Doh! Homer’s keepers are seeing double…

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Keepers at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, had to do a double-take recently when they discovered that European common lobster Homer had moulted for the first time in two years.

Aquarist Sam Worthington was particularly pleased, as it was the first time he’d moulted in her time at the charity zoo: “This exoskeleton is almost perfect - right down to the antennae and the eyes....

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Authored by Paigntonzoo

It’s an expensive time of year for birthday presents among the kittiwakes at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. The five adult birds all have birthdays between July 17th and August 7th. And now a chick has hatched on its mother’s birthday.

The kittiwake also hatched in the same nest and to the same parents as last year, when Living Coasts recorded its first ever breeding of this...

Study aims to improve understanding of rip currents

Authored by George Dawson

A potential link between breaking waves and the life-threatening dangers posed by rip currents has been revealed in new research involving the Universities of Plymouth and Southampton.

Hazardous rip currents are features on many beaches worldwide, and are thought to account for 68 per cent of rescue events involving the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s beach lifeguards in the UK...

Do you know the country's top fisherman?

Authored by The Fishing News Awards

A national awards programme is looking for the UK’s foremost fishermen and the people of the South West are being asked to put forward their nominations. Designed to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all those within the fishing industry, the Fishing News Awards will see fishermen from across the UK and Ireland battle it out to be named the best in the British Isles in one of twelve...

Man drowns trying to rescue dog from sea

Authored by News Desk

A man has died after trying to rescue his dog from the sea on New Year's Day.

The emergency sevices were alerted to people in difficulty in the water off Portmellon near Mevagissey at around 11am.

Two people were subsequently recovered from the sea.

One was recovered by a member of the public and brought to shore, the second person was recovered from the sea by the...

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

Authored by Mary

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Carolina Wildlife Resources...

Ocean Film Festival World Tour comes to UK Marine Capital

Authored by Mary

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to the UK this autumn after a highly successful first Tour in 2014. This year, due to popular demand, Britain’s Marine Capital will be included on the Tour schedule, offering audiences the chance to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet.

On 6 September, Plymouth will host the Tour’s inaugural open-air...

Plastic debris found in abundance in deep seas

Authored by News Desk

Around four billion minute fibres could be littering each square kilometre of some of the world’s deep seas, demonstrating that plastic debris is now creating cause for concern in some of the remotest parts of the marine environment.

That is one of the findings of a pioneering international study examining the scale of the presence of microplastics at depths of up to 3500m in parts of...

Beach litter threatens wildlife, says charity

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Staff at Torquay’s coastal zoo have spoken out about the amount of litter on the beaches and in the sea and highlighted the threat to marine life.

Clare Rugg, from Living Coasts, explained: “Beacon Cove is the beach on our doorstep. Some litter is brought in by the waves but much of it is left by beach users. The Council regularly cleans the beach – but it becomes littered again...

Russian warships pass South West Coast

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

A group of Russian warships with nuclear capabilities has passed by the South West coast today as part of a routine transit into the North Atlantic.

Russian news agencies this morning reported that the aircraft-carrying cruiser the Admiral Kuznetsov and the heavy nuclear guided-missile cruiser Petr Velikiy had entered the English channel.

The Russian vessels have been...


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