Long Basking Shark Season
Our season here is still in full swing with our wildlife sightings being top class. We're ending August with a bang with our final (august) trip having around 10 sharks all feeding on the plentiful zooplankton. Our sharks have been constantly good this month, but as always it's never a perfect record with two non-sightings days. We're still in high 90's percentage success which is amazing given we're searching for a highly migratory shark that spends much of it's time under water!!!!
It's not only the sharks that have been showing well, we've had (literally) hundreds of common dolphins, Luke estimated around 500 one day and we counted 10 Minke Whales on the same day also. Bottlenose dolphins have popped up more regularly than we're used to, with porpoises also been ever present. Our longer tours on Coll have shown some good otter watching, with clients early morning tenacity winning them some good photos for the memory cards! We've even had a few days where they have been swimming past the boat in broad daylight. Sunfish have been spotted a few times this month, but conditions haven't allowed any close encounters. However White-Tailed Sea Eagle sightings have been really good recently with the chicks fledged there is a few squabbles between juvenile and adult, making sure they find their own territories. Memorable encounters include some swooping down to fish behind a passing trawler or circling above the boat. With probably the highest concentration for WTS Eagles in the UK our waters are sure one the best places to see them!
Our tours continue into September with our last shark specific trips at the start of Sept (and will continue with sightings) and when then move onto a mixture of wildlife which include our lovely Seal & Lagoon
trips. We'll also be preparing for our October return to Iceland
and our autumn scuba diving.
Check out our calendar
here for opportunities.
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Photographer Lawson Wood eyeing up a large basking shark[/caption]
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Surface Feeding Basking Shark[/caption]
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Basking Shark Feeding[/caption]
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Common Dolphins Underwater[/caption]
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Snorkelling at our little slice of Hebridean Paradise[/caption]
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Proud eagle overlooking it's territory![/caption]