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3 minutes ago, quilp said:

Thanks for the correction. I'll try and find the image and post it, see what you think. 

Quickest way to tell, is sealions have got ear flaps. Also walk on their flippers rather than drag themselves. 

The the Fur 'Seals' in Southern Africa are confusingly actually Sealions!

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9 minutes ago, quilp said:

Got the location completely wrong - the location being Belfast 🙄

What d'you think the fish in its mouth is..? Poor quality image. 

Tope? 

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Tricky one. Looks a bit fat for a tope. Could be a tuna. Shame you cant quite make out the gills. Either way it's a big boy for that seal to take on!

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13 hours ago, The Bastard said:

Bluefin Tuna apparently seen off the IOM in the past couple of days according to Facebook. 

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I wonder what the provenance is (attached to that clip)? It may be me but it looks as if it's swimming in very shallow water and the markings/colouration doesn't look right.

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1 minute ago, The Bastard said:

Message them and ask.

I think someone has already asked where and the response was off the east coast. Which is not really much use. As I say the water looks to be very shallow. As they're an apex predator you'd expect them to be in deeper water.  

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3 minutes ago, Andy Onchan said:

I think someone has already asked where and the response was off the east coast. Which is not really much use. As I say the water looks to be very shallow. As they're an apex predator you'd expect them to be in deeper water.  

The Irish Sea is all pretty shallow, yet they're known to be present off Wales and Ireland. They don't have a rulebook, or a minimum depth limit - they go where the food is.

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13 minutes ago, Andy Onchan said:

Understood. But a bit of context would help.

Bluefin migrate to and from Norway down the English Channel and Irish Sea. They were nearly fished to local extinction about 100 years ago. Fishing for them in the uk was then banned. Stocks have slowly recovered and there is call for fishing to be resumed. However, modern trawlers would literally strip them from the oceans in next to no time. 

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55 minutes ago, Wavey Davey said:

Douglas Bay

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Ironically Douglas is actually one of the beaches least full of round brown fish. 

28 minutes ago, Cambon said:

Bluefin migrate to and from Norway down the English Channel and Irish Sea. They were nearly fished to local extinction about 100 years ago. Fishing for them in the uk was then banned. Stocks have slowly recovered and there is call for fishing to be resumed. However, modern trawlers would literally strip them from the oceans in next to no time. 

If they allow a fishery then it would probably wouldn't be trawlers but would be on hook and line like off the Grand Banks and the Med.  Last year the UK for the first time received an allowance/quota for Bluefin Tuna, notionally to investigate possibly fisheries and to allow for by-catch.  At the moment if caught as by-catch in the UK, boats are allowed to keep one tuna per boat per day.  Not supposed to specifically targeting them.  There are few charter boats offering Tuna fishing down Cornwall, but these have to be returned alive and are being tagged as part of a study.  

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bluefin-tuna-in-the-uk

It's good to see.  As I said earlier, this is more to do with fishing limits and a recovery of stocks than anything to do with climate.  Although we are in the middle of North Atlantic Oscillation which will be a contributing factor and the last was about 60 years ago. 

 

 

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