Marine Life News Bulletin

...October 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 October 2017

Gale Force 9 winds at Longships Lighthouse, Land's End, Cornwall
The exposed lighthouse is 35 metres above mean high water
Photographs by Tim Stevens
posted on Coastal Topography  facebook

The Irish coast was battered by Violent Storm "Ophelia" (remnants of a Category 3 Hurricane) with sustained winds of 69 mph  and gusts of 97 mph at Roches Point, County Cork, causing extensive damage. The western coast of mainland Britain was also battered by gales and a heavy swell but the waves had receded by the time the storm had reached Scotland. 

Video by Tim Stevens (Link)
Click on the image above for more photographs

12 October 2017
Portuguese Man-o'-War, Physalia physalis, continue to be washed ashore around the British Isles, including as far east as Sussex where they are only rarely seen. 

Photograph by Emma Crowley

October 2017

A massive combined jellyfish and plankton bloom wiped out tens of thousands of Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar,in four fish farms on the west coast and inlets of Ireland at Killary Harbour, Kilkieran Bay and Outer Bertraghboy Bay in Connemara, and in the south-west at Bantry Bay in County Cork. The offending jellyfish were swarms of the small Mauve Stingers, Pelagia noctiluca, (implicated in the previous 2007 swarm and massive Salmon deaths) with the small (body 20 mm) siphonophore (colonial hydrozoan) Muggiaea atlantica

BMLSS Jellyfish


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 land and seascapes. 

Eelpout, Zoarces viviparus
Photograph by Sandra Turner

This splendid study of an Eelpout was photographed in Browns Bay, Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear, at around 6 metres depth on 2 August 2017.

This slippery fish is unknown from the English Channel and inhabits the colder shallow seas to the east and north of the British Isles and it would be interesting to know the most southernmost records of where it can be found?  It can even be found in pools on the shore at low tide amongst the Scottish islands, where it forms part of the varied diet of the Eurasian Otter living on the shore. 

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.

Harlyn Bay, north Cornwall
Photographs by Nigel in Cornwall

Some locals have come down to enjoy some late afternoon fun, centre is a father with his son teaching him to snorkel in a rock pool.

Harlyn Bay is a relatively sheltered (=intermediate) north facing depositing beach near Padstow, with large expanses of calcareous shell sand and decorative rock formations and interesting looking rock pools. The third picture is at low tide (7.5 metre tidal range) with Serrated Wrack drooped over the slate rock formations. 
Harlyn Surf Report & Forecast

Harlyn Bay (Kedhlow Treth): Cornish meaning court Cove, its about three miles from Padstow and one mile from St Merryn, Harlyn is a small village on the North Coast and inland from the bay, Harlyn Bay is a family beach and also good for surfing, There is a caravan park near bye, Sadly, most of the homes in Harlyn are holiday lets, To the east of the bay is Trevone, to the west is Mother Ivey's Bay, and Trevose Head, further west you will find Constantine Bay, Porthcothan and Treyamon all can be found along the SW coastal path. It is in the AONB, area of outstanding beauty along with a third of Cornwall, In 1865 two crescents of gold were found in the bay, aged back to the Bronze Age, There are several prehistoric burial mounds nearby. In 2014 after the bay was hit by heavy storms that battered the cliffs, the locals found it had un covered an ancient burial cyst containing human remains, after investigations it was found that it was female and dated back to either Iron or Bronze Age.

Documentary by Nigel in Cornwall

Geological Notes

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


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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