Expedition Survey Update from 2019 Field Season — Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Expedition Survey Update from 2019 Field Season — Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

The highlights from our latest twelve-day research Expedition Survey that departed from our base in tobermory are bought to you by Lauren, our Science and Conservation Manager…

On the 13th August, five volunteers joined us on Silurian and after introducing ourselves by sharing a very eclectic collection of desert island disc’s, we had our first chart chat and talked through all the species we might be lucky enough to see and how to spot them.

Our plan was to try and head over to the Outer Hebrides and get some coverage in the Little Minch, the area between the north of Skye and Harris/Lewis, but unfortunately, by the time we had made it up to Raasay the forecast had taken a turn for the worst, and plans were duly revised.

Quentin, our skipper, was well prepared though, and donned his yellow sailing googles, expertly dodging the worst of the weather. We took shelter in the superbly named Loch na Beiste, where we battened down the hatches, ate chocolate and played games as the wind and rain howled outside.

The weather might have scuppered our plans, but it didn’t dampen our spirits. We soaked up some iconic Scottish scenery as we wound our way through spectacular sea lochs in between the cloud-capped mountains, well known castles and were treated to some wonderful porpoise sightings and frolicking common dolphins along the way.

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