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On board Silurian

Crew of the SilurianSilurian is HWDTs research and education vessel.

Most weeks April through October she is either monitoring the waters of the west coast of Scotland for whales, dolphins, and porpoises, or serving as a floating classroom for one of the many Argyll island primary and secondary schools.

Read the log below to find out what Silurian and her crew have been up to each week and all about the whales, dolphins and porpoises they spot!  To find out about the latest marine life sightings spotted elsewhere, click here.

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Wednesday 10th of May 2006


The third education day already! Time really flies! The program of today would begin at nine o’clock on Bunessans primarily school. Packed with all the education stuff Rob brought us, Joannie, Eilidh, Hilda and Jacqueline to shore where one of the teachers came to collect us, which was very nice! All the small children came to visit us the first hour and they were really smart, naming all the different species of cetaceans and that with an age around of 4-9 years! Eilidh gave a good presentation about whales and dolphins and after that we all were looking forward to go outside and play the dolphin and squid game, all hot and enthusiastic the kids had really fun. The teachers played also the dolphin; blindfolded and disorientated it was really hilarious for the children to see that! After a break the older children came to visit us and after the talk of Eilidh we played the Food chain game which was really fun.
Lunch was heaven! A lot of Prawn was on the menu, which would normally cost a fortune which was given by the local fishermen. The research team, Peter, Laura and Susannah prepared the lovely lunch and we enjoyed it a lot including the flying shells over the table, mostly coming from Joannie’s side who did a serious juice Prawn attack towards Duncan!
P6 would spend the afternoon on the Silurian and they were very polite! Everything went well...Hilda had to leave us but we’ll will see her next week again, she enjoyed it al lot!
The weather was so beautiful that it really was a must to go on shore and do something. So Eilidh and Joannie went for an energetic run, Duncan went for a paddling again and Rob and Jacqueline went for a nice walk trough the beautiful countryside around Bunessan.
Dinner was delicious and Jacqueline with her minimal cooking qualities helped Joannie out with the tasty ratatouille combined with omelette.
Then we had a few guests on the boat namely Gordon’s father Nick and Ben who is the skipper of the Margaret Sinclair. We went all for a drink in the pub of Bunessan. On our way back the Fishermen had arrived again and were really busy to load out the prawns. We headed back to Silurian. We were just wandering around on the boat when we heard some people shouting. So Joannie went outside and it appeared that the fishermen were shouting that they had fish for us we could use during the touch tank activity the next day. So we all headed back for shore again. We were all astonished by the lots of different species of fish they collected and the wonderful explanation of John, one of the fishermen.
All satisfied and well we went back for a good night sleep!
 
 
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