In addition to Keith Hart's thread... I've been out on a trip today, with my father on an friends new motoryacht. (yes, i suddenly want one of them to, Go Twin Volvo Penta!) We went from Salen Jetty (Ardnamurchan) up towards The Isle Of Rum,where we visited Kinloch castle
On the way up, about level with Tobermory/Kilchoan a Minke Whale
popped up, so he slowed right down, killed the engine, and it appeared that there were two or more of them, circling around a piece of high ground (according to the GPS chart) feeding. We then zoomed up, (With zoomed i MEAN zoomed. ~25Knots on a fairly large motorboat which will shortly be up for charter (has bedroom and toilet and stuff) )
So, we arrived at The Isle Of Rum, and visited Kinloch Castle, which was BEAUTIFULL!, had a quick lunch and took off again, went round the (i think) north side of Rum, up to canna, went to see the church there.. (tearoom was closed) and started heading back.
Suddenly, i saw a black object, YES! SHARK!!!!! Oooh, aaaaah etc.
slowed down, and they came right up to the boat.
Approx 3-4 Meters in lenth, two of them. They are so Elegant...
Basking Shark 1
Basking Shark 2
Basking Shark 3
Basking Shark 4
Basking Shark 5
I even got some film! (with digital camera.... dont expect to much)
It's about 5MB and should stream of the host.
Film 15 seconds
Went up past the north side of Rum after leaving Canna, and went to Muck (took about 20 min.... nice cruise with engine deafening sound)
Grabbed a nice cup of tea on Muck, (they appearently opened the new pier there today, with Scottish ministers and all) the slipway is about.... 10M wide? enough to park 6 cars next to eachother i think... and the pier can probably take an oil tanker, for a tiny community!
Im hosting all these images myself, to keep John Kennett happy!
They are quite large, so watch out if your on a modem, might take a wee while.
Anyway, there you go... small trip.. lovely weather, see basking sharks, seals (so common i rarely take pics, or never have cam ready) Minke whales, a castle.. nice cup of tea.. Great trip, loads of fuel burnt, but it's worth it.. and i think it might be more fun with a RIB, because you can decide to stop somewhere suddenly, with a big boat its not as easy...