Ma­rine ex­plor­ers head for He­bridean is­lands

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

FRESH back from the Easter break, lo­cal pri­mary schools on the Isle of Skye will be tak­ing learn­ing out­doors next week, with pupils join­ing the He­bridean Whale and Dol­phin Trust (HWDT) on board its spe­cialised re­search yacht, Sil­urian.

Through­out the week, Sil­urian will be­come a float­ing class­room, host­ing pri­mary schools from across Skye, Raasay and Kyle of Lochalsh.

Pupils will have the chance to ac­tively explore the yacht, learn about ma­rine mam­mals and discover what life is like on board as a ma­rine sci­en­tist.

Ses­sions have been de­signed to in­spire stu­dents, spark in­ter­est in the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment and help in­form the de­ci­sion-mak­ers of the fu­ture.

Fol­low­ing their visit to Skye, Sil­urian will re­turn to sail the He­brides, un­der­tak­ing vis­ual and acous­tic re­search on whales, dol­phins and por­poises.

This is part of HWDT’s unique long-term ci­ti­zen sci­ence project, with data col­lected on board in­form­ing lo­cal and na­tional con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.

These an­nual sur­veys de­pend on pay­ing vol­un­teers, trained by the team to mon­i­tor and be­come ma­rine mam­mal sci­en­tists for the du­ra­tion on their trip.

For more in­for­ma­tion about He­bridean Whale and Dol­phin Trust , Sil­urian and the float­ing class­room, please visit

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