On-line connection to the British Marine Life Study Society web pages
Index for the Torpedo News Bulletins
Link to the forum for marine wildlife of the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas
GATEWAY:  Further European Links
New EMail address
Courses (Marine Life)
Discussion Groups
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database
National Biodiversity Gateway
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
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)
7-14 years



Monthly electronic news bulletin for the marine life of the NE Atlantic Oceans including the seas and seashore 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.

Red Blenny (Probable), Parablennius ruber. (Photograph by Roy Bridgewater)1 May 2004
A very colourful blenny has made a niche for itself in a crevice on the wreck of the  "James Elgan Layne" in Whitsand Bay, Plymouth, Devon. This is a common small fish known as a Tompot Blenny, Parablennius gattorugine, not the similar but more colourful fish known as the Red Blenny, Parablennius ruber, which has only recently been discovered as an inhabitant of the seas around Ireland and Scotland, could be mistaken for the fish in the photograph on the left. The latter discovery would be newsworthy.
Previous feature in the "Torpedo" News Bulletin
Report, photograph and discovery by Roy Bridgewater and Andy Morris
Comment by Andy Horton (BMLSS)
Swanage Pier Picture Gallery (with Tompot Blennies)

BMLSS Blennies

28 April 2004
A pod of 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, were seen this morning from the Harbour Arm, Hastings, East Sussex. This is the first record of the year off the Sussex coast where dolphin sightings occur from the shore only a handful of times very year. 

23 April 2004
Two Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, are spotted just after midday by local fishermen north of the Brisons, near Cape Cornwall off the far western tip of the Cornish coast. 

SeaQuest SouthWest / Cornwall Dolphin Group
BMLSS Cetacea
Photographs of Cornwall (including Cornish beaches)

9 April 2004
Three Risso’s Dolphins, Grampus griseus, were spotted by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society survey team in the Bardsey Sound, north-west Wales, at around 6:00 pm. Unfortunately, these dolphins were quickly lost in the Bardsey fog last seen heading northwest. Subsequently, we heard reports from locals that eight  dolphins with "big white heads" had been seen that day (about 11:30 am) from the view point at the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula, so just around the point from where we had seen them. This pod was said to have been close in to shore and to have had two smaller dolphins, perhaps calves, in it.

7-8 April 2004
Beautiful but if a not deadly jellyfish, the Mauve Stinger, Pelagia noctiluca, can impart a nasty sting to the unlucky swimmer. They are now being seen around the Channel Islands. I found one stranded in a rock pool by Lithou Island on the east coast of Guernsey on 7 April, 2004 and another stranded in a rock pool on the east coast south of St. Peter Port on 8 April 2004. Strandings of this jellyfish seem to occur often in spring around these islands. They are not common around the rest of the British Isles but there are reports in some years off the south and west coasts, especially off Cornwall.

Photograph ©

BMLSS Jellyfish: Mauve Stinger

8 April 2004
A party of at least 7 Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, were seen off the East Cliffs, Portand Bill, Dorset for much of the day. This pod seems to have been around for most of this spring. 

Supplementary News

After a Management Committee meeting on the brackish water Widewater Lagoon, Lancing, West Sussex, I compiled my final comments on this issue.

Link to the Report and Proposal


All reports by Andy Horton unless the credits are given to other observers or reporters.


Links for News Reports:

Nature Notes Webring

Helford (Cornwall) Marine Conservation Area

Friends of Moray Firth (NE Scotland) News Page

Sussex at Sea News Page

Cornish Marine Wildlife News

Cornish Marine Sightings Archives 2003


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.


Photograph © by Richard Lord (Guernsey)
The Mauve Stinger, Pelagia noctiluca, can impart a nasty sting to the unlucky swimmer. Guernsey 2004.
Photograph © by Richard Lord (Guernsey)

Dorset Photographs:

A Tompot Blenny, Parablennius gattorugine,
with red head lappets (tentacles), 
a colourful variety that seem invariable in the seas off Dorset.
Photograph by Neil Horlock

Swanage Pier Picture Gallery (with Tompot Blennies)


Childing Pink

The rare Childing Pink, Petrorhagia  nanteuilii, is in flower 
on Silver Sands on Shoreham beach in June.
As a seashore plant this qualifies as part of the marine environment.

Photograph by Andy Horton

Shore Topography Portfolio

Shore Topography Series

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.

Shore Topography Portfolio

Link to more marine life photographs

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



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.



Saturday 5 June 2004

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea

Adur will be one of the leaders in the United Kingdom when it presents an Exhibition celebrating the official World Oceans Day. It will be held at the large marquee on Coronation Green overlooking the River Adur.

It will be a unique opportunity to introduce children to the mysterious undersea and seashore world with displays of live fish, lobsters and crabs, and a variety of exhibits on the ocean environment, including talks designed for young students, and video and computer displays and interactive displays and competitions to keep the children occupied. 

There is something for all age groups and experts on hand to answer queries about life in the seas. If you bring the whole family, allow at least a couple of hours to participate in the activities. Refreshments will be available on the green and in the cafes and shops nearby.

Parking is available on Shoreham beach if you wish to take advantage of the walk over the footbridge with a high tide flooding the river and lapping against the banks of Coronation Green from just before midday.

White Marquee for Adur World Oceans Day 2004

The new larger marquee promises to be great improvement to the selection of smaller marquees in use for the last few years. A mains electrical supply is now installed to make for a more consistent and reliable power supply.

Andy Horton
World Oceans Day
British Marine Life Study Society
Glaucus House
14 Corbyn Crescent
West Sussex
BN43 6PQ

Tel: 01273 465433

Email: Glaucus@hotmail.com

"World Oceans Day" Smart Group
World Oceans Day UK Web Page


Adur Nature Notes 2004

Information Request:

Has anyone got details of the 12 volt "continuously rated" (not bilge pumps)  water pumps and the best air 12v pumps available? I will have to buy one for our Adur World Oceans Day display for transport of live exhibits to and from the venue.

The other purpose is to aerate the water for live exhibit transport on boats to land, and in cars from long rockpooling trips.

Details of battery pumps could be helpful as well, but these may not be
powerful enough, and some cheap models can be a bit naff. Suppliers would
help as well.

Replies to Andy Horton


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)


Talks Series 2004

Further Information Link

  Facilities are available for schools, linked to the national curriculum. 

Talks 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 **

12 May 2004- Louise Wilson (SAMS-UHI) - Tidal currents and their influences around Scottish fish farm sites. 
12 May 2004 - Daniel Vincent (SAMS-UHI) - Estimating vertical mixing in a semi-enclosed bay. 
26 May 2004 - Murray Roberts (SAMS) - Coral reefs and carbonate mounds: the ROV Victor-Polarstern expedition to the Porcupine Seabight. 

For more details on the forthcoming talks, please contact Murray Roberts  or Anuschka Miller  Tel: 01631 559 000  Diary

For information contact Dr Hamish Mair  or Anuschka Miller  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.


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). Please confirm that the talk is taking place before arriving unannounced. 


Porthleven (near Helston), Cornwall

Aerial Multimap Location (Link)

Porthleven Old Lifeboat Station    ©  Silver DolphinThe Silver Dolphin marine conservation and diving centre is dedicated to the conservation and protection of all marine life. Click on the image for the full list of events. 

To help protect the marine environment we run a full training programme of conservation courses and PADI scuba diving training.

Ideally placed in the old lifeboat house Porthleven why not come and discover the wonders of the Cornish coastline and underwater world!

Places on the courses must be booked in advance

Tuesday 8th June 2004
International World Oceans Day.
Qualified divers day at Durgan 11:00 am.  A chance to meet fellow divers and get involved in environmentally responsible diving.  There will be a charge of £15 for those wishing to hire kit and £5 for those with their own kit.  Please book by calling the Centre on 01326 572002.

Link for other Activities


There will be a charge of £15 for the try dives and £5 for the snorkelling (if you need to hire snorkelling equipment).  For bookings contact the Silver Dolphin Centre on 01326 572002


The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth have several web pages for information on this new dive site. Please click on the logo for more information. 


 Public Aquaria List


21 August 2003

'Atlas of cetacean distribution in north-west European waters' 

Click on this text for the full information including ordering

Price £17.00 from the Natural History Book Service (www.nhbs.com),
or phone +44 (0)1803 865913. 

Hazardous substances in the European marine environment - Trends in metals and persistent organic pollutants
Topic report No 2/2003 

More Information

Download Page

BMLSS Man's Impact on the Marine Environment



Local shrimper Peter Talbot-Elsden, from Southwick (Sussex), has produced a small booklet called “Shrimping for Food and Fun” about catching the brown shrimp around the coasts of Britain. The shrimps are caught in nets and the book features the various methods, firstly the push-netting seen over the sand in shallow water in spring off the Sussex coast. The famous Morecambe Bay shrimps were originally captured by cart shanker shrimping with a horse and cart in deeper water off the Lancashire coast, later replaced by a tractor. At Formby, they experimented with amphibious vehicles after World War II. Nowadays, most commercial shrimping on the east coast around King’s Lynn trawls from small boats using a net off the stern. Shrimps are often cooked on board.

A complimentary issue of this booklet was sent to BMLSS members. 

The 28 page book contains 40 photographs of shrimping through the ages. It is available through Bookworms of Shoreham and other booksellers and museums at £3.50. 
The booklet is also available through the British Marine Life Study Society, but at £4 including postage and packing. 

Peter Talbot-Elsden manned the shrimp display at Adur World Oceans Day.

(European centre for information on marine science and technology)


The North Atlantic Right Whale
Bunker Hill Publishing
in association with New England Aquarium
ISBN  1 59373 004 7

Expedition to Antarctica's Largest Iceberg
Gregory S. Stone
Published by New England Aquarium


published by
Sound Diving Publications
ISBN  0 9522831 4 X
Available from


Published by the Conchological Society

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 2004
Plans have not yet been finalised for the publications and subscriptions for year 2004. An explanation was sent to members just after Christmas. 

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