July Marine News

Wales 

New parasites discovered in shore crabs 

Researchers from Swansea University have discovered two, new parasites in crabs found in Swansea Bay. These new parasites could have potentially damaging effects on other marine species as well as fisheries.

UK 

Rare albatross spotted off Yorkshire Coast

At the start of July a black-browed albatross was spotted near Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire. Most of the world’s breeding population of the albatross are found in the Falkland and South Georgia Islands in the south Atlantic. This is only the second recorded sighting in Europe.

“Missing” Scottish dolphin found off Isle of Man

Moonlight was last seen by researchers in Scotland in the Moray Firth in 2018. In September 2019 she gave birth to a calf in the waters off the Isle of Man but she was only recently identified by the University of Aberdeen team after they saw a photo of her in a social media post!

World 

North Atlantic right whales now classed as critically endangered

This month the North Atlantic right whale has been reclassified on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as critically endangered. Still struggling to recover from over three centuries of whaling, this species is now one step away from extinction.

Polar bears could be lost by 2100

A study has shown that if we don’t do more to tackle climate change then polar bears could become extinct by 2100. The scientists involved in the study state that declining sea ice is likely to decrease polar bear numbers and some populations may have already reached their survival limit.

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