Battling through snow and hail on our February winter survey! — Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Battling through snow and hail on our February winter survey! — Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Wild weather extended into February as we began to plan for our next winter survey. With the boat still down in Crinan, getting much needed TLC and shelter, we decided this would be our rendezvous point. Departing from Crinan would allow us to survey the waters to the south and west of Mull, remaining sheltered from the huge swell which had developed further out to sea. We boarded Silurian on a crisp morning, with the sun shining and the waters calm. We were all excited to get going and we sailed out of Crinan, full of anticipation for the survey ahead. We hadn’t even left Crinan harbour before we spotted a curious otter, who swam by the boat before disappearing and returning to the shore. We continued onward, sailing north before entering Loch Spelve, where we anchored for the night. The next morning we set sail with the sun still shining. We were surrounded by beautiful scenes of snow capped hills as we sailed up Loch Linnhe. However, after enjoying our second breakfast the skies began to darken and the wind began to howl.

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