Where do turtles have star-bellies and nest in the day? The Seychelles! How do we know? Because our Water Quality Programme manager, Rachel, is out there on a bit of a sabbatical and has been busy volunteering for the Marine Conservation Society of the Seychelles. Read her fascinating blog here - [ Bit.ly Link ]
And now, for your viewing pleasure.......the BBC has announced that Sir David Attenborough will present the sequel to 2001's The Blue Planet which will be on screens later this year!! It's almost too much excitement for a Monday morning! Blue Planet II will feature 'tow cams' that can capture predatory fish & dolphins head-on, suction cams which attach to the back of whale sharks & orcas for a...
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Nurdle hunters! Stand up and be counted! Obviously not as many hunters as nurdles but every hunter counts! [ Bbc.in Link ]

Who are the nurdle hunters on Britain's beaches? - BBC News

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Green People Organic's 30SPF scent-free sun lotion is kind-to-corals so a great choice if you're heading into the sea. And MCS gets 30p from the sale of every tube. A win-win for out seas!
Sharp intake of breath people - plastic 'nurdles' (the tiny building blocks of the plastic industry) have been found on 73% of UK beaches. The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt - organised by The Great Nurdle Hunt (FIDRA) and supported by us - took place 2 weeks ago, from Shetland to the Scilly Isles, to highlight the number of nurdles that are accidentally spilled into the environment. that figure is...
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Plastic 'nurdles' found on 73% of UK beaches - BBC News

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We're supporting Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean weekend from 3rd-5th March. We're running lots of beach cleans and you can sign up today!
Why not join us at Beckfoot beach in Cumbria on the 4th.

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Beckfoot Beach - Beachwatch event 4 Mar 2017

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Government urged to respond to the Hendry Review, let’s not overlook the environmental impacts!

The Hendry Review recommends tidal lagoon development in Swansea, but takes no account of the adverse ecological impacts. Located in estuaries and bays, tidal lagoons support rare and threatened fish and bird species. Other wildlife and surrounding habitat may also be affected by these impactful...
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MPs call for the Government to support Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

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Leaked document suggests European fishermen wont give up UK waters without a fight. It says: "Given the heavy reliance on UK waters of the EU fishing industry and the importance of EU waters to the UK, it is in both our interests to reach a mutually beneficial deal that works for the UK and the EU’s fishing communities.” [ Bit.ly Link ]

UK fishermen may not win 'waters back' after Brexit, EU memo reveals

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Is the tide turning? We're no longer asking are we eating plastic in our seafood? Now scientists are urgently trying to establish just how bad it is for us. Will the reality of plastic on your plate, jostling for position between the peas and the chips, finally focus minds on what could be an ecological disaster. Interesting article by Susan Smillie [ Bit.ly Link ]

From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

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So, what did the ocean ever do for us? This fantastic little animation has been created by our Education Officer, Jenny, to explain how it actually makes a difference to our lives. It's all part of our Cool Seas Education Project which works to raise awareness of the importance of our seas for young people. [ Bit.ly Link ] You can find out more about Cool Seas here [ Bit.ly Link ]

What did the ocean ever do for us?

The ocean is central to life on earth, but how does it actually make a difference to our lives? This short animation introduces some of the key impacts, rein...

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Look!! Seal hitches a ride on a kayak! Looks like he may have done it before the way he settled in! [ Bbc.in Link ]

Seal hitches ride on kayak in Firth of Forth - BBC News

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We're supporting Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean weekend from 3rd-5th March. We're running lots of beach cleans and you can sign up today! Why not join us at Gwithian beach in Cornwall on the 3rd. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Can't find a beach clean in your area? Why not run your own? Drop us an email for details - beachwatch@mcsuk.org
There's good news today from pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. They've announced that they're ditching plastic cotton bud sticks for rolled paper ones - and the new products will be on shop shelves in the UK in the coming weeks! Plastic cotton buds sticks are consistently in the Top 10 of plastic, sewage-related debris items we find during our beach cleans. Did you know that during our...
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It's Valentines Day and there's much to love about the sea. If you were ever in any doubt as to why so many of us fall head over heels for the oceans, then check out these amazing pics from the Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2017 Competition. From a dancing octopus to an underwater orca pod and a sealion playing with a starfish, your oxytocin will be surging! [ Bit.ly Link ]

'Dancing' Octopus Photo Wins Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2017 Competition

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This story just keeps on giving, but not in a good way. Today conservation workers on New Zealand's South Island have pierced the bodies of 300 pilot whales who beached over the weekend, to release gas built up during decomposition. It follows warnings the carcasses might explode.
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Balloons might seem like a good idea for the one you love - but they're not.
#dontletgo #Valentines #theyendupinthesea
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We're supporting Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean weekend from 3rd-5th March. We're running lots of beach cleans and you can sign up today! Why not join us at Druridge Bay in Northumberland on the 3rd. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Can't find a beach clean in your area? Why not run your own? Drop us an email for details - beachwatch@mcsuk.org