06 August 2012

A Tale of Sula Beag

Sula
Hi there!  My name is Sula!  Welcome to my boat, the Sula Beag.  I'm a real sea dog and love to go out on the ocean with the crew to study the whales and other sea life that we see.

Tobermory Harbor
A gray day and calm seas make for good whale watching!

Headed out to see on the Sula Beag
Here we go, headed out to sea from Tobermory.

The Rudha nan Gall Lighthouse on Mull
Soon we pass the Rudha nan Gall Lighthouse.

Sula whale watching
Must keep an eye out for any sea creatures!  There are porpoises around here!

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If you get cold in the wind, on the upper deck, come down here and I'll sit next to you and keep you warm and make sure you are ok.

Common Seals
There are lots of common seals and Atlantic seals on the small islands north of Mull.  I don't bark at them.

Sula the Sea Dog!
The weather is being so good that we can take the launch out to one of the small islands so you can explore!  I LOVE riding on the launch!  Too bad the crew won't let me go exploring with you.  I would love to chase a few seabirds and splash in the water!

Island beach
Did you ever see such amazing colors in the water?  And such a lovely beach to land on!  The islands are so beautiful, let me tell you a little bit about them!

Wildflowers on little island
There are lots of beautiful wildflowers on the islands.

Daisies on the little island
The white petals of the daisies just glow against all the green grass!

Island Color
The water has such beautiful colors, from the palest sea glass aqua and green to the brightest aquamarine and cerulean blues!

Shell covered beach
The beaches are made of crushed seashells and in some places the shells carpet the beach!

Barnacles, Limpets and seaweed
Some of the rocks are covered in algae tinged barnacles, limpets and seaweed with it's little bladders that help it float.

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If you climb up to the top of the rocks, you can see out across the deep blue sea to some of the other little islands and watch the seals along the rocks!

White Shells
Or maybe you'd prefer to find a special shell or two to take home!

Island landing party
The tide will come in and cover most of the beach with seawater, so we'd best head back to Sula Beag!

The big Blue Sea
Now that the clouds are gone, the sea is the deepest indigo blue!  Time to see some whales!

Minke Whale
And there is a Minke Whale!  The crew takes photos of them and logs their positions into the research log.  We count at least 6 different whales today!  Isn't that amazing?  And one of them is a well known one called Knobbly because of the knobby shape of it's fin.  He came within a few meters of the boat the first time we saw him today!  I bark when I see whales to make sure that no one misses them!

Sula
All this work watching for whales is tiring stuff!  Time for a break!

Headed back to Tobermory
Time to head back to Tobermory.  Did you see the porpoises on the way back?  How about the Sea Eagle?  This has been a great day!

Crew and participants of 6Aug12 Whale Watch
To end the day, we'll take a photo of the group along with our lovely guide Gail and Captain "Pops".  I was busy helping mate Ewan take this photo!  That's my new friend Lisa over on the right.  I sat with her a lot today!  So glad you could come along on our whale watching trip today!

P.S.  Sula means Gannet in Scots Gaelic.  Sula Beag means Little Gannet.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day out, Lisa, and how fabulous that you saw so many whales. I love Sula Beag, the old sea dog! I can see the Mishnish in the background .. isn't the Tobermory waterfront colourful?
Val xx

Laurie said...

I love the islands and the sea life. The colors are so vivid and beautiful Lisa.

Kath said...

How lovely. Beautiful photos and I adore that wee dog. What a wonderful life for her. I did smile at her riding up front, one of my dogs is so obsessed with water, I can just imagine her launching herself straight into the sea!

Anonymous said...

I just got caught up with your travels. Took me a couple of days to read all your lovely prose and drink in your photos of the countryside. I shall be more faithful. What a marvelous trip of a lifetime. A vicarious experience is grand as well. Thank you so much for sharing, Lisa. ~Jan Myhre

Diane said...

Lisa, you are having such a wonderful trip. I hope one day to get to explore Scotland as you have. Thanks so much for bringing us all along!

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