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Turtles in the English Channel


IN his interesting letter on the occurrence of turtles in British waters, Mr. H. W. Parker1 has suggested that their presence in the English Channel may be an indication of the drift of warm surface water up-Channel. There is another possible explanation. Evidence has not been lacking during recent years that there has been an extension of the distribution of many warm water animals to the far north (see, for example, Stephen2). Recently also the unusual capture of a flying fish, Cypsilurus heterurus, in Oslo Harbour in 1937 has been recorded by A. Wollebaek (see Bruun3); this is the first record of a flying fish at Oslo since 1848.

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  1. Parker, H. W., NATURE, 143, 121 (Jan. 21, 1939).

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  2. Stephen, A. C., J. Animal Ecol., 7, 125 (1938).

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  3. Bruun, A. Fr., Nytt Mag. Naturv., Oslo, 78, 295 (1938).

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RUSSELL, F. Turtles in the English Channel. Nature 143, 206–207 (1939).

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