Marine Life News Bulletin

February 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.

18 February 2007
About thirty Sea Mice (a large polychaete worm), Aphrodite aculeata, were washed up on Camber Sands (near Rye, East Sussex) about two hours after the high spring tide.

Report by Hugh Kermode

11 February 2007

Photograph by Marion Moore
Thousands of Snake Pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus, were washed up dead and alive on the north-east coast of England after being blown in by easterly winds. I received an unprecedented eleven reports in one day. 
Multiple Reports Page
BMLSS Pipefish
BMLSS Snake Pipefish Reports

4 February 2007
A 7.5 metres (TL) long Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, 2.3 tons gutted, was landed by a Dutch trawler in Denmark. The liver weighed 400 kg. 

Report by Kent Andersson
BMLSS Basking Sharks

3 February 2007

It was a most extraordinary report of a Peacock Butterfly that Mark Lee rescued from a rock pool on the Welsh coast at Newgale in Pembrokeshire.

Report and Photograph by Helen Lee
31 January 2007
Fishermen Lee Allen and Gary Cann caught a 95 kg (210 lb) Porbeagle Shark, Lamna nasus, in a net set for Bass over night in St Ouen's Bay (west coast of Jersey), half a mile off the beach. In the weeks previously several Bass had been bitten in half in their nets. The fish was sold for over £200. It is unusual for Porbeagle Sharks to be caught in the winter months, and and they are usually caught in the summer in the southern part of the English Channel.
Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Yahoo Group (Main Group)
BMLSS Sharks

30 January 2007
A Killer Whale, Orcinus orca, was spotted in the Firth of Forth (Firth on the east coast of Scotland, north of Edinburgh) at first by maintenance workers on the Forth Rail Bridge. The Killer Whale was spotted feeding on the local seals. It was last seen off Hound Point (near Dalmeny) 2.5 km east of the Forth Rail Bridge.

BMLSS Cetacea

27-28 January 2007
After the gales even more (at least seven over the weekend) reports of Snake Pipefish, Entelurus aequoreus, were received from the east coast of England from Northumberland to Essex. Some were washed up dead and others were returned to the sea alive.
BMLSS Pipefish


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.
Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Yahoo Group
New Group:

Images can be uploaded to flickr.


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 200K in size.

The River Walks TV company with Charlie Dimmick filmed on 15 June 2006 on Lancing beach (at the Shoreham end near Widewater), referred to as Shoreham-by-Sea, featured shrimping with Peter Talbot-Elsden (British Marine Life Study Society).

Series that sees Charlie Dimmock walk the waterways of Southern England. In the last of the series West Sussex is her destination. The country around the River Adur offers up its secrets, including the secret film-making tradition of Shoreham to Charlie. On her walk from the sea to the South Downs she visits the birthplace of Sussex aviation and tries her hand at shrimping.

BMLSS Shrimping

Shore Topography Portfolio

flickr Coastal Images
Species Study - 1

17 February 2007 
I found what I think is Janolus hyalinus in a warm, shallow, sandy-bottomed pool in Belle Greve Bay on Guernsey's east coast. The shallow pool has coralline algae covered boulders sitting in it and this specimen was found underneath one of those boulders.  This pool is within one hundred yards of the Salerie Corner quay on the south side of Belle Greve Bay.

Report & Photograph by Richard Lord (Guernsey)

Sealord Photography

More Information on the Sea Slug Forum

Sea Slug Forum Species Index

BMLSS Nudibranchs

Species Study - 2

Long-spined Sea Scorpion or Bullhead (Photograph by Ronald)

Red specimen of the Long-spined Bullhead Taurulus bubalis from Bangor Pier, County Down, Northern Ireland. There are piles of boulders along the back of the pier as a sea defence with massive gaps in between them. I would normally fish down between these to see what species of fish are about. All sorts turn up .

Photograph by Ronald

BMLSS Bullhead


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)

Sunday 25 March 2007 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Fish Identification
Venue:  Shipwreck Heritage Centre and Underwater World, Hastings.

Kent and Sussex Seasearch are holding a Seasearch Specialist course:
An introduction to fish identification for divers led by Dr Frances Dipper, author of the book `British Sea Fishes'.
Introduction to the form and function of fishes, life history, feeding and reproduction range of fishes seen by divers in British and Irish waters
How to identify fish under water and a visit to the aquarium's temperate water tanks
Conservation of fish in our waters.
This is a basic, introductory course, aimed at divers wishing to improve their fish recognition skills, and to take part in Seasearch surveys. However you do not need to be a Seasearch diver to attend.

Clicking on the logo above and below this text will link you to the Seasearch web pages with more details of their Training Courses etc. 

 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)

The Spring 2007 issue of the Marine Conservation Society magazine includes a feature on the British Jellyfish

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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       22 February 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?