Morvern Minke

Struan has had a couple of amazing days. The weather has improved and the wildlife stepped up a gear. On the last 3 wildlife trips he has managed to spot a small Minke whale in the sound of Mull. On one of the trips there was a gannet feeding frenzy, a white tailed sea eagle watching them and a minke whale! There must be plenty of fish about going by the signs.
Also some chat of a minke in Tobermory bay too.

Lismore Birds

On the popular 2hr Castles & Wildlife trip there has been a variety of seabirds. Some of the birds spotted are not usually in the area. Arctic skuas, storm petrals and shearwater have all been spotted. The gannet feeding frenzies have also been seen on the trip. Other birds such as divers and the odd puffin too. The reliable guillemots, oyster catchers and shags also showing well.
The white tailed sea eagle chick has also fledged from the nest and has been seen close by testing its wings.

Double Rum & Goat

On Sunday the boys had a double boat charter to Rum. The weather was a bit dreich in Oban but as they powered North the weather dried up and the seas dropped. Some guests had a look around Kinloch Castle and others had a wee wander through the glen. Incredible scenery and an island well worth visiting and scaling the mountains.
Wildlife was abundant all day. On land they had wild goats, red deer and Rum ponies. In the water they spotted porpoise, seals (leaping clean out the water), a minke whale, thousands of shearwaters and many more seabirds.

Amazing Sights

June won’t be remembered for the good weather but there still has been some amazing sights. The other morning Cameron spotted a roe deer swimming from North Shian to the Isle Eriska (good choice of island). All the passengers were stunned to see the speed of the wee deer powering across especially with the tide running hard.
The up side of June is the cracking sunsets we have seen. Hopefully July will be a smoother month.

Cruising Again

Another cruise ship anchored at Oban. The Captain was new to the ship and decided to play it safe by dropping the hook outside the bay. The weather wasn’t ideal. However due to the distance the Captain decided to increase capacity so the guests weren’t kept waiting. As the day progressed the wind dropped and that made life easier. The guests really enjoyed Oban as some went up to the Highland Games and others explored the town. Great to see another growing market coming to Oban.

Harvest Time

The smallest vessel of the Coastal Connection fleet is Fingal. A versatile, robust wee boat that punches above her weight. She has been flat out harvesting seaweed from the research sites. Maintenance jobs were carried out on the site first then she would run back and forth to SAMS with loads of seaweed. Fingal made quick work of it and also harvested at another site in the sound of Kerrera.

Rissos Dolphins

Cameron had a couple of regular customers on a private charter from Tobermory yesterday. The weather was very poor visibility in the morning but cleared as they departed Tob. The sea went mirror calm and seabirds started to show up as they headed towards the Small Iles. After lunch at Muck they powered on towards Coll. Cameron spot some splashing in the distance, so they went to investigate. Usually this is common dolphins but soon realised it was a pod of Rissos Dolphins. The first time the skipper have ever seen this species. Amazing how different they are and almost white some of them. The day was topped off with a minke whale and a very close fly by of a sea eagle.