Monday, 24 September 2012

Common dolphin sighting

A common dolphin was sighted very close to the shore on Saturday 22nd September at Brighton, between the Brighton Pier and the Brighton Marina.

Sunday it moved along the coast to Seaford, again in the shallow, feeding and playing with another common dolphin.
During a heavy storm later on Sunday they both disappeared and have since turned up at Eastbourne. This is a very interesting sighting, especially as common dolphins are usually found in the deeper waters off shore and even then not often along the Sussex Coast.

I was also called by BDMLR on the Friday re a porpoise in the outer Brighton Marina – I was at the hospital visiting my mum so only got a brief message they left my wife. Hope to find out more.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Sad death of marine conservationist

It is in great sadness that I report that the Australian marine conservation pioneer and renowned shark expert Ron Taylor has died at the age of 78. (9th September 2012)

Along with Jacques Cousteau, Ron and Valerie Taylor have pioneered ocean conservation and both were a great inspiration to me in my youth. I am sure between them they have inspired more people into marine science and conservation as well as raising awareness of the beauty and mystery of the underwater world.

They also brought to our attention the fragile balance of the underwater world and how humans are ever increasingly impacting on this marine habitats.

It was a great privilege to have Ron and Valerie Taylor provide the foreword and some of the narrative for a children's book on oceans I wrote a few years ago called 'Oceans' for a series called 'Voyages' (into) by Kingfisher publishers.

Ron and Valerie Taylor started in a series of nature documentary programmes for Anglian TV series 'Survival' shown in my youth. As with Cousteau, it was the passion that came across, as well as the subject matter, that made it fascinating to watch.

For more information about Ron Taylor, visit the link below

He will be greatly missed by many. Out thoughts go out to Valerie in this sad time.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Eastbourne Seal

I received a fascinating seal sighting from Ellie who was kayaking with her family off Seaford beach when a seal swam past about 10 feet from shore, it was heading towards Newhaven way. There were lots of people in the sea but the seal nether showed an interest in them or avoided them. It swam past about 2 feet from Ellie's kayak. The time was about 3.00pm.

She later found out from a friend that she had also seen a seal off Eastbourne Beach which was heading towards Seaford way. This seal was seen about 11.00am. This seal may be the same seal seen in Eastbourne harbour from time to time.