Darwin200 day 9: back to Scotland!

The morning started with a bit of excitement when Kerry spotted a basking shark before breakfast.

We started our daily cetacean survey after scrubbing the decks and cleaning  below.

Highlights included common dolphins leaping clean out of the water, at least two body lengths high, and a minke whale surfacing just 20 meters off our welldeck on the port side.

Aloft and close up, we saw fulmars and gannets and for a while, a kittiwake graced us with its company at the bows.

Later on, between Isla and Jura, bottlenose dolphins joined our bow wave for a short while.

And of course, the scenery is stunning!

This afternoon, we discussed physical oceanography and how the properties of water, global currents and structure of the water column in the oceans support life through climate regulation and sustaining primary production.

Having made good progress, we’re going along the island of Kerrara towards Oban, where we’ll anchor.

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