Inspiring Ullapool’s Future Scientists and Sailors

As part of the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme’s Marine Project, five local teens joined HWDT on board Silurian to see what living at sea and researching whales and dolphins is all about. Find out from their perspective how they got on…

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Survey Summary: Teen Team Research Expedition 3

The last survey of 2018 - our third and final Teen Research Expedition, covering waters around Wester Ross and up to Lochinver. This trip really proves that volunteering on board Silurian, is about much more than spotting a few dolphins!

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Survey Summary: HWDT 13

During the survey we had some amazing sightings of several species of cetacean, encountering white-beaked dolphins, common dolphins, minke whales and harbour porpoise. We also had some incredible skies, including an amazing display of the northern lights, accompanied by shooting stars.

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Survey Summary: HWDT 12

During the survey we encountered four different species of marine mammals, including a sighting of 25 pilot whales! This was truly a special encounter for everyone on board and even though we have had reports of pilot whales this was the first ever time they have been encountered from Silurian in its 16 years of surveying!

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Rebecca Dudley
Survey Summary: HWDT 11

Despite some challenging conditions, we covered an impressive 290 nautical miles, encountering seven species of marine mammals. Harbour porpoise were the most commonly sighted species with 25 encounters of 47 individuals. Common dolphins came in second, with over 70 individuals seen!

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Rebecca Dudley
Scotland's Seas: Drowning in Plastic?

Here on the West Coast of Scotland, we're also seeing first-hand the devastating effects of our marine life. In 2015, our crew had a distressing encounter with a minke whale where it’s rostrum was caught in a plastic packing strap. Read more below about what we have done to help tackle the plastic problem, and how you can get involved with our work.

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Threat to UK Killer Whales Prompts Call for Urgent Government Action

New research published today in the journal Science, led by Aarhus University in Denmark, predicts more than half of the world’s killer whale (orca) populations face collapse due to the effects of invisible toxic pollutants called PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

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"Best school day ever!"

Last week, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust sailed Silurian, their bespoke whale and dolphin research vessel, to the islands on the edge of the Atlantic, taking a break from surveying for a special education visit to the Isle of Lewis. Read on to find out how the week went.

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Conquering Ben Nevis for HWDT

A team of intrepid explorers plan to undertake a sponsored hike to the summit of Ben Nevis this October, raising money for HWDT! Chris Sharples, who volunteered for HWDT in 2017, will undertake the challenge on 6th October 2018 along with friends Calum Branstone, Will Neal, and Kieran Wragg. Graham Hill, an experienced mountain leader who has generously offered to be their guide, completes the team.

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HWDT Launches Gaelic Education Programme

Following a consultation led by recently-appointed Gaelic Development Intern Kenny Rankin, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has adopted an official Gaelic name, part of an exciting step towards incorporating Gaelic into the Trust’s work at every level. Read about how the Trust are set to launch their new Gaelic Education Programme here.

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Sunfish Sightings off Scottish West Coast

You may have seen in the news this weekend reports of sunfish in Scottish waters. Reports of sunfish at this time of year are not in fact unusual, with similar numbers of sightings reported last summer. Check out some cool facts about these incredible ocean wanderers here, and if you're lucky enough to spot a sunfish, don't forget to report your sightings via WhaleTrack!

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