Marine Life News Bulletin

June 2015

     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 main news page for 2014
GATEWAY:  Further European Links
New EMail address
Link to the British Marine Life Study Society Facebook page
Courses (Marine Life)
Link to the Fishbase web pages
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
World Register of Marine Species
National Biodiversity Gateway
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
Link to Sealord Photography
Link to the Aphoto pages

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

Marine Wildlife Reserve
Link to Jim Anderson's Scottish Nudibranch (and other sea slugs) web pages

7-14 years
Oakley Intertidal 
on facebook
Fish & Sharks of the 
NE Atlantic
New Photographic Gallery 
on flickr
Link to the Sealife Survey on facebook (Marine Biological Assoc. of the Uk.)
Link to Coastal Topography on flickr
Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
How to obtain the book and review



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

22 June 2015
A young 3.5 metre long Sowerby's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon bidens, stranded alive at the Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The badly injured whale, which died shortly after stranding, had a fractured jaw and this would have prevented him from feeding, although otherwise he looked healthy. Sowerby's Beaked Whale is a rarely seen deep water species.

19 June 2015
A Bluemouth Rockfish, Helicolenus dactylopterus, was caught in a creel off the Outer Hebrides, western Scotland, whilst fishing for Nephrops prawn (Scampi)

This is a notable capture of a northern deep water small species of fish. BMLSS Bluemouth

16 June 2015

American Lobster
Marine Management Organisation Image

A small number of fishermen on the Sussex coast are reporting catches of non-native American Lobster, Homarus americanus, and Dungeness Crabs, Metacarcinus magister, in an area in the vicinity of Brighton on the Sussex coast.

Captures should be retained and it is illegal to return non-native species to the sea. Report finds to to IFCA or the MMO

Dungeness Crab
Photographs by George Sutton
on Fishing News  facebook

This crab was caught in nets off Brighton by George Sutton, who also caught an American Lobster on 19 June 2015.
BMLSS Lobsters

15 June 2015
A Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, was washed up dying on Severn Beach at the mouth of the River Seven where the Bristol Channel narrows. It was two metres in length, including the long bill. 

BMLSS Swordfish Reports

June 2015
Thousands of jellyfish have been reported off the south-western and western coasts off Britain, notable off Dorset and Wales. By far the most noticeable have been the large Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus but also the huge stinging Lion's Mane Jellyfish, Cyanea capillata.

Barrel Jellyfish washed up at Sandbanks, Dorset
Photographs by Lisa Harris

The diameter of the bell in these jellyfish were up to 75 cm.
BMLSS Jellyfish

5 June 2015
An adult Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae, perished after becoming entangled in rope of the north-east coast of Scotland. A fisherman spotted the whale near the village of Helmsdale, but the rescue attempts were thwarted by stormy seas. On the plus side, there have been higher than normal sightings of Humpback Whales around the coast off Britain including one report from the Irish Sea off Liverpool. 

Seawatch Foundation Humpback Whale Sightings Reports

2 June 2015
A huge Halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, over two metres in length was captured on rod and line and released off the Lofoten Isles, Norway. 

28 May 2015

Humpback Whale
Risso's Dolphin

Report & Photographs by Paul Semmens

A Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was spotted between the Isles of Scilly and Land's End from the Scillonian III. This rare whale is rarely seen in British seas, occasionally spotted from ships and boats on the whale's travels from deep water off Iceland to off Africa. A Risso's Dolphin, Grampus griseus, was seen breaching off Mousehole, Cornwall. 

White-beaked Dolphin, Lagenorhyncus albirostris, was spotted swimming off the Needles, Isle of Wight. This is the first report from this area of sea of this dolphin although a pod has been reported from Lyme Bay fifty miles to the west. 

BMLSS Cetacea
Whales & Dolphins in British Seas


Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Mailing Groups

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

British Marine Life Study Society
facebook Page:

This is designed for quick less important chatty news items. Photographs can be uploaded quickly which is only possible on the Yahoo Group by going to the web page.

Images can be uploaded to flickr.

Wet Thumb (Marine Aquariology) Forum Link

Click on the header for more information

Lots of marine wildlife reports from Shetland on facebook
Photographs include undersea, sea mammals and birds. 
Click on the image to connect


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

Cornish Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2009


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. 

13 June 2015 
Adur World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

Adur were one of the UK leaders in presenting the sixteenth environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. The British Marine Life Study Society presented the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) took an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham Beach. Wildlife writer Steve Savage presented the whale and dolphin exhibition. Exhibitors were available to find the time to answer questions about marine life.
Other participants included Southwick Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life

World Oceans Day on facebook
Adur World Oceans Day on facebook
United Nations: World Oceans Day

Click on the images for the original photographs or links to more images


Shorewatch Biological Recording


Shore Topography Series

The name of the particular coast should be included and any other interesting information including 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 1 Mb in size.

A gallery of coastal photographs around the British Isles. You can join and post your own pictures. 

Click on the images for the original photographs or links to more images

British Coastal Topography

British Coastal Topography

First enquiry by EMail to

New EMail address


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.

Link to the Porcupine Society web pages
For details of the Porcupine Marine Nature History Society meetings click on the link on the left


 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

Would you know what to do if you found a whale stranded on a beach?

Each year anywhere between five and 50 whales, dolphins and porpoises are washed up on Britain's beaches.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a volunteer charity, was set up in 1998 to rescue them.

BBC News Report

01825  765546






How to obtain the book and review




Encyclopaedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

Marine Fauna of Norway

WET THUMB (Marine Aquariology)

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. 
    We also publish the SHOREWATCH Newsletter and
    the TORPEDO Electronic News Bulletin.

    The Glaucus 2002 CD-ROM was sent out to Premier BMLSS members in January 2003.

EMail Address

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


Membership 2015
Please join the facebook group for free. Formal membership of the Society has ceased.  Back copies of previous issues are still available. 

Bulletin Details

For technical reasons, TORPEDO is no longer being sent out by EMail. It is simply easier to view the bulletins on the web pages.


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