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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.

If you would like to send the crew an e-mail with your questions click here.

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Wednesday 22nd April 2009

Following yesterday’s successful visit to Kilchoan, the Education Team boarded Silurian yet again and set sail for Lochaline Primary School, across the Sound of Mull and about two hours South of Tobermory. Although conditions were a little choppy on the way down, a sheltered anchorage awaited us in Loch Aline. Students were collected from the pier in trips coordinated around the ferry timetable. None of the students had visited Silurian before and so we began with a treasure hunt to investigate the boat. The local sea creatures had been cared for overnight in an aerated tank and delighted the children once again.

Here is a selection of comments from Lochaline Primary School students:
‘I enjoyed looking around the boat and I liked looking at the crabs and the fish.’
‘I enjoyed meeting the crew and I learnt that there are more than one species of dolphin in the Hebrides.’

After waving goodbye to Lochaline, we set sail for Canna in less than comfortable conditions but in the safe hands of Skipper Brian and First Mate Lewis. A couple of hours from our destination, we were greeted by the distinctive dorsal fin of John Coe and a female killer whale later identified as 007. See our Killer Whale Photo-ID catalogue HERE. With high spirits, we continued on to our anchorage at Canna and enjoyed a tasty supper of curry.
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