Expedition Survey ends on a bottlenose dolphin high!

A variety weather conditions kept us on our toes for the latest research expedition. Six species of marine mammal were encountered: common dolphin, minke whale, harbour porpoise, grey and common seal and on our last morning a pod of 15 bottlenose dolphin!

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All species checked off ID guide during Ullapool survey!

The seventh expedition of the summer season concentrated on the northern and western reaches of our survey area, with ten species of marine mega-fauna encountered, including: basking shark, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, white-beaked dolphin, minke whales, harbour porpoise, grey and common seals.

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*PRESS RELEASE* Mystery killer whale pod investigated off Scotland’s west coast

The identity of a group of nine killer whales off Scotland’s west coast, encountered during the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s annual marine research expeditions last year, remains a mystery, despite extensive research and a flurry of sightings of killer whales in the Hebrides over recent weeks.

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Spa days for Silurian

Our much loved research vessel, Silurian, received some mid-season maintenance, Bruce Crawford who joined the team to lend a helping hand tells us what they’ve been up to on board…

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Silurian volunteers have an unforgettable morning surrounded by basking sharks

Our latest research expedition concentrated on surveying the wild and remote northern reaches of our survey area, and saw Silurian sail up to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the UK mainland. It was a great trip with an unforgettable morning with basking sharks and plenty of other wildlife along the way too, and the evenings were spent enjoying spectacular sunsets and exploring uninhabited islands.

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Species galore as Silurian surveys the southern reaches of our survey area

The fourth survey of the summer season concentrated on the southern reaches of our survey area, with eight species of marine megafauna encountered, inlcuding: basking sharks, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoise, grey and common seals.

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Public consultation opens on Marine Protected Areas for whales, dolphins and sharks

Today the Scottish Government has opened a public consultation seeking views on proposals for four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). HWDT will be responding to the consultation and hope that all stakeholders will take the opportunity to voice their views, so that the best possible outcome can be reached for whales, dolphins, sharks and for coastal communities.

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