On board Silurian
Silurian is HWDTs research and
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.
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,
If you would like to send the crew an e-mail with your questions click here.
Click here to view the Silurian Log archive.
Friday 16th May 2008
Small Isles Primary School students boarded Silurian today for two marine education workshops in Jura. The older students had time to write some comments:
The best thing was the starfish. Nicky
Today we acted out different types of things that could happen on the boat. Domonic
I enjoyed feeling the crabs. Ryan
I think the best bit was holding the prawns. Melissa
One thing I found interesting was the spider crab. It was like a sponge and the starfish. Katie
I enjoyed play acting and the prawns. Gavin the grey whale
One thing I found interesting was that the sea urchin was moving and that when you put your shadow over it, it will know you are there. It has no eyes. Harriet
I thought the two best bits were acting and the starfish and the rest of it. Mirren
Thursday 15th May 2008
Bowmore Primary students in P2 and P3 boarded Silurian today. They had time to write some comments:
I went to Whale and Dolphin Trust. Today I learnt that there is a wire that you can hear types of fish under the water. The funny part was when the crabs tried to get out the box.
I enjoyed when the crab was trying to get out. Dylan
I liked when I got scared when the red lobster. Ruaridh
When the crab was trying to get out. Emma
It was funny when the crab was trying to get out.
I liked it when the crab was trying to get out. Iona
I liked it when you could hear things under the water. David John
I thought the best thing was when Gemma showed us the sounds. Brooke
I liked when I got to hold the starfish. It was tickly. Michael
I enjoyed hearing things under water. E.B.M
I thought the best bit was looking at the crab. Kayla
I enjoyed touching the starfish. It was fun. Bella
Wednesday 14th May 2008
After Bowmore Primary P1’s came aboard, it was the turn of the Home School from Port Charlotte.
“My best bit was looking at the lobster, picking up the Velvet Crab and learning to tie two new knots,” Michael aged 8.
“Nice people, very friendly! It was excellent because they had an octopus and it was the first time I saw one. I also held a big lobster. I’ve had a whale of a time – thank you!” Morwenna aged 10.
“I enjoyed it very much because the animals were very interesting but my favourite thing was the octopus,” Corrie aged 11.
“I liked looking at the Lesser Octopus, it was cool trying to make it change colour,” Megan aged 12.
Tonight is an Open Boat on Silurian and so HWDT is inviting interested members of the local community aboard to have a look around and chat with staff.
Tuesday 14th May 2008
Port Ellen Primary 5 and 6 boarded Silurian today in two groups to experience a marine life workshop. They explored the boat, learnt about research techniques used on cetacean (whale and dolphin) surveys and about local marine animals. Here are some of their comments:
I liked finding all the things on the boat. Robbie
I enjoyed looking at the crabs. Kevin
I enjoyed the boat and everything on it. Peter
I enjoyed holding the starfish. Katie
Today I learnt more about starfish. Liam
Today I learned how sea urchins move and eat. Keith
I learnt the different names of crabs. Hayley
Today I learnt about all the different types of crabs. Carlie
Monday 12th May
Tayvallich Primary School boarded Silurian today to learn about the work of HWDT and local marine life. Here are some of their comments:
One of the best bits was seeing all of the sea creatures, and especially I liked the starfish. It was really good being able to poke about the boat and playing the finding game! I had a great day. Thanks, Rosie
I enjoyed it when I saw the dogfish. Josh
Today I thought the best bit was when we had a bit of paper and we had to find the things listed on the boat. I also enjoyed the part where there were different animals in buckets and we had to identify them. Mia, aged 9
I enjoyed seeing the dogfish because it looked like a shark and it had 3 rows of teeth! I also looked the pipefish because it kept coming to the surface to see us. Freya
I thought the best bit of my day was when we got to learn about all the sea creatures and got to pick them up. I really liked the dogfish because i liked the way it swims around and shows off to you. Signe, aged 9
When you get to feel the animals in the tubs it is really cool, but so was the game, because they were both extremely fun. Megan