroad. They present the very latest developments in marine science and technology.  All the talks are open to members of the public and are available via video conferencing links. 
  • 20 SeptemberJose Gonzalez-Vecino (SAMS - UHI). The use of nucleotide-enriched diets for fish broodstock nutrition. 
  • 4 October - Cesar Ribero (SOC). Tidal modulation of gravitational circulation in an estuary. 
  • 18 October - Murray Roberts (SAMS). Studying the hidden world of cold-water coral reefs - development of the SAMS photo lander 
  • 1 November - Christine Campbell (SAMS). Algal biotechnology 
  • 15 November - Martin Doble (SAMS). Processes at an advancing Antarctic Sea ice edge. 
  • 29 November - Jeremy Wilkinson (SAMS). Sea ice and convection in the Greenland Sea 
  • 13 December - John Gordon (SAMS). 30 years at sea - inshore to offshore fisheries research at SAMS 
For more details on the forthcoming talks, please contact Murray Roberts (mailto:mr-t@dml.ac.uk) or tel: 01631 559 000


OCEANOGRAPHICAL ASPECTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE MEDITERRANEAN - European Federation of Marine Science and Technology Societies (EFMS).  Athens, 27 - 29 September 2002.  Organised by The Hellenic Oceanographers' Association.  For more information see http://www.efmsts.org

Southampton Oceanography Centre back to Southampton Oceanography Centre Homepage

A series of monthly talks on marine conservation topics
These talks are open to the public, admission is free.

3 October 2002: Filming Underwater Wildlife Colin Froud

7 November 2002: Fishy Tales Peter Henderson

5 December 2002: Walking the Dogwhelk Simon Bray

2 January 2003: t.b.a.

6 February 2003: Seabirds in Hampshire, UK, and beyond Russel Wynn 

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception. Southampton Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village). 

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.

Rhizostoma Jellyfish (Photograph by Emma Seaman)

August 2002
We found four of these big blue jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus, in August washed up on the shoreline of the River Teign between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth in Devon. My husband has size 9 feet, so you can tell they were pretty big!

Report by Emma Seaman

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.

Tub Gurnard (Photograph by Paul Parsons)

Tub Gurnard, Chelidonichthys lucerna
Photograph by Paul Parsons


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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  27 September 2002

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