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Old 31 August 2004, 21:28   #1
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Shaaaarrrrk! (In Scotland!)

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...
Some pictures:
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!

LOVELY place.

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...
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Old 01 September 2004, 01:56   #2
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Thank you very much for posting the pictures.

I certainly found it a truly amazing experience to see these wonderful creatures in their own wild habitat. You have certainly captured the joys or ribbing and sibbing in your post. Well done.

Sure beats the hell out of the Solent!

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Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Mr-d. Your photos and description are great!
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Oh god now I will have to trailer my 8.5m from Swansea to Scotland next year - and find guest houses with room to park!!!
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We rent out a caravan, can fit anything up to 3,5M wide through the gate, and park anything up to.... say... 20M on our small grass field, but hoping to make a second parking space... we have had visitors with a 6M RIB with twin 90's on the back park here, it went fine (Only that they decided to turn around on our little grass "relax" area with their big jap 4x4 and did not take the hardened bit up it, but went across a small drainage ditch, it made a mess.....

Yep, it's all out there, best of it all is... it's free and unlimited!
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Thank you

So, i become popular if i take nice pictures? hahaha

No dolphins seen here though.. i bet you have plenty of them...
Appearently there have been sightings of a Humpback whale off Mallaig.
Still waiting for spares for my boat, but i doubt i'll risk going that far out.
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So, i become popular if i take nice pictures? hahaha No dolphins seen here though.. i bet you have plenty of them...
How did you guesss that

Yes we do have dolphins here and have posted a few photos here Kithnos for the day
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Two pods of dolphins in and around the Firth of Lorne last month. One of Lochaline and the other at Lismore light.
Basking sharks are fairly common, even managed to get into the water with them now and again by predicting which way they are swimming and getting in ahead.
In fact one surfaced unexpectedly about three weeks ago right beside the boat, we had no idea it was there till it appeared
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Rupert, how do they react to people being in the water close to them? do they just suddenly dive away and re emerge about 50 metres further away?

Haven't seen dolphins for a while now, appearently there were some coming up the sound of Mull the other day, and swiming alongside the Tobermory - Kilchoan ferry.

How far out do you go with Tickle? Do you ever go into Loch sunart? If so, i might see you one day! And I'll wave!
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