November 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

Link to the Porcupine Society web pages

Marine Life Society
South Australia ***

De Strandwerkgemeenschap




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.

20-21 November 2005
Two or three Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, are seen off Portland Bill.

18 November 2005
A large dead whale seen floating in the Solent off the Isle of Wight coast was believed to be a Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalis. The 10.7 metre long whale eventually washed up on a sandbank between Seagrove Bay and Bembridge.

BMLSS Cetacea

15 November 2005
A Common Seal, Phoca vitulina, swam up the tidal area of the River Ouse in East Sussex up a narrow winding river for three miles to Southease. 
Marine Life of Sussex
Sussex Ouse Conservation Society

7 November 2005 >
There has been an influx of Grey Phalaropes, Phalaropus fulicarius, all over the south and west coasts of England and Wales. The arrivals followed a spate of gales. This bird is blown in during most years, but there may be more this year? 

The photograph shows a first winter bird on Brooklands Boating Lake, Lancing, Sussex, where it remained for a week and was joined temporarily by a second bird. 
Picture Page
Better Images on Birds of Sussex
Adur Nature Notes (November 2005)

5 November 2005
A deep water crab Atelecyclus undecimdentatus was caught and returned to the sea in five metres of water of the coast of Jersey. The carapace length of this circular crab was 40 mm. This species of crab is rarely (if ever) recorded in the English Channel because it usually lives at greater depths. It is recorded more often off the south-west coasts in the vicinity of deeper water. 

Report by Andrew Syvret
Atelecyclus Discussion

29 October 2005

Colin Naman caught a a Derbio, Trachinotus ovatus, amongst a school of Garfish, Belone belone, in Portland Harbour. This fish was released back into the sea and swam away unharmed. It is one the jacks classified in the family Carangidae. It is a southern fish which is moderately common in the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean but rarely encountered in British seas where it is usually associated with surface feeding shoals of fish.

October 2005
Four Broad-billed Swordfishes, Xiphias gladius, (34 kg, 45 kg, 100 kg, 124 kg) were caught in nets set to catch Cod in shallow water (3 -5 metres depth) in Southern Öresund, south west Sweden. Another one was captured earlier, in September
Photograph provided by Kent Andersson The 34 kg Broad-billed Swordfish captured by the Swedish professional fisherman Gert Larsson.

Swordfishes are an oceanic fish supporting a small fishery in the stormy mid-Atlantic Ocean. They are rarely found inshore and records of this fish from around the British coast are very rare. 

BMLSS Swordfish


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.

Circular Crab, Round Crab
 Atelecyclus rotundataus

from the shallows off Sussex, England


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.

9 September 2005
Bleached seaweeds decorated the strandline
I think a lot of these included the bleached white seaweeds are 
Gigartina stellata.
Lancing Beach, Sussex.

Please send any attractive or interesting coastal scenic, landscape, topographic or faunal photographs specifying location and details

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)

2 December 2005     2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Talk at the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton
Victorians to Video Microscopes
by Steve Savage

As part of the new seashore strandline exhibition at the Booth Museum in Brighton, I will be presenting a one off talk this Saturday called “From Victorians to Video microscopes”. The Victorian period saw great advancements in the study of marine science, which will be discussed within the context of the exhibition. This included the birth of oceanology in 1873 with a 3 ½ year journey to study the world’s oceans and the creation of lavish Public Aquaria such as the one in Brighton. 

Link for more details


 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)


ISBN  0-9522831-5-8

Available from:


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


Membership 2005
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     30 November 2005

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