First Standard Survey of 2017 Complete
Following the interesting data recorded on our first survey of the season (Joint Warrior) the eagerly anticipated first standard survey had arrived. The survey spanned from the 10th to the 16th of April and covered a total of 306 nautical miles during the monitoring expedition. Silurian left Tobermory on the 11th of April and stopped over in Loch Spelve (Mull) for the first night. From here, Silurian headed south to West Loch Tarbert (Jura) to spend the night of the 12th, before heading north back to Mull stopping at Bunessan. For the penultimate day of surveying Silurian headed north to Loch Scresort on Rum before the final day of surveying through the Small Isles, back to Tobermory.
Throughout the course of the survey: 6 grey seals, 2 common seals and 1 unidentified seal were visually recorded as well as 125 creels. However, cetaceans sightings were low, with only a lone harbour porpoise recorded over the course of the voyage.
Using the hydrophone, there were a total of 65 harbour porpoise detections and 425GB of underwater sound recordings to add to the database.
Finally a big thank you from all of us here at HWDT to all our volunteers on board the first standard survey of the season. Despite some bitterly cold conditions you were always in good spirits and without people such as yourselves we wouldn’t be able to collect all the valuable data we do.
A great first standard survey of the season and hoping the rest of season continues in such high spirits.
We still have a few berths available for 2017 monitoring expeditions, please click here for more information.