Marine Life News Bulletin

July 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.
July 2006
This month was characterised by an unprecedented heat wave over northern Europe with air temperatures exceeding 30 ºC and the prolonged heatwave resulted in elevated sea water temperatures in shallow coastal waters. 

Links to the Ocean Weather surface sea temperature page
The local inshore sea temperature at Shoreham-by-Sea (Sussex) was 19.8 °C on 20 July 2006. However, in the central English Channel the surface sea temperature measured 16.8°C.
Surface Sea Temperatures (Link)

23 July 2006 
Just for the record was diving at Devil's Point, Plymouth, and spotted two Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, sheltering in a crevice at about 10 metres depth. 

Triggerfish off Dorset (Photograph by Peter Glanvill)

They seemed to have a much bluer colouration than those seen off Chesil Beach and, interestingly, were much the same colour as trigger fish I have seen on Bawden Rocks in Cornwall.
Triggerfish off Dorset

More Triggerfish Reports
BMLSS Triggerfish

20 July 2006

Sunfish 2004 (Photograph by Lee Ford)
During a routine aerial survey for marine wildlife off the most south-western tip of Cornwall, researchers from the University of Exeter School of Biosciences, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Cornwall Wildlife Trust counted 19 Sunfish, Mola mola, in two hours.
Report on Fish Update
BMLSS Sunfish

July 2006

Shad (Photograph  by Charles Fleming)
This shad was caught off Orcambe Point, Devon, from a boat, half a mile off shore in about 12 metres (40 foot) of water.  It took a small "sabiki type" feather on a trace of six and was caught on the same retrieve as two Mackerel. It was 30 cm (1 ft) long approx. The most noticeable feature was the scales which came off easily when handled and were very iridescent. It was a striking, attractive blue on the back. There was a noticeable row of tiny short spines on the "keel" off the belly
which folded completely if stroked head to tail. The scales extended onto the sharply forked tail.
This fish is probably a Twaite Shad, Alosa fallax.
Report by Charles Fleming
Previous Reports

6 July 2006
Jellyfish were washed ashore on the sandy Beadnell beach on the Northumberland Coast, north-east England and probably on many other shores as well. The species were  the Lion's Mane Jellyfish, Cyanea capillata, and a smaller blue one was probably the Bluefire Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii.

BMLSS Jellyfish
BMLSS Strandlining

June/July 2006
I have received numerous (about a dozen) reports of Snake Pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus, from around the northern and eastern coast of Britain from divers seeing live fish and beachcombers discovering dead fish on the strandline. There have been too many reports for me to reply to them straightaway. 
BMLSS Pipefish



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.

Photographs can now be directly uploaded to:



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.

Shore Topography Portfolio

flickr Coastal Images

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

Spiny Spider Crab
Velvet Swimming Crab
Edible Crab

The larger British crabs frequently seen in the shallow seas

Spiny Spider Crab
Maja squinado
Velvet Swimming Crab
Necora puber
Edible Crab
Cancer pagurus

Photographs 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)

 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:


Encyclopaedia 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
Plans have not yet been finalised for the publications and subscriptions for year 2006. 

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       28 July 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 PursesPeter Talbot-ElsdenCharlie DimmickAndy HortonSamanthaThe crab was called Rooney because of its missing leg. Nobody asked about the brain cells of a crab?