Whale Watching Trips
Isle of Mull
A Wildlife Experience!
THE VESSEL -
Alpha Beta is an exceptionally well-equipped and maintained motor vessel. She is heavily constructed of GRP by Colvic. She is forty five feet long, displaces fifteen tonnes, and has fantastic sea keeping qualities.
Powered by twin Volvo Penta 250 horse power diesels Alpha Beta has a
cruising speed of 9 knots. She carries enough fuel to cover over 1,000
miles, more than enough to cover the area we operate in safely.
What we may encounter!
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the Hebrides is an area of outstanding beauty and productivity that has an abundance of wildlife.
Experience these magnificent 10 metre whales, that return each year to the area to feed on the plentiful fish stocks. Observe the fantastic feeding behaviour as they lunge from the water to scoop up the fish or the curious juvenile which often approach and interact with the boat, which leaves you wondering "who's watching who!"
Groups of porpoises are frequently sighted throughout our trips, the smallest cetacean found in British waters. Nicknamed "puffing pigs" these delightful creatures can be observed foraging and occasionally surfing in the waves. Tiny calves are often seen accompanying their mothers.
Common and Risso's dolphins are often encountered throughout the summer, although bottlenose and white-beaked dolphins are also occasionally seen. Dolphins are particularly playful with boats, riding the bow to give you a close up view of these beautifully streamlined animals.
These majestic predators pass through our area on occasion and you may be on the lucky trip that encounters them. These whales are a spectacular sight with their dramatic black and white markings and fearless ambience as they sweep through the area.
We often encounter these huge plankton feeders. Being the second biggest fish in the world, reaching lengths of 11 metres, they are awesome to watch as they swim in the tidal currents, mouth agape, filtering out plankton.
Sei whale and northern bottlenose whale are occasionally seen in our waters but are by no means regular visitors.
The marine scene here in the Hebrides is a fascinating dynamic interaction of many species.During your cruise it is likely that you will also encounter several species of seabirds such as kittiwakes, herring gulls, gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, Manx shearwaters, arctic and great skuas amongst others. The islands provide the perfect habitat for colonies of common and grey seals. These curious creatures are often sighted foraging out at sea or hauled out on rocks basking in the sunshine!
Looking after the wildlife Inter-Island Cruises is a member of The Scottish Marine Wildlife Operators Association, which means we operate under a strict code of conduct when encountering wildlife. This allows you to enjoy your wildlife experience with minimal disturbance to the animals. All our sightings of whale, dolphin, porpoise and environmental data are recorded to support the valuable work of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, a local charity, dedicated to marine conservation.
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