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.
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Sunday 14th August 2011
Anchorage:Lunga, Treshnish Isles
Distance travelled: 43.6NM
Once again we woke up to sunny skies in Bunessan, after breakfast we set off towards Tiree through some mighty swells which made certain people think Emma was soaking them on purpose. Unfortunately we only saw one porpoise today but keeping our fingers crossed for more sightings in the last few days. Skipper announced that we have all to dress up for national pirate day tomorrow and he demonstrated by crafting a captains hat and eyepatch out of cardboard. We were warned that inappropriately dressed members of the crew would be flogged!
After anchoring at Lunga we took a trip ashore to explore this gorgeous historic island. We saw many sea birds including Kittiwake chicks, Shags and even a very up-close puffin in its burrow. We stopped to take in the scenery with 360 degree sea views for those of us who climbed all the way to the top. We visited the ruins left by the ancient inhabitants of the island and Mono told us the story of the man imprisoned here with the ‘ugliest woman on Mull’. Once we made our way back to shore we ran into a slight hitch, the tide was coming in very fast and we had to leap over some rocks in order to keep our feet dry. Rounding the corner we found another problem, a small mound of bright yellow told us that we had left our lifejackets too close to the shore and they had all inflated! Along with this, the water had soaked our oilies and Leanne’s welly boots were in danger of floating away. We ran to retrieve them and had to walk back across the rocks to get to the dinghy. Using Mono as a climbing frame, and three soaking feet later (Hazel had a hole in one welly) we reached the dinghy.
Rescue mission completed we had a lovely Thai green curry cooked by the crew, Olivia deciding that the best way to test the readiness of rice was by tapping it onto the worktop(!) We played some more cards and began to start work on the pirate costumes! Leanne’s just away to whittle her cutlass…