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What a great week of wildlife last week - hopefully this week will bring the same great sightings (and maybe a wee bit more sunshine!!)
We started the week with one of the best Minke Whale Sightings yet, and things did not go down hill! More and more common seal pups sighted each day, and wonderful glimpses of the Sea Eagle Chick too!!
Red Deer Stags, Golden Eagles, Gannets, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Grey Seals, Fallow Deer, Shags, Oyster Catchers, Canada Geese and Goslings and plenty of gulls and their chicks too!
Not to mention the porpoise, who have been uncharacteristically inquisitive this week allowing us some great sightings (and a few go’s at getting photos during their speedy breech out of the water!)
Even though yesterday wasn’t the sunniest of days, it was brightened up by another sightings of a Minke Whale. All on board were delighted by the sighting which was in the Gulf of Corryvreckan (The Corry).
To book onto a 3 hour Whale and Corry Trip, please call 01852 300 003.
On the 24th May 2012 while out on our 11:45 Corryvreckan Wildlife Trip we caught a glimpse of a fin - initially thinking it was a porpoise we headed over to investigate.
As it continued to breech we thought ‘is it a dolphin?’ but it was too big to be a dolphin!
Skipper Si, and Crew Allan quickly confirmed it was a Minke Whale to the delight of every one aboard, and to the rest of the Crew back at Easdale!
Fingers crossed for more sightings like this!!
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On Friday afternoon Seafari received a phone call from some friends up the road who had found a beached whale, sadly it was too late to be saved but we were asked if we could go along to help move it from the waterside to a location where it could be collected. Upon arrival we found that the whale was an extremely rare Pygmy Sperm Whale – very little is known about this species and most of what is known comes from data gathered from those that have been stranded.
We are unsure at this time as to why the whale stranded, and hopefully the research team will be able to find out – see this website for more information on strandings:
“Although cetacean strandings are sad events, they provide valuable opportunities to discover more about life history and populations, especially with species that are rarely seen in the wild.” - Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
The whale was collected yesterday and taken to Inverness to allow the scientists to investigate further.
Pygmy Sperm Whale:
Here is some information about the whale species – as you can see they prefer warmer tropical waters so why this one was on the west coast we just don’t know! We think it was a female and she was about 2 meters in length -