Marine Life News Bulletin

August 2007

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
Link to the British Marine Life News 2007
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 2006
Link to Sealord Photography
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

Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning



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.

23 August 2007
We caught 11 Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, angling just 500 metres off Hengistbury, Dorset. We also lost several on the way up. Quite often as we reeled in a fish another would follow it right to the surface. They were all returned alive.
Triggerfish caught by Tom Bagnall Triggerfish caught by Tom Bagnall

Report by Tom Bagnall
Photographs by Jamie Lazar
BMLSS Triggerfish

10 August 2007
Mark Guppy clearly spotted a Broad-billed Swordfish, Xiphias gladius*,  that jumped out of the water about 800 metres from the Condor ferry beyond Old Harry Rocks about five miles off Poole Harbour, Dorset, in the English Channel.(*Species assumed without precise identification.)

BMLSS Swordfish

2 -3 August 2007
A young Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, followed a fishing boat into Fraserburgh Harbour, north-east Scotland. It became trapped with an adult Minke Whale, believed its mother stationed outside the harbour. Rescue was achieved by British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who coaxed the young whale back to the open sea using small boats and noise. 

31 July 2007
Atlantic Bonito (Photograph by Dougal Lane)

Commercial fisherman Dougal Lane caught an Atlantic Bonito, Sarda sarda, about three miles east of Sark, Bailiwick of Guernsey. The fish had a length of 511 mm and a whole weight of 1331 grams.

Report by Richard Lord (Guernsey)
Photograph by Dougal Lane
BMLSS Scombridae

29 July 2007 
An astonishing bright red fish misnamed as the Boar Fish, Capros aper, was discovered swimming around in a pool when the tide was out on Littlehampton main beach (east of the River Arun), Sussex. It was about 75 mm long, and I was able to scoop the rhomboidal fish up in a shell, before I allowed it to swim away.

Report by Mark Wright

27 July 2007
A Northern Bottle-nosed Whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus, became stranded in the River Orwell, Suffolk, and is unlikely to survive being trapped in the estuary. The three metres long whale was first seen around 2:00 pm in the area of the Orwell Bridge, just outside of Ipswich

PS: The whale was humanely euthanased to prevent it suffering a lingering death.

BMLSS Cetacea


Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Mailing Groups

With the closure of Smart Groups at the end of November 2006 most of the 7500+ messages have been filed at:

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Jiglu

For ongoing messages please transfer to the Yahoo forum as I think you will find that easier to use.
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Wet Thumb (Marine Aquariology) Forum Link


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.

25 April 2007

Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, (Photograph by Ali MacDonald)

Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus,
off Aberdeen Harbour, NE Scotland
Photograph by Ali MacDonald

BMLSS Cetacea



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 250K in size.

Needls (Photograph by Richard and Gill Long)

The Needles, Isle of Wight

Photograph by Richard and Gill Long

The soft white chalk was eroded relatively quickly by the combined action of weathering (water freezing in amongst the chalk) and the pounding of the seas.

The three chalk pinnacles of the Needles (a fourth Needle disappeared during a storm in 1764) on the north-western shore of the Isle of Wight rise to a height of approximately 30 metres.

flickr British Coastal Topography

Gannets at Bempton Cliffs (Photograph by Chalkhills Collective)

Gannets at Bempton Cliffs
(RSPB Nature Reserve)
Photograph  by Chalkhills Collective

The hard chalk cliffs at Bempton, Yorkshire, are relatively resistant to erosion and offer lots of sheltered headlands and crevices for nesting birds. The cliffs run about 10 km from Flamborough Head north towards Filey and rise to over 100 metres high at points. The Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus, spectacularly plunge dives into the sea to an average depth of 20 metres to catch fish. The main species caught are Herring, Mackerel and Sand-eels. 

A Gannet Photograph

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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

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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





Click on this image for a link for further details

The Gulf Stream
by Bruno Voituriez 
Publisher:  UNESCO 
ISBN:  92-3-103995-4 
222 pages, figures, glossary, bibliography

The Gulf Stream
Amid contemporary scenarios of potential climatic catastrophes and global warming that might be imagined to bring a new ice age, the powerful image of the Gulf Stream rising from the Florida Straits and flowing to the north Atlantic inevitably provokes questions about its ecological significance and whether it might ever stop.


Click on the image for the electronic versions
Marbef Outreach
Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Newsletter on biodiversity education, with a polar pullout for children with its focus on the Arctic. 

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:



Eastern English Channel Habitat Atlas for Marine Resource Management
is available for download 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. In future, I expect the publication to be in an electronic format. 

EMail Address

New EMail addressEMail address for messages to the British Marine Life Study Society 


Membership 2007
Plans have not yet been finalised for the publications and subscriptions for year 2007. Back copies of previous issues are still available. 

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       28 August 2007

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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?