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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Tuesday 16th August 2011
Anchorage: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Distance travelled: 29.1NM
Well we all woke up to a flashback from the beginning of the week- howling wind and driving rain had returned. The rain lashed down but our sturdy waterproofs and many layers just about passed the test. There was relief from the rolling and pitching of the rest of the week and the flat(ish) seas rewarded us with a sighting of a grey seal! Emma was on hand to provide hot chocolate and Tim our BLs (the tomatoes having run out). When Olivia shouted ‘off effort’ we all pitched in to scrub and polish our trusty vessel after malt loaf and tea. Leanne valiantly tackled the galley and Rachael scrubbed the decks. After cleaning Hazel climbed the crow’s nest in Tobermory harbour.
We packed our bags and we went ashore for dinner at Café Fish where everyone enjoyed lovely dishes, even Hazel! Then, on to the Mishnish for drinks and an impromptu gathering of past and present Silurian first mates. With some uncommon breaks in the cloud we sat up on deck and gazed at the stars, catching glimpses of the last of the Perseid meteors. And so to bed for our last night on Silurian.
Despite some rather soggy weather, mountainous sea climbing, and beasties few and far between, the crew thoroughly enjoyed the trip; cake, pirates, dragonflies and most of all a superb bunch of volunteers, a huge thanks to you lovely people!