An exciting two weeks up in Mull at the end of June it was! I travelled up to help out at the sea Life Surveys an organisation based at Tobermory in researching the marine life in the waters around Mull and also to provide the public with a chance to view the wildlife such as Minke whale, Baskin shark and Dolphin species.
The trip started with fireworks as on my first day and first outing to sea we got 2 Minke whale approach the boat at nearly touching distance! boom! I did not know where too look it was magic.
Beach BBQ on the evening to celebrate the longest day with great new friends I met at Sea Life Surveys and a midnight dip in the seas topped off a great first day.
On the 7 hour boat trips we did an island stop off (weather permitting) and the Cairns of Coll is a special place to visit with its white sea shell beaches and crystal water. A good number of Common Seal have also taken residents their and also GBB Gulls are Kings of the castle in the small collection of islands.
A Common seal and pale pup is pictured above and it is funny to see a young seal with its white coat which was a benefit during the ice age period for carmoflarge against predation but since the ice has retreated the pups still have the white coat for a two week spell.
It is a great place and when your on the isalnd it self you can never imagine your off the west coast of Scotland, but the fact of everyone wearing jackets and layers is normally the give away!
The seal were very sociable and inquisative which made the experience all the better. They seemed very relaxed and settled on the collection of islands but it still dosent mean that they are completly safe as a family of Orca Killer whales had been spotted around Coll during my visit.
A great time had and met some great new friends at SLS and hope to be back up again soon!