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Link to an on-line page for younger students of the seashore. Spider Crab and youngsters at Adur World Oceans Day 2002 (Photograph by Duncan Morrison)
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Monthly electronic news bulletin for the marine life of the NE Atlantic Oceans including the seas around the British Isles.
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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.

21 April 2003
A 15 metre long male Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, was stranded alive on the English Channel (le Manche) coast at Oye-plage (west of Dunkerque), France, but it died the following night.
Report (in French)

Giant Goby (Photograph by Nicolas Jouault)19 April 2003
The discovery of a Giant Goby, Gobius cobitis, found in a rockpool above the half tide mark at Les Écréhous, Jersey, was a notable discovery. This goby is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act Schedule 5. It has always been known from the shores of Jersey but it is virtually unknown on the northern English Channel coasts with occasional records from Cornwall only. As it name indicates this goby is a 'giant' amongst the Gobiidae, a family of small fishes. The Giant Goby attains lengths of up to 25 cm. 
BMLSS Gobies

Actinia fragacea (not the one observed) Photograph by Andy Horton15 April 2003
The Strawberry Beadlet Anemone, Actinia fragacea, has been observed discharging eggs in an aquarium. This method of reproduction has been suspected but there have been no observations in print before. 
Full Report Link Reproduction in British Sea Anemones

5 April 2003
Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, is washed up dead on the Norfolk coast. This time a 15 metre long whale became stranded on an isolated sandbank on Stiffkey Marshes (NW of Wells-next-to-Sea). The remote location has meant that even to get a glimpse of the huge cetacean it was necessary to wade in the water. This is a different whale from the one discovered yesterday. 

Newspaper Report
Sperm Whale (Previous Report 2003)
Sea Watch Foundation
4 April 2003
The second Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, of the year is washed up dead on Breasts Sands (a remote sandbank next to Terrington Marsh) on the southern coast of the Wash, East Anglia, to the west of King's Lynn. 
Newspaper Report
BMLSS Cetacea



Link to an on-line page for younger students of the seashore. Spider Crab and youngsters at Adur World Oceans Day 2002 (Photograph by Duncan Morrison)In June 1992,  over 150  Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources.

World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events will occur all around the world on and around this day.

Are you running an event this year?

If you are running a World Oceans Day event this year, please send me details so the information can be out on the World Oceans Day web page. Ideally you will construct your web page for your event, so all I will do is put in an Internet link.

If you do not have any web space, you can still design a web page and it can be uploaded on space provided on the Smart Groups  World Oceans Day eforum.
This forum is for discussion of all aspects of running a World Oceans day event and all marine life exhibitions, including exchange of ideas, resource sources, and mundane matters like Public Liability Insurance.

Adur World Oceans Day 2003
 Event:  Adur World Oceans Day
 Date:  31 May 2003 (Saturday)
 Venue:   Coronation Green
 Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex 
 (TQ 216 050)
 Theme:  Education
 Main Contact:  Andy Horton
 Tel: 01273 465433
 EMail: Glaucus@hotmail.com
 Web Page URL:   Click on this text (*.pdf)

   Adur Exhibition

Adur will be one of the leaders in the United Kingdom when it presents an exhibition celebrating the official World Oceans Day. The event will take place on Saturday 31 May 2003 in Shoreham-by-Sea, on Coronation Green at the start of the Adur Festival



Each month, at least one special marine image will be published from images sent to the BMLSS. This can be of the seashore, undersea world or any aspect of the marine natural world, especially the underwater life, but not restricted to life beneath the waves. Topical inclusions may be included instead of the most meritorious, and images will be limited to the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas, marine and seashore species and land and seascapes.

Poached Egg Shell   (Photograph by Jim Anderson)

Poached Egg Shell   (Photograph by Jim Anderson)

To go back to the Dead Men's Fingers: if you notice a colony with a group of round brown spots on the side of one lobe, you are looking at the egg capsules of the Poached Egg Shell, Simnia patula, a curious snail that feeds on soft corals and sea fans, particularly Dead Men's Fingers.  It doesn't look like a poached egg to me; it is pointed at both ends, and like the cowries (which are close relatives) it has a slit aperture running the whole length of the shell through which the animal protrudes part of its body when it feeds or moves around.  The shell is white or yellow-white, so it does not show up against the white or yellow body of the Dead Men's Fingers; but its egg capsules - which are white when they are laid but later become dark brown - and the chewed patches where it has been feeding are clearly visible, and if you look, you may spot the adult Simnia. It is another western species, which you are likely to see around Devon and Cornwall or Pembrokeshire.


Worm's eggs from Lancing beach (Photograph by Andy Horton)

   The green blobs are the egg case of a worm
    Phyllodoce maculata


The green 'blobs' of Sussex indeed seem to be the same as the ones found in the Netherlands. The Dutch egg-capsules are considered to be the egg-capsules from the Paddleworm Phyllodoce maculata (=Anaitides maculata). This is the opinion of several researchers, who work a lot with worms in general. They check the number of species & specimens of animal life, mostly worms, in a certain amount of sand taken from several places in the Netherlands in different seasons. This is done to give e.g. our government an indication of the "health" of our coasts.
It would be nice if someone would be able to collect these egg-capsules and let them hatch in an aquarium.

Photograph by Richard Lord

The brown blobs are the egg cases of a worm
Scoloplos armiger

Photographed by Richard Lord (Guernsey) on Havelet Beach, east coast of Guernsey on 22 March.  There were thousands of these egg cases on the beach.


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 150K in size.

Link to more marine life photographsClick on the album for more links (On-line link)

Shore Topography Portfolio


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)

Spring Talks Series 2003

6 May 2003
"A fish out of water"
 Sugar, sharks and shuttles - a story of South Florida.
Celebrating human endeavour in the face of extreme environmental challenge.
by Rolf Williams, National Marine Aquarium

All talks are on Tuesdays and start at 7:00 p.m.
at the National Marine Aquarium, Coxside, Plymouth Devon.
Admission Adults £2.50; Children and NMA members £1.50, inclusive of refreshments will be available.

Please reserve your place by calling the Aquarium on 01752 275204


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 **

For more details on the forthcoming talks, please contact Murray Roberts (mailto:mr-t@dml.ac.uk) or tel: 01631 559 000

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.

6 March 2003
Walking the dog whelk - Simon Bray
3 April 2003
ROV deep sea fish watching - Ian Thomas
1 May 2003 
Fishy Tales - Peter Henderson

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


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The British Marine Life Study Society are responsible for producing the journal GLAUCUS, which is the first publication exploring the marine life of the seas surrounding the British Isles available to the general public. 

Change of EMail Address

New EMail addressPlease note that the EMail address for messages to the British Marine Life Study Society has now changed

from bmlss@compuserve.com  to  Glaucus@hotmail.com

Messages to the first address will not receive any guarantee of a reply and from year 2003, the old EMail address is expected to fall into disuse. 


Membership 2003

Current members will have their subscriptions waived for year 2003. An explanation was sent before Christmas. This is because of he computer breakdown and the failure of the full complement of paper publications. 

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