Marine Life News Bulletin

...Vernal 2018

     ISSN  1464-8156

On-line connection to the British Marine Life Study Society web pages
Index for the Torpedo News Bulletins
Marine Life News 2018
Link to the forum for marine wildlife of the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas
Link to the main news page for 2014
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.
The bulletin is designed for Microsoft Internet Explorer using medium fonts at a resolution of 1024 x 768..


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

21 March 2018
A 12 metres long Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, was discovered washed up recently dead on the muddy beach between Monifieth and Barry Buddon on the north bank of the Firth of Tay on the east coast of Scotland near Dundee

Rising View Gallery

Rising View Video

BMLSS Cetacea
2016 North Sea Sperm Whale Disaster

8 -10 March 2018

Photograph by Russell Neave
Click on the above image for a short video recording

A Walrus, Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus, made a visit to the sea around North Ronaldsay, (the most northern of the Orkney Islands),. The sea mammal was spotted by Lewis Hooper, a volunteer at North Ronaldsay bird observatory. it slowly cruised past The Lurn, close inshore, followed by a big flock of gulls before hauling out for a couple of minutes on a small beach

On the second day and the Walrus hauled out on the rocky beach for a day on the island of Sanday to the south.

The Walrus is an Arctic sea mammal and is only very rarely seen in the seas surrounding the British Isles. It feeds mostly on molluscs

"This is a young one. They are known to roam quite widely for some time before they return to the Arctic. Single individuals, usually males, have been spotted along the Norwegian coast in recent years. One moved in to rest on a small deck in a private marina in Northern Norway last winter, making the access to the boats a bit difficult for some days. Some years ago one even turned up along the Skagerrak coast, and almost made it in to Oslo, Norway."

Previous Report 2013
BMLSS Pinnipeds

27 February - 12 March 2018

Snow on the Beach at Saltdean east of Brighton on the south coast
Photograph by Paul Laycock flickr

High pressure over Scandinavia caused cold air to be drawn in from the Eurasian landmass bringing the cold and wintry conditions over the British Isles, especially to the east of Britain. This was at least contributory to a mass fatality of marine animals scoured from the sea bed and blown on to North Sea shores by the easterly winds.
Beast from the East (Met Office)

More Images

Curled Octopuses, Eledone cirrhosa, amongst the
Devastation Gallery by Paul Gammy

Lobster Wreck on the Yorkshire Coast
Video (click on the image) by Bex Lynam
Wreck on the Yorkshire Coast
Video (click on the image) by Bex Lynam

Hundreds of juvenile (undersized)  European Lobsters, Homarus gammarus, formed part of the wreck of living and dead crabs, starfish and other marine life that was ankle deep on places on the Yorkshire coast. Hundreds of the prized Lobsters were rescued and placed in holding tanks to be released into deeper water. 

Revealed Tank Traps at Kessingland Beach, Suffolk
Photographs by Russ Draper

The gales also scoured away the coastal sand which is a frequent occurrence in winter.

Redcar, North Yorkshire
Photographs by Debbie Janes

The seven thousand year old petrified forest and prehistoric fossilised ammonites were revealed at Redcar on the north east coast.

Petrified Forest
Gallery by by Paul Gammy

Beast from the East (Met Office)

BMLSS Strandlines

26 February & 5 March 2018

John Coe and Aquarius from the West Coast Community of Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, were spotted by Nick Massett in Dingle Bay, Ireland, heading south. Exactly seven days before they were seen off the north coast of the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

24 February 2018
A Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was spotted off Towan Head, Newquay, north Cornwall.

22 January 2018
A Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, was spotted in the Firth of Forth with the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle BMLSS Cetacea


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. 

Hermit Crab living in a Zoanthid Coral
Photograph by Rory McAvinney


A discovery from the depths of the sea off Ireland, this Hermit Crab, Parapagurus pilosimanus, living in a Zoanthid Coral, Epizoanthus paguriphilus*,was trawled from a depth of between 750 and 1000 metres by RV Celtic Voyager, on the Porcupine Bank

(*not positively identified to species)

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.

Beast from the East

19 March 2018

Holywell Bay, Cornwall, in the snow
Penhale Point & Carter's Rocks
Photograph by Pauline Tudbury

1 March 2018

Portstewart Strand looking towards Benevenagh, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Photograph by Garry Wilkinson

28 February 2018

Icicles on the shore rocks near Truro, Cornwall
Photograph by Niki Willows

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


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 2018
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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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton
Background design by Andy Horton and other contributors
      6 April 2018 
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