Silurian Blog

Friday, April 14, 2017

Published: 15/04/2017

Loch Scresort, Rum
Lat. 57°00'.7N
Long. 006°16'.1W

Woke up at 5.30am again, but that meant I got a look into the engine room on the check before first breakfast, to which our beautiful "Farley Bridge" calls us. People seem to talk less and less at breakfast the longer the trip goes on.
Waking up to seastate 0, all our hopes were up for a beautiful day, and we were not disappointed; turning off the engine and letting the wind do all work under sunny skies, that is the life we all came here for. Through second breakfast and another lovely soup at the mast, we kept vigilance, made easy by the beauty and serenity around us. We did see some grey seals, bottling along, enjoying the day as much as we were. We then went for an extra loop in the Sound of Rum before tucking ourselves in this quaint loch, still not having gotten the sightings we were hoping for. Despite that, we all agree that the day was more than outstanding as it was (and Frazer kept adding that it is still valuable date we've collected). Another fun fact for the data people is the 96071km total on effort survey the Silurian has done so far, what a number!
Sun, sea, sailing and searching had made us all tired - Ed actually almost slept through dinner, and most everone else turned in soon after washing up, happily dreaming of all the animals we had passed unseeingly and will hopefully see tomorrow.



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Friday, April 14, 2017

Published: 15/04/2017

Loch Scresort, Rum
Lat. 57°00'.7N
Long. 006°16'.1W

Woke up at 5.30am again, but that meant I got a look into the engine room on the check before first breakfast, to which our beautiful "Farley Bridge" calls us. People seem to talk less and less at breakfast the longer the trip goes on.
Waking up to seastate 0, all our hopes were up for a beautiful day, and we were not disappointed; turning off the engine and letting the wind do all work under sunny skies, that is the life we all came here for. Through second breakfast and another lovely soup at the mast, we kept vigilance, made easy by the beauty and serenity around us. We did see some grey seals, bottling along, enjoying the day as much as we were. We then went for an extra loop in the Sound of Rum before tucking ourselves in this quaint loch, still not having gotten the sightings we were hoping for. Despite that, we all agree that the day was more than outstanding as it was (and Frazer kept adding that it is still valuable date we've collected). Another fun fact for the data people is the 96071km total on effort survey the Silurian has done so far, what a number!
Sun, sea, sailing and searching had made us all tired - Ed actually almost slept through dinner, and most everone else turned in soon after washing up, happily dreaming of all the animals we had passed unseeingly and will hopefully see tomorrow.



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Thirsday 13th April 2017

Published: 13/04/2017

Bunessen, Mull
Position:  56°19'.2 N
                006°16'.0 W
Miles travelled: 50 nm

The forecast for today was promising with a NW 4-5 dropping to 3 later.
After we came out of our stunning anchorage, we headed towards Colonsay. The swell had died down since yesterday so we decided to go around the west side of Colonsay. Coming around the south side of the island, we had to beat into wind with the sea getting a little rough. Once we turned North the wind gained strenght allowing us to put all sails up. That moment when you turn off the engine is bliss. You hear nothing but the water splashing past the bow. (and the occasional "Creel on left 200 meters.")
Once we got into the Sound of Iona the sea settled and the sun came out. The views got even better as we came around the Ross of Mull with the rocky shore on one side and steep cliffs on the other.
Now we are anchored, we can look forward to a traditional Scottish meal: Haggis!



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Wednesday 12th April

Published: 13/04/2017

West Loch Tarbet, Jura
55°58'.395N
005°54'.003W
95,888km (Silurian's on survey effort running total)
63.2nm (todays total distance travelled)

Today we left Loch Spelve at 0830 with a full bag of local mussels for tonight's dinner which is being cooked as i write. After leaving the calm waters of Loch Spelve we were soon greeted with the forcasted strong winds and the rough seas that they stirred up! Despite this spirits wern't dampened as everyone onboard enjoyed a thrilling sail down the east coast of Jura and through the Sound of Islay.

Frazer



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Tuesday 11th April 2017

Published: 11/04/2017

Anchorage: Loch Spelve, Mull
Position: Lat. 56° 20' .5 N
                 Long. 005° 44' .3 W
Distance travelled: 29.5nm

After a relaxing first night on the vessel, volunteers and crew were excited to start this survey. We headed to the pontoon to top up food, water, diesel and whatever else we think we might need, while also practicing our 'sighting' shouts and calibrating distance judgement.
As we headed out, the first rotation started and people anxiously watched for marine animals, creel, rubbish, bird & boats and anything else. Soon we all relaxed a little bit, more confident we'd spot whatever was around, which turned out to be not much.
We hit a bit of choppy water off of Lady Rock, in the Firth of Lorn; some of us liked it more than others, of course. As a result, the tally for today is an eagle, quite a few creels and some fake sightings Frazer called out for us to master logger, the software we use. Now, sheltered in Loch Spelve, we are having fun microscoping plankton, while the stew is beginning to tantalize our nostrils.
Me personally, I would say it's been a successfull first day, leaving us hungry for more of the scenery, sightings, science, sailing and super teamspirit!



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Wednesday 5th April

Published: 07/04/2017

Isle of Eigg.

Mercifully the wind had calmed and the rain had passed overnight so we were treated to a much kinder sea state as we sailed down the Sound of Sleat. It wasn't long before we were rewarded with sightings, first common seals and then an excited shout of dolphins was called from the mast! We all scrambled to get a look and work out the species. Needless to say we were all surprised to see 8 common dolphins! Are they the earliest common dolphins to be seen from Silurian?!

As we came out of the sound of sleat we then spotted two large navy ships which were emitting some crazy noises! We circumnavigated the Isle of Soay (spotted a couple of puffins!) before heading south to the Isle of Eigg where two minesweepers, an auxillary vesssel and an unknown navy vessel was spotted.

We all then went ashore and enjoyed a walk on the stunning Isle of Eigg-a new island for many!



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4th April 2017

Published: 05/04/2017

Isle Onisay Harbour

After a fun-filled evening of games, and a stormy night, we set off early from Plockton. The weather forecast was slightly underestimated and gusts reached an unexepected violent storm force 11 as we swung up between Raasay and Rona, and back down the Sound of Raasay! Despite this there were sightings of common seals, porpoises and a white tailed eagle. The Sound of Sleat denied us the shelter we had hoped for, and the crew braved more rough seas and icy winds before finding solace in Isle Orsay Harbour where we disovered that the hydrophone had picked up a total of 39 harbour porpoises during the day! Hot drinks and biscuits revived everyone's spirits and, as the sun now sets, we relish the peace and tranquility of yet another stunning anchorage.



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Monday 3rd April

Published: 03/04/2017

Plockton

The wind had picked up in the night (and causing some banging and clattering of the anchor chain) so we left Tarbet Bay and the shelter of Loch Nevis with some trepidation. Thankfully the passage up the Sound of Sleat was more comfortable than we had originally thought! One harbour porpoise and a handful of common seals were spotted. We passed through Kyle Rhea and encountered 48.8kt (thats storm force 10!) of wind- which was rather uncomfortable for those on the mast at the time!  North of the Skye Bridge we saw a large auxillary vessel and watched as a helicopter expertly landed on the deck. Edd the skipper was lucky enough to hear 4 porpoises surfacing before he (and the rest of the crew) spotted them which was a welcome and impressive sight after trying (and failing in some cases!) to eat rissotto on the mast in pretty wet an windy conditions! We decided to head for the shelter of Loch Carron and enjoyed a couple of hours of sea state 1 before tuning back and finishing the day in Plockton.



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Sunday 2nd April Tarbet Bay, Loch Nevis

Published: 03/04/2017

We set out early from Tobermory on the first trip of the season. The sun was out and the sea was calm, so it was smooth sailing past the Small Isles. Four minesweepers, part of the military Joint Warrior exercise, were spotted en route to the bay. The only cetacean, a harbour porpoise, was seen just as the Silurian's new anchor was christened in a suitably stunning location. Before tea the crew went ashore for a short walk to Loch Morar to take in the incredible scenery and build up an apetite.



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Published: 01/04/2017

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16th of October

Published: 24/10/2016


16th of October
Gallnach Bay
56˚50.5N
006˚15.2W
28.6nm travelled

Finally I managed to have time for a Plankton Trawl at Loch Ewe after two hectic days of travelling north and west trying to shadow the Nato Exercise ‘Joint Warrior’ Lots of Minesweepers, An Auxillary, Destroyer, and Frigate as well as other small craft Ribs etc…..Deploying the net was easy as we had a good strong ‘drift’ at anchor after a good ten minutes we retrieved the net, examining the contents finding to our delight we had caught Arrow, Bristle, and Paddleworms along with over a hundred Copepods of different varieties, Molluscs including Sea Snail, Moss Animals and Scallops, other Crustacea included was Barnacle, Cladocera(water fleas)and young Shrimp, Starfish, Moon, Hydroid and Comb Jellyfish we also had Phytoplankton with Diatoms being the main species and Dinoflagelates, a good evening was spent watching the animals.

Andy


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14th October 2016

Published: 24/10/2016


14th October 2016
Aultbea – Isle of Skye
44.7nm
How does that song go mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Rollin Rollin Rollin (either the Rawhide song or Limp Bizkit) which ever floats your boat, get it??????
Waking up we realised no one had switched the wind machine off from the night before or told the sun to come up. After playing chicken with a giant warship M 39 (we totally won) and they let us passed waving with their giant white gloves. We headed out to the open sea.
Beastie sightings were very few today with 1 common dolphin and 1 harbour porpoise although the common dolphin was breaching and leaping over the water covering a large distance. Did it know something we didn’t?
The wind came up and we rolled. And rolled and rolled and rolled and surfed a few waves then had a course change were we lost a few plates and nearly the spare Hydrophone. Thanks to speedy Stewart with the grace of a gazelle leapt over crew who were hanging on to the boat to catch the hydrophone before it went over the side. In response to the Skippers question of “I take it that was not tied on?” the reply came “yes it was!!!!!” sheepishly mumbled into the wind.
Rolled,rolled , rolled rolled rolled, ate curry rolled rolled rolled rolled rolled, then off effort and into an anchorage.
Quotes from the day – “are you alright – yes if you could call me a taxi to pick me up in 20 mins”
“it looks so calm from here”
“I hate boats”

Bring on the lasagne
By Sarah



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13th October 2016

Published: 24/10/2016


13thOctober 2016
Plockton to Aultbea
46.9nm
Heading off we encountered many many boats. 1 frigate, 1 destroyer and 6 or more mine sweepers from various countries and ranging in size. Butec range hailed us and we were to state our intentions as we were in the area of a live training exercise and advised to stay 3.5kms away from the coast. We moved over graciously to give them some room to play with their boats and guns!
Sighting beasties - we had a huge encounter with 45 individual harbour porpoises, with “sighting” being shouted in varying degrees of increased decibels and excitement levels and numbers increasing by the second. 2 or 3 massive groups of harbour porpoises were around Crowlin Island. The porpoises travelled passed Silurian and were blowing far into the distance which was ace. Other sightings were 2 Common seal, 1 grey seal, 1 unidentified seal and 1 unidentified Dolphin. On the super computer there were 20 Harbour porpoise detections.
Under the cover darkness we sneaked into the naval base (ok the sun was just setting and it was a refuelling depot but I needed to set the scene.) As the anchor was lowered a delayed sighting was shouted “it’s a porpoise, no it’s a seal, not it’s an ………………………..OTTER!!!” Binoculars and cameras were grabbed and all eyes were looking out for the elusive creature, who then put on a show catching his dinner diving and staying up for over 20mins allowing a photo shoot to take place. Crunching was heard so we presumed he was dining on crustaceans.
The sunset was beautiful and the haggis was simmering on the hob, many of the crew had gone ashore and using a mixture of whistles and torch signals were called back to the boat for an amazing dinner of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (and veggie haggis). Full tummies all around.
Then the wind picked up ………………………………………………………………………………


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12th of October

Published: 24/10/2016


Captains log
Star Date 12th of October
Plockton
57˚20.3N
05˚38.6W
47nm travelled
30 Harbour porpoise acoustic detection
Call all hands to man the capstan see our cable run out clear as we left Gallnach Bay. The far Cuilins were putting love on me as we sailed upon our journey past the isles. As we left the sheltered waters of the Sound of Eigg we sighted a German supply ship skulking behind as Norwegian ship have we located the Altmark? However our mission is to track Joint Warrior. We sight some minesweepers heading South and then we receive orders to head North for Raasay, where warships have been sighted and our bonny boat speeds like a bird on the wing over the sea past Skye. Handy Andy helps with the bird identification as we head into the Sound of Sleat where Eagles dare and switch off our acoustics
We pass under the bridge to Skye then take an unexpected change of course and abandon ideas of boldly going whgere no man has gone before and head for the sheltered waters of Loch Carron to drop our anchor off Plocton. Our sightings include 9 harbour porpoises the acoustics detected 9! Also we had one unidentified dolphin, 20 common and 3 grey seals and 70 creels.
We are all looking forward to a run ashore in Plocton and await to be issued condoms by bones. The masters of arms warns us that the Polis will no be standing for nae nonsense particularly from saussenachs and anyone causing trouble will be on captains defaulters in the morning.
Andrew's
Log


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11th of October

Published: 24/10/2016


11th of October
Gallnach Bay
56˚50.5N
006˚15.2W
28.6nm travelled
After a brief training session covering the 7 most common cetacean species spotted within the Hebrides, we began our voyage from Tobermory and headed north. This bi-annual expedition, known as ‘Joint Warrior’ is a military exercise conducted by NATO and allied forces to practice land and sea assault scenarios.
Our particular focus is to collect data on the effect of sonar on cetacean movement and behaviour within the surrounding area. Our team of 6 volunteers rotated around a 4 person watch and record system; 1 person would remain below recording sightings and environmental data, another person would relay this information and record any bird and boat activity. The other 2 positions were stationed on the mast, 1 person on watch for port side and 1 starboard.
The first sighting called was 2 harbour porpoises, swimming casually and quietly passed. Followed shortly after were 2 grey seal sightings, 1 common seal sighting and 1 unidentified seal sighting. All seals displayed ‘bottling’; a behaviour where the seal is stationary with their head bobbing gently up and down.
We continued along the transect and soon saw sight of 5 military vessels. Our acoustic data had shown some dolphin whistles within the area and shortly after we then sighted our first ‘splash’, a visual cue for a dolphin pod within the area. On approach to the Isle of Eigg we encountered a pod including 3 mother and calf pairs. All of the calves seen had visible fetal folds, suggesting they were only days old. Like the adults they displayed playful behaviour, including leaping and bow riding, but remained close to an adult throughout the encounter. Approximately 100 individuals were sighted in this playful pod.
The pod stayed with us for some time when we returned back to the transect route, finally leaving us when we sailed into Gallnach Bay. We dropped anchor and moored for the evening where we shared a beautiful, golden sunset with 2 grey seals and 1 common. Our first day of surveying was a resounding success and we cannot wait for day 2.
Anna and Jacqui


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Cetacean Reseacrh Survey: 18th - 29th September

Published: 10/10/2016



18th – Ullapool

19th – Loch Ewe – 34.4nm

20th – Loch Snizort 45.8nm

21st – Loch Greshornish 30.9nm

22nd – Plockton 50.0nm

23rd – Loch Gairloch 39.8nm

24th – Loch Erisort 37.7nm

25th – Loch Drum Baig 41.9nm

26th – Loch Ewe 46.3nm

27th – Little Loch Broom 30.3nm

28th – Ullapool 25.4nm


During our trip we have navigated a total of 382.5nm and in that time we have had a total of 64 sightings. Including:-


  • 6 Common dolphin sightings with 62 individuals
  • 23 Harbour porpoise sightings of 51 individuals
  • 2 Common seals
  • 4 grey seals
  • 29 unidentified to species seals

We also counted a total of 612 creels.

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Saturday 24th September

Published: 10/10/2016


58 ˚06’.353N
06 ˚25’.021W

From Tob Cromore to Loch Erisort


We woke up this morning to porridge for breakfast and ended with haggis for dinner. A lovely day overall, full of beautiful scenery and marine encounters. The sea was beaming with dolphin whistles, which was thrilling to hear. The waves were quite agitated so we had difficulty spotting them by sight, but hearing them underwater through the hydrophone was magic. We came across wonderful birds, two common dolphins, a harbour porpoise, and best of all a sleeping seal which was awoken to the Mint shouting sighting at it!
Columbina


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Friday 23rd September

Published: 10/10/2016

After a good and long night we started the day again with six volunteers. It is a relief to have Jan on board as it makes things much easier having a sixth person on board! At the beginning the sea was quite smooth and we were able to enjoy the nice scenery although… there were quite a lot of creels to call. Alex took a chance to climb into the crow’s nest. She was really enjoying herself up there and we almost forgot to take her down again. As Silurian was gliding over the water and the sea got rougher, we thought that it might be difficult to see any animals. To our surprise, all of a sudden we seemed to be surrounded by Harbour Porpoises. We obviously were sailing through a Harbour Porpoise hotspot. We recorded them six times (and a seventh time later on), they were swimming in a group of about 10 animals at least twice, which is apparently quite uncommon. We think we saw around 20 Harbour Porpoises today – that’s definitively a highlight! As we sailed on the weather got tougher and rough – Frazer was doing his kitchen dance and fiddling with the knifes, luckily no one got killed so far! We safely arrived at Shieldaig, Loch Gairloch and are enjoying Jan’s cooking.

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Thursday 22nd September

Published: 10/10/2016


Today we covered 50.0 miles going from Loch Diu Baig to Plockton. Since the weather forecast promised rather strong winds in the afternoon we had a quite early start around 7:15 a.m. Imagine a blue sky, a mild wind, lots of sunshine and absolutely lovely views. That was our start into the day. Shortly after starting our survey several common dolphins crossed our way. Followed shortly by another group of the same species. So within the first hour we got to see two pods of common dolphins with a total of 22 animals. During the rest of the day we had further sightings of 4 seals as well as 7 Harbour Porpoises. Unexpectedly the weather stayed really fine, with the wind freshening up a bit so we had a really nice trip and arrived early at Plockton. Being short of 1 volunteer we’re quite happy to pick up Jan who joins us on really short notice. So, now we’re waiting for dinner and looking forward to spend more days on Silurian with lots of sightings and hoping for good weather.
Alex


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Wednesday 21st September

Published: 10/10/2016


57 ˚30’.120N
06 ˚27’.541W

We had an early set off for Uig to drop off one of the volunteers, who needed to leave the boat. We remained there for long enough to have our 2 breakfasts at the same time and we gave bacon butties to the crew of the vessel we were tied alongside. Once food was sorted we headed out into the bay and went on effort. Standing by the mast in the swell was like being on a roller coaster, rocking from side to side. Sightings were few with only one harbour porpoise and 2 seals seen although there were 12 harbour porpoises heard acoustically. On the upside, all of us volunteers are becoming more adept at eating in the strong winds and not covering our colleagues with food. Due to the weather conditions we remained in slightly more sheltered waters. Conditions deteriorated through the day until we had heavy ‘liquid sunshine’ and on reaching our intended anchorage we came off effort. Several attempts at securing the anchor failed so we returned to the same bay as last night and successfully anchored. As dusk descended, the light was really special and then we were joined by 5 inquisitive seals, who had clearly smelt the delicious Thai curry cooked by Mint. The evening ended with a game, involving killing members of the Silurian village.


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Tuesday 20th September

Published: 10/10/2016


57˚30’.084N
06˚27’.564W

Loch Ewe to Loch Snizort

We started the day with the nice breakfast together following with sea birds identification session with Frazer. Everybody were ready at their own position when Silurian started sailing off from Loch Ewe, it was quite a windy morning. The currents were getting stronger in the afternoon, made it difficult to stay in the front mart, so we were moving to the crew deck instead and trying to spot the mammals from there. We found that eating the foods while we’re on duty on the windy deck is challenging (We suggested not to use spoon for soup, it’s better to drink directly from the mug. And check your jacket after the meal, you may reckon flying soup from someone’s cup. :p) Even we went through the tough day but fortunately before reaching at Loch Snizort on the Isle of the Skye, we did sight 7 harbour porpoises and 3 seals, thumb up for Andrea (even she got a sea-sickness but with the quick instinct she yelled ‘sighting’ after saw a sneaky little porpoise), Colombina, Priscilla and Frazer. After the rough day we anchored at the beautiful loch in the Isle of Skye, went up to see the sunset from the cliff and ended the day with a wonderful dinner.
Mint


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Monday 19th September

Published: 10/10/2016


57˚50’.693N
005˚41’.306W

Camas Alt Eoin Thomais – Loch Ewe

Today the Silurian left from Ullapool with pleasant weather and new volunteers hopeful for their first sightings and they were not disappointed. Two seals were spotted at the start of the day. Then, later in the day when hopes were fading, a pod of 35 common dolphins appeared and began bow riding. They remained for twenty-five minutes swimming alongside the boat. The Silurian reached Camas Alt Eoin Thomais (Loch Ewe) and anchored for the night.


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Ullapool Floating Classroom 2016

Published: 04/10/2016

Comments by the primary school children, summing up their experiences whilst on board Silurian.

Silurian at sunset, alongside Ullapool pontoons


Day 1 – 12/09/2016
Ullapool Primary School
Group 1 - P5/6
I enjoyed looking at the whales in the photo ID – Louis
I enjoyed listening to the noises on the computer and spinning the steering wheel. – Morgan
I enjoyed laughing about the noises. I want to come again. I like shouting sightings! – Josh
The noises and looking around. – Sean
I loved the bed and when we did the practice sightings. I would love to be a volunteer and do real sightings. – Lana
I enjoyed my time on the Silurian. I never knew what orcas sounded like. – Finlay
I liked the fact that you got bunks and you have computers and that there was loads of buttons and you could stand at the top of the mast. I want to work here. – Arwen
I enjoyed listening to the sounds on the computer and walking to the end of the bow-sprit. – Sasha

I liked going around the boat and the beds. I learnt that dolphins give their babies special names when they are born and that is what they are called for life. – Paige


Group 2 - GP5-7
It made laugh when I heard the sounds. – Erin
I liked the computers. – Jake
I liked the stuff above deck like looking for things and I learnt how to spot them. – Iona
I learnt how noisy it is underwater. I will remember the noises they make. – Nuala
Very fun. I enjoyed the whale spotting/bird. I learnt that the different dots on the computer mean different things. – Caillin
I liked listening to the whale and dolphin and I will remember this because it was fun. – Lael
I liked the noises, I liked the smell of food, I liked the crew. – Skip
I learnt that it can be tiring on the boat. In five years I might come on (if I have the money). – Velvet
I liked the listening to the noises and the smell of the food. – Fionn

Day 2 - 13/09/2016
Group 1 - P6/7
I liked the thing were we doing the quiz downstairs and upstairs. – Findbay
I enjoyed the search so we know were things are. – Georgia
I learnt some noises from underwater. When you see an animal underwater you say sighting. – Kai
I enjoyed the trip because it was very inspiring and I really want to volunteer when I am older. – Poppy
I enjoyed listening to all the sounds. – Catriona
I enjoyed going around the boat looking at all the different things. – Kaden
It was amazing. I want to live on the boat and I learnt where everything was and I saw pictures and sounds. – Layia

I liked hearing the whales and dolphins on the hydrophone. I also enjoyed doing the whale sorting. – Megan
Students learning how to spot cetaceans

Group 2 - P6/7
I enjoyed today. Today was very good and fun. I liked it so much. – Amy
I liked learning about the special names for the different things on the boat. – Eilidh
I learnt how they reported sightings. – Beth
I learnt about cetaceans – Fuaz
I enjoyed hearing the whales. I learnt about new species. I had good fun. I will remember about dolphins. – Danny
I learnt new words, and had fun when we shouted species we saw (even though they were cars). – Emma
I like that they ate lots and lots. I learnt what noises the cetaceans make. I enjoyed the acoustic survey and the visual survey. – Ivan
I learnt about how to know sounds and recognise what dolphin is what. – Ciaran

Today I learnt about when we see a killer whale we have to say sighting! – Lachlan

Group 3 – P5-7
I learnt how you spot them on top on the deck, and you have to shout sightings and tell them what you saw and what angle it’s at. You also look through a piece of equipment to find out how many meters away it is. – Heather
I learnt another two types of whale. I liked the whale and dolphin search. – Fraser
I liked looking out for the dolphin and whale. – Marc
My favourite part of today was listening to noises. – Chloe
Today was fun because I learnt how to spot dolphins. – Ben
I enjoyed the Silurian a lot. I especially enjoyed listening to the noises and exploring the ship. – James
I liked the one when we were shouting. – Sean
I liked listening to whales and dolphin sounds. – Aidan

I liked looking on the deck for things. – Catherine

Day 3 – 14/09/2016
Group 1 - P5/6
I enjoyed listening on the hydrophone. – Scott
I enjoyed shouting sighting loud. – Laura
I liked the boat. It was nice and it was really big. My favourite part was pulling up the sail and looking for things on the sheet. - Unknown
I liked putting the flag up. – Don
I liked putting up the sail. – Vanessa
I enjoyed listening to the sound. Rheo
I liked everything. I learnt about white nosed dolphins and how to tell the difference between each dolphin. – Unknown
I liked seeing a porpoise. – Shannon

I liked when we made up that porpoise in a shop. I learnt noises. Today was a cool day. – Scott

Group 2 - Badcaul and Scoraig Primary Schools
P1-7
I learnt how big a basking shark can grow. – Joe
I learnt all the special words of all the things on the boat. – Nathaniel
I liked learning about John Coe. – Jack
I learnt how to use the hydrophone. – Daniel
I enjoyed exploring the boat. – Meredith
I liked going outside. – Rowan
I liked being outside. – Rowan W

I liked listening to the sounds. – Luke

Children learning about the hydrophone
Day 4 – 15/09/2016
Lochinver and Achiltiebuie Primary Schools
Group 1 - P5-7
I enjoyed listening to whales and dolphins. Naming a whale Blue Fin. – Ella
I liked when we were looking at different the explore Silurian – Molly
I enjoyed seeing the bunkbeds and the kitchen and the – James
We have had to find a fridge. – Oliver
I love your boat. – Annabelle
I really liked exploring the boat it was really fun, and learning about different noises of whales/dolphins and where people stay and how they work! – Ellie
I enjoyed wandering about the boat. – Nathan
I will remember the sighting and how to do it. :) - Lacey

Group 2 - P4
I enjoyed seeing the Sammy seal. It was great. – Bronia
I liked the boat. – Grace
I learnt animal noises. – Jacob
I liked seeing the seal. – Ben
I enjoyed finding the bedrooms. I found everything inspiring. – Lexie
I liked seeing King Fatty. (the seal) – Ellis
I liked seeing King Fatty. (the seal) – Seumas

Group 3 - P6/7
I liked all the interaction and exploring the boat. – Finlay
I liked the noises of the dolphins. – Xavi
I enjoyed the sighting. – Georgia
I enjoyed listening and learning the sounds of cetaceans and boats and other things. – Robert
Today was very exciting because we got to experience what it was like to live on Silurian. J - Isla
I enjoyed when we were looking at the different noises of dolphins and whales. – Ruby
I liked looking for cetaceans. – Kevin
I enjoyed looking for the veg and fridge etc. I would really like to volunteer some day. – Anna

Day 5 – 16/09/2016
Group 1 - P6/7
I liked the noises. I liked the minke whale noise. – Millie
I learnt that one of the lower echolocation is the blue whale. – Alasdair
I learnt that boats and fish farms made noises on the hydrophone. – Ali
I liked listening to the sounds of the animals. :) - Annabel
I learnt the sounds of whales and dolphins and how they communicate. – Alexander
It was very interesting and fun! And I liked everything. – Max
I enjoyed hearing all the different sounds from whales and dolphins. – Joe
I liked listening on the computer to the different species noises. I have learnt all the sounds today. Daniel

Group 2 - P4-6
I enjoyed looking for the different things on board. – Calum
I will definitely remember how to sight different cetaceans. I loved learning about it. Thank you! – Isabelle
I liked everything it was very fun. – Freya
I liked everything on the boat. – Zoe
My favourite noise was the harbour porpoise buzzing and telling their babies off. – John
It made me laugh when I heard the noises on the computers. Fantastic day! – Millie
I enjoyed being on the deck. – Duncan
I enjoyed learning the different noises of the animals. – Toby
I learnt the noises. – Kieron

Younger students learning about the different species



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Friday 9th September

Published: 19/09/2016


We got up early and left Loch Roe with the intention of sailing back to Ullapool via the Summer Isles, as the weather forecast was severe gale force 9 and we needed to remain reasonably close to the mainland. We moored up at the Isles for a cup of tea but an emergency call on the radio from the coastguard alerted us to a fisherman in trouble nearby. He had got his propeller stuck in rope from his lobster pot. Frazer whizzed out on the zodiac to go and assist, whilst we followed in the Silurian.
The rope was rather mangled round the propeller but sterling work from Frazer and a knife helped free the fisherman who promised to make a donation to the Trust. We then went ashore for a lovely walk on one of the Summer Isles, with beautiful views over the bay. On our return, we were lucky enough to find two lobster from the fisherman on the boat. Sadly, that marked the last stop on our travels before the journey back to Ullapool. We had a deep clean of the boat, followed by a final meal out in Ullapool.


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Thursday 8th September

Published: 19/09/2016


Today was an epic day of sailing from Broad Bay, across the Minch to Loch Roe. With a strong swell and occasional winds of gale force 8, it was a difficult day for sightings but we still had the pleasure of sailing with around 4 common dolphins who came to play on the bow of the boat for around 45 minutes, jumping straight out of the water at times. Loch Roe was a beautiful anchorage, with a large number of grey and common seals visible on the rocks. We had time for a quick walk ashore before a couple of brave souls went for a quick dip in the water before dinner.


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