New MARINElife ambassador, Run for MARINElife, MARINElife in the news, Lundy adventures, Training courses and events, In the marine news, An open letter to G20 leaders.
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August 2019 Newsletter

New MARINElife Ambassador!

Join us in sending a huge welcome to our new Ambassador, Billy Heaney.

Billy is a Zoologist and wildlife presenter with an impressive resume, including researching grey seals, presenting on NatureWatch, and producing his own films, one of which was shortlisted in the adventure category of WildFilmFest in 2017!

You can read Billy’s welcome message on our Facebook page, and learn more about the man himself over on his website.

We at MARINElife are looking forward to many successful years of working with Billy.

Run For MARINElife

Fancy a chance to run the London Marathon while helping support a great cause? Well now’s your chance, as we have a charity place for the 2020 London Marathon on April 26th.

We need a volunteer runner to take part and raise money on our behalf. As there’s a cost to the charity we ask for a minimum fund-raising pledge of £2,000.

If you are a supporter of MARINElife and a keen runner please email to register your interest before 5pm on 31st August 2019.

The lucky participant will be chosen by ballot after this date.

MARINElife In The News

Our MARINElife Regional Officer, Martin Kitching, was on ITV news last month talking about the high number of cetacean sightings off the NorthEast coast.

Martin heads up the North East Cetacean project and is doing some great work on learning more about the behaviour and distribution of the area’s Bottlenose and White-beaked dolphin.

In case you missed it, here he is again!

If you’d like to find out more about NECP, please visit our website:

Lundy Adventures

Some lucky people had a fab time over the course of six days on Lundy Island last month, as they got to join us on our yearly Lundy Island Adventure.

Our guests took part in our well-known MARINElife ID course, attended a talk on Guillemots, plus went out for some bird watching, a round-island boat trip, rock pooling, and a snorkel safari.

While they were out an about, they got to enjoy sightings of Common and Bottlenose Dolphin, Seals, Sika Deer, and plenty of seabirds.

We’re glad everyone had a great time, and we hope to do the same again next year.

Read all about the adventure over on our website, and keep an eye out on for next years’ dates.

Training Courses And Events

If you missed out on our Lundy Island Adventure, fear not, as we still have several days available to attend our MARINElife ID course this year. See our website for full details.

Saturday 17th August with Cumbria WLT ● Saturday 7th September with Lincolnshire WLT ● Saturday 19th October with Wembury Marine Centre ● Saturday 26th October with Poole Dolphin Shop Centre

In The Marine News

Another leucistic harbour porpoise was spotted recently in Mounts Bay.

Divers 'humbled' by Cornwall jellyfish encounter.

Research reveals how puffins catch food outside the breeding season.

Mogul, wandering North Atlantic right whale, spotted off the coast of France.

Humpback whale spotted breaching off the coast of Cornwall.

In Other News: An Open Letter To G20 Leaders

MARINElife, along with multiple NGOs from around the world, and several celebrities, wrote to the G20 leaders calling for them to condemn Japan’s plans to exit the IWC and resume commercial whaling.

The international commercial whaling ban has saved several whale populations from extinction, enabling the gradual recovery of whale populations after decades of decline caused by humans, but many whale populations remain in danger. Japan’s commercial whaling desire fulfils no global and dire need for whale meat, and the methods employed to kill whales are inherently cruel.

Therefore, we requested that all G20 leaders agree a declaration at the G20 Osaka Summit, calling for an immediate end to all commercial whaling.

You can read the full letter here.


It doesn’t happen too often, but we made a snafu in last month's newsletter! We mentioned the fantastic sightings had on the Pride of Bilbao trip, when we should have said the UK/Ireland to Bilbao route. Apologies for any confusion caused!

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