- 2 August 2015
Members of the public are
invited to take part in dolphin, whale and porpoise surveys around the
UK as part of the 14th National Whale and Dolphin Watch. The data collected
during the event will help in developing a snapshot of the distribution
of dolphins, whales and porpoises around the UK. This is an opportunity
for everyone to become involved in the research which goes into understanding
and protecting these magnificent creatures.
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
maximus, are seen every year off the western
shores of the British Isles as the they follow the plankton on which they
feed on enormous quantities.
Fin of a Basking Shark, St. Kilda
Shark Scotland reported fifty of these
huge sharks off the Hebrides in a day's sailing.
large numbers of jellyfish
recorded washed up and in the shallow seas around the British Isles, there
were also numerous sightings of the Ocean
which feeds on jellyfish and other medusa. The
Sunfish was caught off Dorset.
Shark, Alopias vulpinus,
with a measured weight of 123 kg was caught on road and line by Dai
Pig off Milford
Haven and the measurements made it the largest recorded Thresher
Shark angled off Wales. It was returned to
"low bushy blows from a snow-white Humpback
novaengliae," was reported by skipper
Pat Collins and crewman Gerard Minihane about
14 miles off Baltimore,
Cork, south coast of Ireland The whale surfaced close to their
coriacea, was spotted at sea near
the Skerryvore Lighthouse,
(12 miles SW of Tiree),
& Medberry Blog
exceptional sighting of a group of over fifty sharks
seen in a shallow sandy pool at RSPB
Medmerry, near Selsey, West Sussex, were seen on a rising tide
in the morning. The pack of adult sharks were identified as Starry
asterias, and many of these predatory
sharks was about up to 1.5 metres (5 ft) in length, and with the typical
triangular shark fins sticking out of the knee-deep water. The
consensus opinion that this was a hunting pack that had possibly followed
prey into the shallow water and got trapped at low tide.
rare vagrant, a Black-browed
melanophrys, made an unexpected to
visit to RSPB
Minsmere, Suffolk. It was likely that
was blown off course. This large pelagic bird is globally endangered and
normally found over the southern oceans, and breeds on various islands
throughout this extensive region.
of Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita,
washed ashore at Westward
Devon. And probably in other places on the rocky shore facing the Atlantic
Oceans. It was a prelude to numerous strandings all around the British
coasts, depending on which way the wind was blowing.
hudsonicus, (left) and Eurasian Whimbrel (right)
difference in underwing colour
Pagham Nature Reserve
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