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!
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25th September 2009
Date: Friday 25th September
Anchorage: Sieldaig, Loch Torridon
Position: 57°31’.595N, 05°39’.242 W
5-7 SW, it’s Friday! And it’s been a good day with multiple sightings: porpoises (and 18 group detections), seals, birds, boats, creels, and even a butterfly; a successful passing under the Skye Bridge, three adventurers up to the crow’s nest, and a beautiful end to the day’s journey with everyone lingering on deck instead of hurrying below to find warmth. During the day, a new term was learned by the American, German and Swiss travellers: the flapjack. It’s not a pancake. It is however a tasty treat of oats, raisins, golden syrup and butter. We observed a sea eagle mobbed by two buzzards as we ended our sail in Loch Torridon, which is a lovely spot to take a dinghy to the shore while someone is left on board to prepare a delicious cottage pie for dinner. Point of discussion during shore leave: What is an island? Is Skye no longer an island because of the Skye Bridge? We decided after not much discussion that Skye is indeed an island despite the bridge. Now it’s show time for a slideshow of the pictures taken so far.