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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Saturday 13th August 2011
Anchorage: Bunessan, Isle of Mull
Distance travelled: 27.1NM
Today to the surprise of all on board Silurian we woke up to see a large chunk of blue sky! This followed a pretty relaxing morning playing cards and steadily eating our way through a tub of biscuits while Emma ventured off to nurse our dinghy back to full health. Thanks to the skilled hands of Emma’s Dad our Dinghy returned good as new and when he came aboard we offered him tea and cake as a thank you.
As the sun was still showing its face all were excited to get started. These new high spirits resulted in a resounding chorus of the ‘bare necessities’ led by Rachael and Hazel. We set off to round Staffa, getting great views of Fingal’s Cave. As we rounded the top off the island Mono spotted a fin in the water and to the joy of everyone on board shouted ‘basking shark’ however it soon became clear as it turned onto its back and its head even cleared the water that it was in fact a sunfish! That sighting was followed by another, a blue plastic toilet seat!
We came into calmer waters of Loch Scridian and the crew disappeared down below to prepare dinner, with the skipper peeling carrots on deck. Once we came off effort Emma had a lovely cottage pie ready for us which we scoffed down before we went ashore in our now sprightly dinghy.
Once in Bunessan we went to the Argyll Arms Hotel for a drink where we all got caught up in a game of killer pool. This resulted in a never ending final between Hazel and Mono. Rachael was threatened with computer duty for the rest of the trip if she potted Olivia’s ball. We pootled back to Silurian in the last light of the sunset being quiet as mice not to wake the sleeping skipper.