Recording Marine Life


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Keith Hiscock's records

Number seen/Abundance Date Location Comments Species
1 2003-03-16 Plymouth Sound Drop-off
Plymouth Sound Drop-off, Devon.
On vertical wall of a gulley in the company of Leptopsammia pruvoti. Large individual about 20 cm across. Diazona violacea
1.25 million 2003-06-06 Plymouth Hoe
Tinside Diving Boards
Rafts of dead/dying individuals (possibly stranded and refloated). One raft c. 5x5m and c. 5-6 Velella/10x10 cm = 1.25 million. Also updside down individuals stranded in swimming pools with strandline debris. Velella velella
P 2003-07-04
Grunta Beach, near Woolacombe, Devon
Stranded across the beach. About 100 inspected - all 11 o'clock-5 o'clock sails. Velella velella
P 2003-07-04
Grunta Beach, near Woolacombe, Devon
Several attached bits of fishing boxes and wood. Lepas anatifera
Three small colonies 2003-07-26
East of Maen Garick, Manacles
Present at mouth of small cave at c. 20m bcd. Rarely seen at the Manacles. Parazoanthus axinellae
P 2003-07-26
East of Maen Garick, Manacles
Small groups on the roofs of two small caves/ overhangs. Photograph taken. Alcyonium hibernicum
P 2003-08-09
Hatt Rock, Offshore Cornwall
Sev. per sq. m in places groups on upfacing rock deeper than about 30 m bcd and in lee of verticals. Eunicella verrucosa
P 2003-09-27
Jennycliff Bay, Plymouth Sound
Several rooted clumps seen just below low water on a 1m tide. Zostera marina
3 2001-08-19
SE of Lundy
One small, others c. 6m. One with tear in dorsal fin, other with tear in tail (no photos). Cetorhinus maximus
2 2000-07-30
About 2-3 nautical miles east of Lundy.
No information entered Cetorhinus maximus
4 2001-08-19
About 400m east of the NE coast of Lundy.
4 lg sharks surface. 2 snorkellers entered water. 1 c. 6 m male (claspers clearly seen)twice approached, circled and scraped past the woman. That shark had a split tail fin, a white necrotic patch behind the dorsal fin + white nose. Cetorhinus maximus
1 2000-07-30
Lee Rocks, south of Lundy
Both dorsal and tail fins seen. Didn't approach close. Cetorhinus maximus
1 2001-08-19
Approaching Lundy from the east
No information entered Phocoena phocoena
6 2002-07-13
Plymouth Sound
At least six large dolphin swimming and 'porpoising'. Tursiops truncatus
1 2002-07-13
Hand Deeps
One smallish (probably 1 m across) fish Mola mola
1 2001-08-19
West of The Battery, Lundy
One moderate size fish but dived soon after sighting. Nevertheless, a certain record. Mola mola
approx. 10 2004-04-08
Grunta Beach, Woolacombe, North Devon
Present in narrow shallow rockpools above sand and coated in sand (none open). Anthopleura thallia
5 2004-08-29 Eilan Creagach
Eilan Creagach Loch Shuna. Firth of Lorn
On boulders at c. 5m depth. Grey variety. Anemonia viridis
2 2004-08-29 Sgeir na Caillich
Sgeir na Caillich (Witches Isle) Loch Melfort. Firth of Lorn
Shallow water. Grey variety. Anemonia viridis
25 2004-08-30 Ormsa
Offshore Ormsa. Firth of Lorn
On sandy bedrock shelves deeper than 20m Swiftia pallida
P 2004-08-30 Ormsa
Offshore Ormsa. Firth of Lorn
One clump seen but probably more. Carpomitra costata
F 2004-08-30 Ormsa
Offshore Ormsa. Firth of Lorn
Extensive patches Alcyonium glomeratum
F 2004-08-30 Ormsa
Offshore Ormsa. Firth of Lorn
Extensive patches under overhangs. Parazoanthus anguicomus
1 2004-08-30 Ormsa
Offshore Ormsa. Firth of Lorn
Diazona violacea
O 2004-08-30 A'Chuli
East of A'Chuli, Garvellachs. Firth of Lorn
Carpomitra costata
F 2004-08-30 A'Chuli
East of A'Chuli, Garvellachs. Firth of Lorn
Parazoanthus anguicomus
O 2004-08-30 A'Chuli
East of A'Chuli, Garvellachs. Firth of Lorn
Corynactis viridis
O 2004-08-30 A'Chuli
East of A'Chuli, Garvellachs. Firth of Lorn
Phellia gausapata
F 2004-09-01 Sgeirean Dubha
Sgeirean Dubha. Firth of Lorn
Swiftia pallida
P 2004-09-01 Sgeirean Dubha
Sgeirean Dubha. Firth of Lorn
One patch Parazoanthus axinellae
F 2004-09-01 Sgeirean Dubha
Sgeirean Dubha. Firth of Lorn
Alcyonium hibernicum
20 2004-09-01 Belnahua
South of Belnahua. Firth of Lorn
Present in sandy hollows on bedrock. Swiftia pallida
C 2004-09-01 Belnahua
South of Belnahua. Firth of Lorn
Extensive patches Parazoanthus anguicomus
2 2004-09-01 Belnahua
South of Belnahua. Firth of Lorn
Palinurus elephas
R 2004-09-01 Belnahua
South of Belnahua. Firth of Lorn
Large patch in hollow in kelp forest Alcyonium glomeratum
C 2004-09-02 Garvellach
Northwest Garvellach. Firth of Lorn
Common on lower regions of kelp forest. Odonthalia dentata
P 2004-09-03 Dun Crutagain
West of Dun Crutagain (Am Faradh). Firth of Lorn
One patch On overhanging cliff at c. 20m Parazoanthus anguicomus
2 2005-02-06
West side, Eastern King Point, Plymouth Sound
Two unbranched indivs each c. 4 m high at 18.5 m bcd on bedrock slope. Eunicella verrucosa
P 2005-07-02
Bovisand, north of harbour
Occasional to Frequent On shallow (c. 0-1 m bcd) rocks amongst kelp. Asparagopsis armata
Two 2008-08-09
Mallard Shoal, Plymouth Sound
Report of observation by Ian Wadland. Small individuals, about 30 cm total length, together at base of rock slope at c 30m bcd. One had antennae missing. Palinurus elephas
Locally common in one cave 2008-10-19 Porthkerris
Drawna Rocks, Porthkerris, Lizard
Overhanging parts of a small cave on east side of rocks at c. 8 m bcd. Area where present about 1 m x 50 cm. Hoplangia durotrix
One 2008-10-19 Porthkerris
Drawna Rocks, Porthkerris, Lizard
In coarse gravel on level seabed between rocks at c. 5 m bcd. Anthopleura ballii
Two on one fan 2009-08-31 The Hellopes, Mounts Bay
On a sea fan on boilers of a steel wreck at c. 30m bcd.
Several hundred sea fans viewed but only two sea fan anemones seen. Image available. Amphianthus dohrnii
2 2009-12-12 Hilsea Point
About 0.5 km south of Hilsea Point
Two porpoises within c. 15m of boat. Clear but brief views. Identified by small size, blunt nose and small dorsal fin. Phocoena phocoena
Lots 2007-12-21 Phillips Rocks
Phillips Rocks rise to 50 m to 22m below chart datum and are between Hand Deeps and Hatt Rock.
On the underside of a c. 25cm wide horizontal fissure that followed the rock strata at about 35m depth at the bottom of a wall about 5m high. This is a forwarded record from Pete Flaxman which I believe correct. Date of record is date of notification. Leptopsammia pruvoti
1 2009-08-29 Off Blackstone Point
Approximately 1 km south of Blackstone Point, South Devon.
A small individual floating by. Physalia physalis
1 2008-08-01 Bigbury Bay
Offshore in Bigbury Bay
One large individual on the surface (image) Physalia physalis
3 2009-05-09 Plymouth Sound
About 300m south of Madeira Road at entrance to Cattewater. Same three seen between Drakes Island and Millbay on same day.
Seemed to be two adults and a juvenile Tursiops truncatus