Silurian sailing off St Kilda
Silurian sailing off St Kilda
Volunteers conduct visual and acoustic surveys each year from April through to October
Volunteers conduct visual and acoustic surveys each year from April through to October
Silurian anchored in the Southern Hebrides
Silurian anchored in the Southern Hebrides

Silurian

Silurian is HWDT’s dedicated research vessel and floating classroom. Silurian has been owned and operated by HWDT since 2001, and was previously used in the filming of The Blue Planet. Large and sturdy, she is the perfect vessel for travelling the Hebrides conducting scientific monitoriing and education work.

About Silurian:

  • 16m Skoochum One ketch built in Seattle in 1979
  • Berths ten people, with full facilities for life onboard
  • Fully equipped as a research vessel with crow’s nest for observations, computer systems and hydrophone for detecting cetacean vocalisations
  • 2.3m draft, 33 ton displacement with 134 hp Perkins Sabre engine
  • Navigational equipment includes echo-sounder, Global Positioning System (GPS), electronic chart plotter, radar and AIS (Automated Information System)

Onboard Silurian Blog

Most weeks from April to October Silurian is either monitoring the waters off the west coast of Scotland for whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and other marine mega-fauna, or visiting Hebridean schools as a floating classroom.

Keep in touch with HWDT’s scientists, education team and volunteers as they travel the waters of the Hebrides. We update the blog as often as possible over the summer months, so you can find out where we’ve been and the wildlife we have encountered. Visit the 'Onboard Silurian' blog.

Research Onboard Silurian

Onboard, our team of scientists and volunteers are conducting visual and acoustic surveys to find out more about the distribution, abundance, movements and behaviour of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other fauna such as basking sharks, seals and seabirds. These scientific surveys are licensed by Scottish Natural Heritage and accredited by WiSe.

For more information visit our 'Research Onboard Silurian' section.