Marine Life News Bulletin

April 2006

ISSN 1464-8156

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 the Cornish Marine Life Reports (by Ray Dennis) for 2005
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.

14 March 2006

A Deal Fish, Trachipterus arcticus, was captured in a trawl (by Swedish trawler GG 348) at a depth of 200 metres in the northern Skagerrak off the south coast of Norway. The fish weighed 12 kg and was measured with a total length of 177 cm. The photograph above shows Swedish fishmonger Svante Wedin with the elongate fish. 

The Deal Fish is a rare deep water ribbon-fish with only a handful of North Sea coast reports of this fish on record. Most records have been in surface trawls or washed up dead on the beach. This fish swims vertically in the water rising towards the surface with the deep water plankton and their predators at night and descending during the day. It feeds on squids and small fishes. 
Irish Captures (Message)

26 February 2006
A two metre long Deal Fish, Trachipterus arcticus, was reported caught by 16 year old angler Vibeke Thomasson at Sørevågen, Utsira, Norway. The full report includes a photograph showing the red dorsal fin.
Full Report
Another 1993 Report (in Swedish)

Magic Map now has a Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas


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

Cornish Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2005


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 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.

Caithness shoreline. 
I think the boulders and bedrock is Limestone (to be confirmed)

Photograph by Paula Gent

Shore Topography Portfolio

flickr  Coastal Images

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

Common Name(s):
Smooth Blenny, Common Blenny, Shanny or Shan (Cornwall), Sea-Frog, Rockies, Clunny, Bunners (Dorset)
Mordocet (Caen, France). Cabot's (Jersey, Wales)
Scientific Name: Lipophrys pholis (=Blennius
Family: Blennidae 
Usual Size: 16.5 cm,  to 111 g

Photograph by Andy Horton


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. 

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)

26 to 29 April 2006
Conchology Society Field Trip
Field Meeting to Anglesey 
Conchological Society of GB & Ireland

The primary aim of the meeting is to record molluscs from the intertidal of Anglesey and Lleyn Peninsula - but I am sure that there will be opportunities to record other taxa.

Julia Nunn
Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Since the post 1991 marine molluscan survey of Anglesey was started, 47 new records for the area have been confirmed. Some of these are Graphis albida, Alvania beanii, Alvania carinata, Sepia elegans, Sepia orbigniana and Rissoa lilacina. Some records have only being previously recorded from western Ireland and north and west Scotland. This may be due to the possible existence of deep water off the end of the Lleyn Peninsula.

The purpose of this meeting is to examine some of the hot spot areas on the
south Anglesey and lower north Lleyn Peninsula coasts with particular interest in shell sand as this is where many of the new records have been turning up. The group will be looking at two areas on south west Anglesey, i.e. Aberffraw, and Rhosneigr and Porth Dinllaen on the Lleyn Peninsula. The latter is a uniquely sheltered location and hosts a large area of Eelgrass, Zostera marina.

There will also be two non marine sites on Anglesey at Llyn Maelog and also
at Newborough Warren which will be the first meeting point for the group at the car park adjacent to Llyn Rhos-ddu SH 426 647 at 10.00 am on Wednesday 26
April 2006. From there the group will move on to Aberffraw to meet at the dunes
car park at SH 357 690 at 1.00 pm for the first marine event.

Full programs can be obtained from Tom Clifton.

Conchological Society Programme of Events (Link)


10 June 2006

Date: Saturday  10 June 2006
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea
Admission: FREE

Adur will be one of the UK leaders in presenting an environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, as part of the Adur Festival.

Contact details:

Andy Horton
British Marine Life Study Society
Tel:  01273 465433

If you wish to participate, please let me know ASAP


 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 launched a new full colour magazine, GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT in 2005, 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)


Coastal Plankton 
Photo Guide for European Seas

by Otto Larink & Wilfried Westheide

reviewed by Wim van Egmond

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 2006
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Boar Fish, Capros aperLen NevellMarc AbrahamJohn KnightUrchin fossil (out of scale) dating the pebbles at 85 million years oldMermaid's Purses