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Maryport Aquarium – Autumn/Winter Review

Mark Vollers tells us what’s new at the Lake District Coast Aquarium this season. When you are keeping a wide variety and number of fish there is never a dull moment and always the challenge of trying to do something better.  So, to this end the aquarium is now better set up to bring on […]

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Wildlife of The Solway Firth – The Sea Trout Salmo trutta

The Native Sea Trout and the Brown Trout are the same  species,  a fact which was only really settled with the advent of genetic testing.  What they certainly have in common is the need to be in  fresh water to breed, using gravel beds in upper reaches of rivers to lay their eggs. Young brown […]

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Wildlife of The Solway Firth – The Native Oyster Ostrea Edulis

For some lovers of seafood there is nothing to compare with a plate of fresh oysters washed down with champagne , Guinness or another tipple of choice. They could certainly be described as an acquired taste and because supply is limited they are also relatively expensive, giving them the reputation of a food for the […]

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Wildlife of The Solway Firth – The Edible Sea Urchin

The Sea Urchin as an adult has the shape and size of a small orange flattened football so is one of the most distinctive and easily recognised animals, but it is rarely seen intact on the shoreline as its home is in the seaweed kelp forests found off shore.   Occasionally on the beach you may […]

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Wildlife of the Solway Firth – The Bottlenose Dolphin

It is now more than ten years since a Bottlenose Dolphin took up residence along the Solway Firth coast, then rapidly becoming a focus of national attention when she unwittingly became trapped for a while in Maryport Marina. ‘Marra’ as she was called, entranced everybody with her antics and her fascination with human activity for […]

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Wild Solway – Myoxocephalus Scorpius

The Short Spined Sea Scorpion  Myoxocephalus Scorpius by Mark Vollers   This fearsome looking and threatening sounding fish is found all around the British and Irish coastline wherever there is rocky habitat from low water mark down to 100m, but it is not venomous and its only threat to anglers are it’s sharp spines and strong […]

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Wildlife of The Solway Firth : The Common Eel

Wildlife of The Solway Firth : The Common Eel by Mark Vollers Anguilla anguilla Of all the fish species found locally the Common Eel has one of the most extraordinary life cycles. This eel ( the only other eel found around the UK is the totally marine Conger) is no longer common, and for reasons not […]

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 Wildlife of the Solway Firth – The Thornback Ray

Wildlife of the Solway Firth  – The Thornback Ray by Mark Vollers Raja clavata The relatively shallow waters of the Solway Firth provide ideal living conditions for several species of Rays, of which the most common at present is probably the Thornback.  These fish are closely related to sharks, being cartilaginous, but are flattened laterally ( […]

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Wildlife of the Solway Firth : The Compass jellyfish

Wildlife of the Solway Firth : The Compass jellyfish by Mark Vollers Chrysaora hysoscella Any of us that like a walk along the shore will have come across stranded jellyfish of one kind or another and the Compass Jellyfish is certainly found on the Cumbrian coast in summertime.  Recognised by the compass like markings on […]

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Wildlife of the Solway Firth – The Grey Mullet

Wildlife of the Solway Firth  – The Grey Mullet by Mark Vollers Chelon labrosus The Grey Mullet has to be listed as one of the most resourceful and difficult to catch of any fish in the Solway Firth, and as proof of it’s adaptability it can also be found on most Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. […]

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