Marine life of the North Sea

Minke whaleAfter Colinda Vergeer, the next presentation at the marine biology day was by Lisa van der Veen.

She spoke about wildlife of the North Sea, starting with the minke whale.

Then, the coral dead man’s fingers.

Then, species like the gannet, the biggest bird of the North Sea; and mammals like harbour and grey seals.

After Lisa van der Veen’s presentation, there was a film on ships on the North Sea contributing to research.

One did research on herring, finding also other species, like hundreds of horse mackerels near a natural gas extraction artificial island.

The other ship was a fishing ship.

It did not fish just for fish, but also for ancient animals’ bones on the bottom of the North Sea.

The North Sea is only about 9,000 years old.

Before that, land animals lived on what is now the sea bottom for hundreds of thousands of years.

A curious side to the fisherman finding those bones is that he himself, as a ‘fundamentalist’ Christian, believes these animals were drowned in the Great Flood as described in the Bible.

Though the bones which he finds are valuable to scientists, the ship’s captain does not share the scientists’ view that the bones are hundreds of thousands of years old.

In the voyage of the ship in the film, the ship found ancient bones of a mammoth, a roe deer, and a beaver.

In the lecture hall, many antlers and horns of ungulates, probably over a century old, hung on the walls.

The species represented included: hog deer; sambar deer; axis deer; blackbuck, all from India; eland from east Africa; lowland anoa, from Sulawesi in Indonesia.

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