May 2005
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

Norwegian Marine***

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Scottish Association for Marine Science

Silver Dolphin Centre, Helston, Cornwall



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.

5 May 2005
The first Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of the season is reported by a fisherman half a mile north of Sennen Cove, Cornwall (near Land's End).

BMLSS Basking Sharks

30 April 2005 to 3 May 2005
A Bearded Seal, Erignathus barbatus, is seen at Easter Quarff (north of Cunningsburgh), Mainland, Shetland Isles.

Image (by John Coutts)

NB: Bearded Seals are a non-migratory Arctic species that feed on molluscs including clams. There has now been at least a dozen records from the Shetland Isles and one record of this seal off Ireland and one off Hartlepool in north-east England. 
BMLSS Bearded Seal page

24 April 2005
A ten metres long Sperm Whale, Physeter catodon, drifted ashore in Gearraidh, Isle of Skye. It was seen earlier alive, but it was dead when it was washed up. 

Report from Wild Skye
BMLSS Cetaceans

12 April 2005
At 9.00 am a stranded Blainville's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris, was discovered and subsequently identified at Ameland, part of the Dutch Wadden Islands by Chris Smeenk and colleagues. The animal was a female 435 cm long and she turned out to be pregnant, a 118 cm foetus was retrieved from the uterus. This record represents the first for the North Sea and only the 8th record for Europe. 

Full story and images on the ORCA website
BMLSS Cetacea (Whales & Dolphins)
BMLSS Cetacean News Index 2005

3 April 2005
A pod of White-beaked Dolphins, Lagenorhyncus albirostris, were spotted off Boggle Hole near Scarborough, Yorkshire on the North Sea east coast of England. One dolphin became separated from the pod and was seen swimming in circles and barrel rolling in the surf. The two metres long dolphin was to be found dead shortly afterwards.

BMLSS Cetacea (Whales & Dolphins)
BMLSS Strandings Telephone Numbers
National Whale Stranding Recording Scheme

6 March 2005
Fred Booth and Daphne Mills discovered a new species of crab for the shore for Kent on their visit to Sandwich Bay. Pennant's Nut Crab, Ebalia tuberosa, is a deeper water species rarely found in intertidal waters, and had probably turned up as a result of the offshore dredging that had taken place just prior to their visit. Two specimens were found.
Image by Daphne Mills

NB:  This crab is found off most coasts of Britain but this is the first intertidal report on the BMLSS records. 
BMLSS Intertidal Crabs


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

Cornish Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2004


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.

c. 8 April 2005
Part of a fish skeleton was discovered on the strandline on Shoreham Beach, Sussex, as shown in the photograph. There were at least half a dozen of these skulls of various sizes.

The skeleton has not been positively identified, but the best guess is that it is a skull of the Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula.

Report and Photographs by Dave Mason

Adur Nature Notes 2005

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.

Photographers submitting pictures should indicate if they wish them to be considered for inclusion as confirming permission takes work and time and can delay publication of the news bulletins. 

Shore Topography Portfolio

Link to more marine life photographs

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





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.

See the venues for talks and activities in the left hand column.
Click on the images (on-line) for the latest information.

BIOSIS  Conference Calendar for Zoology 

(Major Link of all biological conferences around the world)


An Environmental Fayre

Date: Saturday 
4 June 2005
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea
Admission: FREE
How to get there (Link)
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) MAP OF SHOREHAM TOWN CENTRE

Adur will be one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham, heralding the start of the Adur Festival.

British Marine Life Study Society Seashore Aquarium exhibit (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
Crowds of children around Katherine Hamblett's live crab pond dipping exhibit.

The high tide will lap against the green at the start of the day long exhibition in the historic centre of Shoreham town overlooking the flooded River Adur

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 world-wide 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. 

Under the shade of the marquees, displays of undersea creatures with lobsters and rockpool fish, the popular touch table, the whale and dolphin display, exhibitions of  underwater photographs, local environmental groups and much more to entertain and inform the young wildlife enthusiasts and all the family. There will be experts on hand to answer questions about life in the sea and on the seashore and activities to keep the youngsters occupied. Allow an hour on more to browse around and join in. 

Adur World Oceans Day is joint effort by West Sussex County Council, Adur District Council, the British Marine Life Study Society, Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee, the Sea Watch Foundation, Friends of Widewater Lagoon, the Sussex Ornithological Society, Shoreham and District Ornithological Society and various individuals with a special interest in the sea. 

The official invitations have been sent out. There is still some room for further exhibits. 

Steering Committee Contact Details:
Andy Horton.
British Marine Life Study Society
Tel:  01273 465433   EMail:

"World Oceans Day" Smart Group
Group Home Page:

World Oceans Day UK  Web Page



 Public Aquaria List
?  What to do if you find a stranded whale or dolphin  ?

If you find a LIVE stranded or injured whale or dolphin on the beach you must send for help QUICKLY. A whale or dolphin stranding is an emergency and the speed of response by a professional rescue team is perhaps the most crucial factor in determining whether or not an animal can be returned to the sea alive.

0300 1234 999
0300 1234 999
0131 339 0111
0845 201 2626
01534 724331
00 44 1481 257261

British Divers Marine Life Rescue
01825  765546




The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom has recently launched a new full colour magazine, GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT, which will appeal to people who wish to read accurate, interesting and entertaining articles about the world's oceans and its inhabitants.
Much of the source material for this new magazine is the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA). Whereas the journal is full of excellent scientific papers, GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT takes some of the most interesting studies and, in full colour, writes a more understandable summary of the findings.

The first issue of Global Marine Environment may be purchased in hard copy for £1.75 (see below) or downloaded from the web at the following

Information provided by Richard Lord (Guernsey)

Marine fish & invertebrates
of Northern Europe
Frank Emil Moen & Erling Svensen

In May 2004 the English edition of the very popular Norwegian Marine Fauna (Dyreliv I havet) was published. Prof. David Bellamy has written the foreword. 

More than one thousand underwater photographs and 608 pages with updated information on marine fish and invertebrates from nearly all marine phylum in Northern European waters. The largest newspaper in Norway, Aftenposten gave the Norwegian edition 6 out of 6 points in a book review. It is in use at all major higher marine biology studies in Norway. 

The English edition is translated by Prof Fredrik Pleijel and Dr. Sabine Cochrane
The book is available from Aquapress in the UK, Skandisk, Inc. USA and KOM in Norway .


Philip Henry Gosse 1852-1856

The first aquarist
William Alford Lloyd 1815-1880 

On June 6th 1853 William Alford Lloyd, a 38 year old married bookbinder employed at William Brown’s bookshop, 130/31 Old Street, London, wrote to the eminent Victorian scientist, Professor Richard Owen, requesting a complementary Sunday viewing ticket to the Regent’s Park Aqua Vivaria; as he could ill afford the entry fee on his meagre salary. Responding positively to this bold request, the professor and lowly bookbinder became firm life-long corresponding friends.
Within 12 months of his first visit to the Aqua Vivaria, without leaving the employ of William Brown’s, Lloyd opened a small shop selling parlour aquariums and everything concerned with them; with his equally knowledgeable wife serving behind the counter. With an endorsement from Professor Owen, such was the success of the small shop in St John Street Road, and with public interest changing from ferns kept in Warington Cases to the new craze of parlour aquariums, Lloyd sought larger premises; which would allow him to work full time in the business. Using virtually all of the capital gained from the small shop, he proudly opened his “Aquarium Warehouse” at Portland Road, Regent’s Park in the late winter of 1855.

Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

Marine Fauna of Norway

BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)

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 to

Messages to the first address will not be replied to as this service is discontinued. 


Membership 2005
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