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Harbour Master Quentin takes a glorious opportunity each summer to keep his skipper’s and yachtmaster’s qualifications up-to-date. Far from Dunbar he sails upon an uncrowded sea and among Scotland's unforgettable isles. You can sail with him as a citizen-scientist, see: https://hwdt.org/silurian

“The Hebridean Whale Trail is a network of fantastic whale-watching and whale-heritage sites across the west coast of Scotland that showcases the amazing wildlife, landscapes and history that make this area so special. The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) https://hwdt.org/ is a marine conservation charity that takes action through a unique programme of community-based research and education. This two-pronged approach ignites strong, local, stewardship and supports meaningful change for the conservation of Hebridean cetaceans and marine life.

We are change agents; 

  • Conducting the research that underpins the future safeguarding of whales, dolphins and porpoises. 
  • Training up volunteers to become citizen scientists on our research boat trips as well through our sighting networks.
  • We also provide educational experiences in our dedicated Discovery Centre, on our boat Silurian and by visiting schools around the whole of the Hebrides.“

One Of Quentin's citizen-scientist passengers, David de la Haye, shares his astonishing underwater sounds with Scotland Outdoors: The Underwater World of Sonic Explorer David de la Haye. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08rk6nc 

Have a listen to David's remarkable recordings of seal harems howling, underwater vocalizations by hydrophone, seals clapping their flippers, bizarre sounds of shrimps, dolphins communicating, birds, surf, and much more. It will open your ears to weird, ethereal and beautiful sounds.

Note: The yacht’s name Silurian refers to marine fossils commonly found throughout the Silurian period which include trilobites, graptolites, conodonts, corals, stromatoporoids, and mollusks. So now you know!

Photos from the HWDT website. Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2


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