Survey Reports

2019-04-21 - Oban–Tiree–Coll–Oban–Colonsay-Oban

Survey details

Survey route: Oban–Tiree–Coll–Oban–Colonsay-Oban

Company: Caledonian MacBrayne

Sea region: Minches & Western Scotland

Survey start date: 2019-04-21

Number of nights: Day sailing

Only the second leg of this month's survey (Oban-Colonsay-Oban) was undertaken due to logistical issues.


The survey on MV Clansman was very quiet with a sea state ranging from 2-3 throughout the crossing.  As always, we were made very welcome on the bridge by the Captain and crew. Unfortunately we didn't pick up any cetaceans on either the outward or return leg. There were a number of manx sheawaters spotted and guillemots and razorbills were also in evidence. A great skua was sighted not far off Colonsay. 


Bottlenose dolphins had been seen off Seil Island the day before and we scanned the waters with ever more determination as we passed through the locality but to no avail. This sailing returns to Oban at 9:15 pm and we were eventually beaten by the light and retired from the bridge.


Many thanks, as always to the Captain and crew of MV Clansman and CalMac for fcilitating our work.   


 Bird Seen -


Guillemot, razorbill, black guillemot, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, common gull, kittiwake, gannet, great skua, eider and manx shearwater.

Survey team members

Andy Gilbert, Stuart Dewar, Jane McVicar