September 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.

6 September 2005
About thirty White-beaked Dolphins, Lagenorhyncus albirostris, were seen off the coast of Norfolk, off the end of the Nelson Head Track, just south of Horsey Gap on the east coast. Conditions were perfect, it was mirror calm and good light first thing in the morning. The pod was actively fishing in association with 4+ Porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, and a flock of Gannets about 1000 metres offshore and appeared very settled in the area. I watched them for one hour before I moved off. This represents a good record of this species so far south in the North Sea.

BMLSS Cetaceans

A marine leechPontobdella muricata, was identified at a fish merchants. The leech was approximately 130 mm in length, and was caught aboard a vessel fishing off the Sussex coast. The catch included numerous plaice and rays. The relative prevalency of this leech is not known at the time of writing but the experienced fishermen had never seen one before. 
* The literature records this leech as a parasite of rays. 

Marine Life of Sussex News

23 August 2005
Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, exist along the length of the Welsh coast and not just in Cardigan Bay as previously thought, according to the Sea Watch Foundation's National Dolphin and Whale Watch. This one of the results of the annual seawatching survey.

30 August 2005
Three visiting marine biologists found the invasive ascidian Corella eumyota in St. Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey, Channel Islands. This tunicate was identified by
Dr. John Bishop from Plymouth. This southern hemisphere sea-squirt was first discovered in Europe in Brittany in 2002.  It has now been found in marinas along the south coast of England and also along the Channel coast of France.
Photograph     Richard Lord (Guernsey) Photograph     Richard Lord (Guernsey)
Corella eumyota
Goniodoris castanea

Whilst accompanying the biologists in St. Peter Port Harbour, I found many Goniodoris castanea sea slugs with their spawn. They were feeding on the colonial Star Ascidian, Botryllus schlosseri,  and were cryptic.  On one 5 x 5 cm
square colony of Botryllus schlosseri I found six of these nudibranchs. Dr. Charles David, President of La Société Guernesiaise, tells me this species is a new record for Guernsey.

BMLSS Tunicata
BMLSS Nudibranchia

15 August 2005
A large superpod of over one thousand Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, were seen off the south-west coast of Wales. The location is reported off the Pembrokeshire coast but the exact distance from the shore is not mentioned. The video film footage is by Chris Benson of the Sea Trust (the marine branch of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales) is from Cardigan Bay. 

12 August 2005
Whilst fishing the mid channel rocks near St. Anne's Head, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire we spotted a Sunfish, Mola mola, at the top of the water. A couple of seagulls were watching it which drew our attention to it. We motored past it to see what it was, as we brought the boat around for a second look it must have swam down as we lost sight of it. We estimate that the fish was approximately one metre across and light grey in colour. At the time we did not know that it was a Sunfish.

Report by David Gibbins

11 August 2005
Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, were in shallow water in Long Quarry, Torquay, Devon,  patrolling around in threes. We caught two on road and line from the shore, both around a kilogram in weight. 

Report by Nathan
BMLSS Triggerfish

8 August 2005 
Whilst on board a sight seeing boat travelling back from the Island of Staffa off the Island of Mull, Argyll, Scotland. We were on a cruise boat run by Tarus Mara, which runs tours to Fingal's Cave on Staffa, returning to Ulva Ferry, when we spotted a Sunfish, Mola mola, swimming North West in Loch Tuach (a sea loch).
It was approximately one metre in diameter and seemed very healthy, turning on it's side to watch us as we came alongside, all passengers on the boat witnessed this unusual fish, which was icing on the cake to such a glorious sunny summers day.

1 August 2005
A Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, was found dead off the coast of Cornwall. It was spotted by a helicopter crew which was carrying out a survey for RNAS Culdrose. The turtle, which is the largest reptile in the world, had become entangled in lobster pot buoy ropes off Botallack, near Land's End. It was towed to shore at Cape Cornwall by the Sennen Inshore Lifeboat.

BDMLR Images
BMLSS Turtles

16 July 2005
A Bluefire Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii, was seen in the shallows off Shoreham Beach. 

Bluefire Jellyfish (Photograph by Carole O'Connor)
Report and Photograph by Carole O'Connor

This species has not been recorded recently off the Sussex coast although it has been discovered in the shallow seas around the rest of Britain. It is one of the lesser known jellyfish that frequent the seas around the British Isles, although there have been more than the usual number of reports from other shores this year. 
BMLSS Jellyfish
Marine Life Reports for Sussex


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.

Shore Crabs, Carcinus maenas

Shore Crabs,Carcinus maenas
Photograph  ©  by Chris Rowe



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.

Cheminee, Les Minquiers. Main Common Seal haul out site during winter months, but hardly used during the summer months.
Photograph by Nicolas Jouault

Marine Mammal "Smart Group"


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)



19 June 2005

It is with great sadness we have to report of the passing away of Alwyne Wheeler who for many years was the leading fish expert in the United Kingdom. He died aged 76, after a long illness.

Alwyne was a highly acclaimed ichthyologist who worked, until his retirement, at the Natural History Museum in London where he has special responsibility for European Fishes, but even then his interest and reputation was such that he continued on an informal basis for many more years. 

He was recognised as the definitive authority on fish species and was the author of many comprehensive books and his classic book Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe became a bible for all those who have an interest in fish species within Northern Europe and beyond. 

June 2005

We are also sad to learn of the death in June of the renowned Cornish playwright and author Nick Darke, who was known throughout the county and beyond for plays such as The King of Prussia, The Dead Monkey and
Ting Tang Mine.

He was a strandline guru who submitted marine life reports via the Cornish Mailing List (Yahoo Group).



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)


 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
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0845 201 2626
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British Divers Marine Life Rescue
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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


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