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  1. Marine experts say that groups of fin whales are now returning to Welsh waters on an annual basis. The fin whale is the second largest living animal (growing up to 27 metres in length) after the blue whale and is an endangered species. Research by the Sea Trust indicates that pods of fin...

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  2. This week it's National Marine Week (30 July - 14 August) and The Wildlife Trusts will be celebrating everything that's great about our oceans - from basking sharks to puffins and everything in between. This year a 'Petition Fish' campaign is being launched in order to demonstrate public supp...

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  3. Although slugs are not considered to be the most exotic of creatures, their cousins the sea slugs are a completely different prospect. A recent report by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) about sea slugs at Skomer Marine Nature Reserve (MNR) has revealed that sea slugs are flourishing - with a huge variety of these attractive, striking species being recorded (66% of UK species represented in an area of just 13.2 square kilometres). CCW Assistant Marine Nature Reserve Officer Kate Lock said: "Sea slugs are specialised predators, each having their own particular food choice, which can be either plants or other animals". Crimora papillata pair. Image by CCW. "The high number of sea slug species means that there must also be all the different foods present too. This is a great indication that the health of the Marine Reserve is really good and that the conservation of this part of the sea is proving a huge success for wildlife". During the 2010 survey a wide range of habitats, in all conditions, were searched to find the sea slugs. Some can be hard to find as they are both very small and well camouflaged, and quite often the only clue to their presence is their eggs or prey species. There are some nice underwater video clips on You Tube from CCW too. Coryphella lineata by CCW Visit Skomer MNR's exhibition at Martin's Haven to see the beauty of the underwater world and find out more about techniques used to survey and monitor marine wildlife. Opening times: From Easter to November - 10.00 until 16.00 everyday. Winter opening times vary, but normally 10.00 until 16.00 on weekdays. Find out more about Martin's Haven. Watch a video clip about widlife on Skomer Island.

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  4. The biggest ever whale sculpted from Welsh sand took form yesterday at Goodwick Parrog in Fishguard Harbour. The first day of the half term holiday saw over 50 Sea Trust volunteers turn out to create the 25 metre long replica of Moby Dick in just under five hours. The whale building exercise ...

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  5. A pipefish that's usually spotted in the warm seas of the Mediterranean has been found off the Welsh coast. This pipefish photographed by marine scientist Paul Kay, is thought to be a Shore or Black-striped Pipefish (Syngnathus abaster): Previously, it had only been found as far...

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  6. Cliff Benson from the Sea Trust has been in touch; concerned that more common dolphins are swimming into Fishguard Harbour and appearing disorientated. This has happened twice in the last month and Cliff is beginning to wonder if it's being caused by recent naval activity in the area. HMS Ech...

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  7. Cliff Benson from the Sea Trust has been in touch about a recent spate of whale and dolphin encounters off the Welsh coast: "With two reports of minke whales seen in the Bristol Channel this month as well as hundreds of common dolphins off Pembrokeshire - it's safe to say, the whale & dolphin watching season is already off to a spectacular start". "June seems to be a particularly good month for seeing minke whales in our waters". "A recent survey by the Gower Marine Mammal Group just off the South Pembrokeshire Coast produced a feeding frenzy with at least two minke whales and one larger whale - probably a fin whale". "Risso's dolphins as well as hundreds of common dolphins were also recorded. Another minke whale was seen yesterday by charter vessel 'Jessica Hettie', off Lundy Island". A common dolphin off Ramsey Island taken by Richard Crossen on 6 June, 2010: "People are often surprised to hear of whales in our waters but with this beautiful weather and calm seas - we're hoping for a bumper season of sightings". "It seems that from our records, minke whales start arriving in our waters about now (June), following the mackerel shoals". "They also seem to be breeding here as can be seen from Adrian Shepherds picture taken on one of our recent surveys": "Last August we were surrounded by huge fin whales so you never really know what's going to be out there". Find out more about whales and dolphin sightings off the Welsh coast by following the Whales in Wales blog. We've had some lovely photos of dolphins submitted to our Flickr group so take a look if you have a spare minute. As usual - you can submit pics to our Flickr group or e-mail them to us at wales.nature@bbc.co.uk. Gull

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  8. The RPSB are asking young people to get involved and establish safe havens for sea creatures of all shapes and sizes - from dolphins to starfish. New laws now commit the UK, Welsh and Scottish governments to creating more nature reserves at sea. The RSPB, along with other organisations, is cam...

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  9. If you haven't already seen it, take a look at the dolphin video on the BBC Wales nature portal currently. It's an amazing clip showing bottle nose dolphins playing around with jellyfish, smashing them up into the air with their tails. It can't have been much fun for the jellyfish though! The...

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  10. Cliff Benson from the Sea Trust - the marine arm of the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales has been in touch with some exciting news - they've recently filmed a pod of Risso's dolphins off the Pembrokeshire coast including mothers and calves. Image courtesy of Rich Crossen, the Sea Trust: T...

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