October 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.

5 November 2005
Marine Conservation Society Conference
Exeter University
9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Details below


25 October 2005
An Angler Fish, Lophius piscatorius, weighing 51 kg was caught on road and line of Norway. This was a large fish as the international angling record for this species is 57.7 kg off Norway.

18 October 2005
A Striped Dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, was washed up on Porthmeor beach near St. Ives, on the Cornish coast. Its injuries seemed to indicate it was caught in a fishing net before it perished. 

BMLSS Cetacea
Whales & Dolphins in British Seas (by Steve Savage)

A new species of marine worm Osedax mucofloris that lives off whale bones on the sea floor has been described by scientists. The creature was found on a Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, carcass in relatively shallow water close to Tjarno Marine Laboratory on the Swedish coast. 

7 October 2005

Photograph by Bengt Andersson

A 10 kg Tuna was discovered in a crab net south of Göteborg in south-west Sweden. I think this is a small specimen of the Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus. This large fish is now rare in these northern seas and the smaller ones very rare. . 

Bluefin Tuna in Scandinavian Waters
BMLSS Tunnies

3 September 2005
Gonactinia prolifera     Richard LordThe tiny (5 mm high) and rarely recorded sea anemone Gonactinia prolifera was discovered on Laminaria fronds hanging from the pontoons in QE II Marina, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. It was probably common. This sea anemone has been only recorded in a few locations around the British coast. It reproduces by transverse division, the least common of the four described methods of asexual reproduction by British sea anemones. 
Report and Photograph by Richard Lord (Guernsey)
BMLSS Sea Anemones

September 2005


Stuart Johnson (in the picture), and he caught a female Tope, Galeorhinus galeus, on rod and line (it took 15 minutes to land) eight miles off Brighton Marina, Sussex, in about 30 metres of water. It was weighed at 25 lb (about 11 kg) and the shark was tagged and returned to the sea alive and unharmed. Tope are unusual captures off the Sussex coast. 
BMLSS Sharks

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

Sea Slugs Special

Aeolidiella alderi  (Photograph    by Richard Lord of Guernsey)

18 October 2005
I found two Aeolidiella alderi under rocks on the mid-shore of La Valette, east coast of Guernsey. The smaller of the two specimens appears to be parasitized by a copepod. What I find interesting is that I found another specimen of Aeolidiella
alderi on 28 October 2004. It seems that Aeolidiella alderi may arrive on the east Guernsey shore in October. I have not found it inter-tidally at any other time of year. 

Report and Photograph ©  by Richard Lord (Guernsey)
BMLSS Nudibranchs

Sea Slug Forum

Flabellina babai from Portugal

Trapania hispalensis from Portugal - feeding

Elysia viridis from the Baltic Sea

Eubranchus prietoi from French Atlantic

Geitodoris planata from Devon, UK.

Rostanga rubra from Devon, UK

Jim Anderson's Scottish Nudibranch pages

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.

Photograph by Nicola Storey
Photograph by Nicola Storey

This gastropod shell was discovered by Margaret Casey in early September on Ryde beach, Isle of Wight, amongst the pebbles.

The fossil gastropod is the genus Potamides, and the species is almost certainly Potamides varians.

ID by Philippe Guyard
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
 on the 
Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group.

Photographs by Nicola Storey

BMLSS Gastropods


October 2005

Lesser Octopus (Photograph by Roger Young)

In Saundersfoot, south Wales we found a Lesser or Curled Octopus, Eledone cirrhosa. It was very much alive and although stranded by the receding tide, when placed in a nearby deep rockpool where it became quite active, changing colour.

 Report by Roger M Young
BMLSS Octopuses


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.
The small wading birds foraging around on the gravel beneath the wharf  were too small to recognise at a distance. Confident in their own effective camouflage, the Turnstones came within camera range still probing for food.

Location: Kingston Buci Beach, Shoreham Harbour, Sussex

Photograph by Andy Horton

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)


5 November 2005
Marine Conservation Society Conference
Exeter University
9:30 am to 5:00 pm

The Marine Conservation Society's Annual Conference has a special focus on climate change - one of the greatest impacts on our world's oceans today.

It is now accepted that climate change is happening. This special one-day event will highlight the evidence for climate change; researchers will outline alarming shifts in oceanic environments; you can hear about how UK marine life is being affected; and experts will describe why this problem needs to be challenged and how you can help.

Booking: telephone 01989 566017 or download a form at www.mcsuk.org

The programme is packed with informed presenters covering other marine conservation matters, with discussion, film, photography, and more. You'll hear about the range of activities MCS has carried out over the last year, and look forward to new challenges.

Guest Speakers on Climate Change:

Ian Totterdell (Met Office) "Global warming: what's in store?"

Steve Hawkins (Marine Biological Association) "Responses in marine life to climate change"

Chris Reid (Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Sciences) "Plankton regime shifts and the key role that the oceans play in climate change "

Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) 'Ocean Acidification - the other CO2 problem'

Michael Hay (British Wind Energy Authority) "Marine Renewables - where we are today"

Other speakers:

Trevor Norton (Author, Director of Port Erin Marine Lab) "Underwater to get out of the Rain"

Andrew Davies (Scottish Association for Marine Sciences) "Preserving our deep-sea heritage"

Ben Bradshaw MP "Marine Bill Progress" tbc.

Plus many others for a full day's programme.
Lunch and refreshments provided.

Cost £30 (£20 Student) 


 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

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Membership 2005
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