Basking Sharking

As the basking sharks arrive in the Hebrides, Cameron heads out to Coll to meet up with Shane and his shark squad. Over the past month they have had some incredible encounters. The weather has been real mixed and testing at times but that is the West coast life. The whole team had an epic day at Hyskeir Lighthouse with over 20 sharks about with glass calm seas. They have also spotted sunfish and a leather back turtle during their travels. Still a few weeks left in the season at Coll.

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Risso's

The boys have been spending a few days out West. In the rougher and deeper water they have had some amazing encounters. One day Cameron came across a pod of rare Risso’s Dolphins. They are usually a bit quiet and just cruise on past. On this occasion they put on a wee performance, a few breaches and head lobbing for over 20 minutes. There were a few calves spotted too, great to see young ones coming through in such a rare species.

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Ewe Need Help?

Last week eagle eyed Cam was heading from Loch Feochan to Oban for a wildlife trip. On the way he spotted a sheep on a rock munching some seaweed. The only issue was the tide was coming in fast and the rock would be completely covered soon. So he messaged Struan and Robbie to assist with the issuewe. The boys came round in the wee boat so they could land on the shore. Struan donned his velcro gloves and jumped onto the rock. He managed to pull the drenched animal from the sea and off it skipped. 

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Where Eagles Dare

On many of the trips running from Oban this season, the guests have enjoyed spotting the white tailed sea eagles. These beautiful birds are the biggest in Europe, with an amazing 8 foot wing span. As soon as you see one pass over the boat or soar against the skyline-you instantly know it is an eagle! The boys never tire of spotting the eagles for the clients. Mull and the surrounding area is a real hot spot.

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Longest Weekend

As the longest day came and went the weather was perfect over that weekend. This was very lucky timing as a large wedding took place on Tiree. Most of the runs back and forth to Tiree were smooth. On some of the transfer the guests spotted a range of wildlife such as common & bottlenose dolphins, minke whales and sea eagles. Could not have been a better weekend for a wedding.

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New Vessel 'Hyskeir'

The Coastal Connection team have added to their fleet. Hyskeir is a cabin Redbay Stormforce 11. A great addition that gives the business more availability to their clients The cabin provides more shelter especially in the winter months. The colour isn’t in keeping with the rest of the vessels but stands out. As always she has a slightly different layout than the other Redbays and will suit a variety of jobs. She will be seen in both the commercial and tourism sectors. 
Special thanks to Robbie, Michael, Lee and everyone that has helped with the refit of her.

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