Seal swims from Dutch Texel to Cornwall

This video says about itself:

22 January 2015

Stranded Seal Pups are released into the wild in Cornwall.

The National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek has let six of the creatures go this morning.

They include Superman, Wonderwoman and Bruce Wayne.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Victor seen in Cornwall – 06-02-15

Not only gray seals are travelers, harbour seals also explore the North Sea. This has been proven by harbor seal Victor. He surprised staff at Ecomare by making the crossing to England. Victor arrived last year on July 11 at Ecomare as an orphan in the shelter and was equipped with a chip and a flipper marker. On November 7 he was released in the Wadden Sea. For three weeks he has by now resided along the Cornish coast at Par Beach, and he has become a local celebrity.


Possibly Victor has explored much more than just the beach of Cornwall. In the River Fowey in Cornwall, a bit further, spotted a harbour seal was spotted as well. Presumably this was Victor as well. So, a real traveler! Unfortunately Victor on Par Beach could not rest completely undisturbedly. Hikers with dogs sometimes came too close to the young seal, thereby disturbing him. Subsequently, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue caught Victor on 2 February.

Released while healthy

With only a small wound on the flipper, presumably caused by a dog bite, Victor appeared otherwise healthy and he was released the same day. This time a bit further away, so hopefully he’ll find a little more peace. On this site there are not only 10 gray seals, but also an adult harbour seal.

Living harbour porpoise beached on Texel island

This video is called Protecting Harbour Porpoises.

This morning, a living harbour porpoise was found beached on Texel island near Westerslag.

People of Ecomare museum brought the animal to the continental Netherlands, transferring it to the SOS Dolfijn marine mammal rehabilitation center in Harderwijk.

One should hope this young female will recover there, making it possible to go back to the North Sea again.

Wasp species discoveries, new for Texel island

This video says about itself:

The life cycles of mud wasps, paper nest wasps and bumblebees provides a detailed case study of the reproductive and survival strategies used by living creatures within an ecosystem.

Warden Erik van der Spek on Texel in the Netherlands reports about small wasps in the Slufter area in the island.

One wasp species found there was Anteon exiguum. So far, this species had only been reported, rarely, in the continental Netherlands; not on Wadden Sea islands.

Another species was Goniozus claripennis; also a new species for the Wadden islands.

Ocean sunfishes beached in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:


3 June 2013

Ocean sunfish. The ocean sunfish, also known as Mola mola, is the world’s largest bony fish. This strange creature is like no other. Come along and watch as a sunfish glides through the ocean waters.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:


It looks as though it is going to be an ocean sunfish winter. Since the beginning of this year three of them have washed ashore on the Dutch beaches. The sunfish is certainly one of the strangest fish swimming sometimes in the North Sea. At beach post #23 on Texel last Wednesday a 60 centimeter long individual stranded. The day before, there was a 75 cm long one at Neeltje Jans in Zeeland, and on January 2, there was one near Castricum.

These were young animals; adult sunfish can be 4 meter in size.

See also here.

Fossil haddock bones on Dutch beaches

This video from the USA says about itself:

27 April 2011

Kemmerer, Wyoming boasts the site of the largest concentration of [Eocene] fossil fish.

On Dutch beaches, like of Texel island and the Zandmotor, many small fossil fish bones, cleithrum bones, were found. Recent research found out these bones belonged to Melanogrammus aeglefinus, the haddock, a species still living today.

The bones are about 100,000 years old, from the Eemien, the time before the last ice age. Last month, the research was published in Cranium journal.

In Belgium, cleithrum bones have been found of an older haddock species, now extinct, from the Pliocene age. That species is called Melanogrammus conjunctus.

American comb jellies on Dutch beach

This is a wart comb jelly video.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

A beach full of comb jellies – 08-01-15

Also in winter comb jellies wash ashore. Sometimes very many of them, like on December 23, when the beach at beach post #33 on Texel was filled with hundreds of wart comb jellies. …

Wart comb jellies are from America. Probably they come along in the ballast water of ships to Europe. Since 2006, they are found in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Wadden Sea.