Marine Life News Bulletin

...August 2017

     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


16 August 2017

Tuna: click on the image for a video by Beach & Boat Fishing  facebook

A feeding frenzy by a school of Tuna, Thunnus thynnus was witnessed off Falmouth, Cornwall.

Tuna, used to be  found in sufficient numbers to make the North Sea, especially off Scarborough, an area famous for captures of the massive Blue-fin Tunny, Thunnus thynnus. In 1933 an angler caught the British record specimen of 386 kg (851 lb) from a Whitby boat. It is a widespread and found in all the warmer oceans but its previous occurrence into the North Sea during the autumn was dependent on the water temperature and other variables.

14 August 2017

Click on the image for the video

Swordfish: click on the image for a video by Chris Wheeler

A  two metre long Billfish swam by our boat one mile off shore, near Selsey, West Sussex. The shark like dorsal fin and long bill could be seen near the surface as it chased the lure under the boat. The consensus said its was a Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, and it looked like one to me.

"Chris Wheeler and I were Plaice fishing, one mile off shore, near Selsey. We're drifting when Chris spots something at the stern of the boat. It's a large creature, maybe 5 or 6 feet long. Instinctively I put a cast in with insanely inappropriate tackle and attempt to draw the fish in. Astonishingly the fish turns on my tiny lure and lights up like a Christmas tree! As it follows the lure at speed, towards me on the bow, we can now clearly see it's a Billfish, and a beautiful one at that. I will never forget the electric blue back as it glides under me. We lose sight of the fish and both of us are left shaking with excitement, raised further when we realise that Chris has cleverly managed to capture the fish on video."

Report by Adam Kirby  facebook
BMLSS Swordfish

7 July 2017
An unusually captured Jellynose Fish, Ijimaia loppei, was caught on the Porcupine Bank, near deep water, south-west of Ireland. 

Previous First Record 2013


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

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 shorescapes and seascapes. 

Cuckoo Wrasse  off Lundy
Photograph by Rob Durrant

Cuckoo Wrasse 
Photograph by Galway Atlantaquaria

One of our favourite native species at the National Aquarium of Ireland, (Galway Atlantaquaria), is the Cuckoo Wrasse,Labrus mixtus. Top picture is the male and on the bottom the female. Wrasse as a family are protogyny hermaphrodites which in simple terms means they are all born as females and change to males later in life. Only the biggest and most fierce becomes the male in a group of wrasse. This family of fish are notoriously aggressive towards other species and are found in rocky areas at depths below 10 metres. During mating season both the male and female construct a nest from seaweeds, the female will then lay around 1000 eggs in the nest and the male will guard them.

British Wrasse Gallery

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.

Queensferry Crossing 
Photograph by Ian McCracken

The Queensferry Crossing has been built to replace the existing Forth Road Bridge, the two towers of which are visible in this image. At 1.7 miles (2.7 km) the structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and is due to open to traffic at the end of August 2017. The new bridge will carry the M90 motorway and the Forth Road Bridge will be used for public transport, cycling and walking.
This image was created from 5 separate frames, stitched together to give a wider view.

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

British Coastal Topography

British Coastal Topography

Flora and Fauna of Coast and Estuaries

Purple Viper's Bugloss, Echium plantagineum
at Nanjulian, Nanquidno in Cornwall 
Not the common one Echium vulgare!

Photographby Charles Travis on 6 July 2017

This patch is so large it can be seen or several miles out to sea. The plant was first recorded in Cornwall in 1856. It is well established in Jersey, West Penwith (Cornwall) and the Isles of Scilly, where it has been considered native by many authors. Elsewhere it is absent or a casual. The usual Viper's Bugloss, Echium vulgare, is widespread and common on all English coasts.

 Echium plantagineum
Photograph by Paul Semmens
Echium vulgare
Photograph by Andy Horton

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.

8 June 2017
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 in and around this day.

For technical and resource reasons, Adur World Oceans Day did not take place in 2017

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

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






The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline

This richly illustrated guide will become a steadfast companion for beach visitors wishing to identify what the sea washes up
By: Steve Trewhella (Author), Julie Hatcher (Author)


304 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations
Wild Nature Press

Fish Atlas of the Celtic Sea, North Sea, and Baltic Sea
Based on international research vessel data
Author: edited by Henk J.L. Heessen, Niels Daan, Jim R. EllisPrice: € 79,50
An in-depth reference work on marine fish, this is the first complete overview of all marine fish species found in the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and Celtic Sea. Whereas European research mainly focuses on species of commercial interest, this atlas documents current data of all Western European fish species caught in the period 1977 to 2013.

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 2017
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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